Spicy Turkey Sausage Ragu w/ Saffron Polenta
Why I Love This Recipe
When my husband & I met and married, we merged two very different eating styles. He'd grown up in the Midwest...a real meat & potatoes family. I, on the other hand, had grown up in Florida eating a cultural soup pot of foods...seafood to Spanish, fried okra to polenta, and everything in between. Lucky for me, my new husband was willing to try new things, so I began gradually introducing him to my style of eating. Soon enough, he was ordering seafood at restaurants, trying all sorts of ethnic foods, and loving polenta, risotto, deviled crabs, fish of all kinds, and even flan.
Our kids have always been exposed to different styles of cooking and different culinary ethnicities, but most recipes are tested on the adults before the kids are subjected to "experiments." My husband & I first shared this meal on a date night at home and quickly knew that the kids would love it too. Since then,this recipe is one that passed everyone's test.
Ingredients You'll Need
2 Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage Links--split & remove the casings & pinch meat into bite size pieces
1 TBSP olive oil
1/2 medium onion--diced
1/2 medium green bell pepper--cut into strips or diced
2 cloves garlic--minced
2 c. fresh, diced tomatoes
1/4 c. vodka
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes--less if you can't handle the heat
2c. chicken stock/broth
2 pkts Sazon seasoning with saffron (available in most supermarkets & Spanish grocers)
1/4 c. grated parmesan cheese
3/4 c. yellow cornmeal--plain...not corn meal mix
4-6 TBSP milk
In a large skillet, brown turkey sausage in olive oil. Add onion, peppers, and garlic. Sautee over medium heat until onions & peppers are tender. Deglaze the pan with vodka and add diced tomatoes, Italian seasoning, and red pepper flakes. Cook 20 minutes or until flavors taste combined. If the sauce becomes too thick add water or vodka.
In a medium sauce pan, bring chicken broth and Sazon seasoning to a boil. Quickly whisk in cornmeal and reduce heat to low. Continue cooking until thick. Add parmesan cheese and milk (to desired consistency).
Serve sausage & tomato sauce over polenta...super yummy!