A little recipe background: Why Polenta?
I guess you could say that Polenta has been trying to sneak it's way into my heart for the past year. It all started at the Gluten Free Expo* where I was first introduced to this little "corn log" ;). I had seen Polenta in the grocery store but I was a little weary of them. I mean, how do you cook a log of corn? And what does that even taste like? And why are people eating this stuff?
I wasn't scared...well, ok, I was scared.
So with a little encouragement from the sales rep at the expo I thought, "Ok, maaaaybe I'll give it a try..." But, I soon forgot my promise and went along my merry way until- a couple of months later my brother-in-law invited us over for dinner. On the menu: fried polenta. What in the world. There it is again. Popping into my life. This time I had the opportunity to taste it and I actually liked it! To quote a phrase from Home Alone "I'm not afraid anymore!"
I had been introduced, I had seen it been cooked, I had tasted it myself... Now, it was my turn to go and purchase one of my very own...
So, on my next visit to the grocery store, I found one down the spaghetti aisle. (They come in a variety of flavors ps and it's organic.) Excited and feeling brave I brought it home and placed in my cupboard...and there is stayed for the next 4 months... taunting me whenever I opened the door! "Cook me! Try me!" it would say. And no joke with 1 day left on the expiration date I decided it was now or never. ;)
This recipe was created purely out of necessity but the result is unique and tasty. The polenta in this recipe is used in place of where I would normally have gluten free pasta. It's a great alternative that cooks up faster than pasta and has the same filling effects. Try it and let me know what you think!
*Psst! The Gluten Free Expo is coming up soon on Oct 11th 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah. For tickets go to the glutenfreeexpo.com website.
Gluten Free Sausage & Polenta 15 Minute Casserole
(Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Contains Corn)
Created by jalene