Friday, July 19, 2013

Cajun Polenta

The last time I went to Trader Joe's, I bought a tube of polenta. Although I hadn't ever made it myself, I've ordered it at restaurants and love the texture and how it can be used in place of pasta in a lot of recipes. I originally thought I would slice it up and top with Mom's Spaghetti Sauce, but instead decided to create a new recipe. 

Awhile back, I won an Amylu gourmet chicken sausage giveaway from Food n' Focus. My prize included several varieties of sausage, including Andouille. So, I decided instead of going Italian, I'd instead spice things up a bit and voila, Cajun Polenta!

Only 100 calories per link!

The finished dish

As always, this recipe is very simple to prepare - perfect for the kitchen challenged and time pressed (read: impatient and don't like waiting for food to cook). It's also pretty healthy - polenta is one of the healthier grains and if you use a sausage like Amylu (FYI, they can be found at Whole Foods), your dish won't be weighed down with fat, nitrates and preservatives.

Cajun Polenta
Serves 5

1 tube polenta, sliced into 15 slices
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 small yellow onion, diced
1 stalk celery, diced
1/2 green pepper, diced
3-4 small cloves garlic, diced
1 package Amylu Andouille sausages (4 links), sliced
2 cans diced tomatoes, drained
1 cup corn (I used frozen)
1 Tbsp Cajun seasoning

In a large skillet, heat 1 Tbsp olive oil then add the polenta slices. Cook 4-5 minutes each side or until golden brown. Once cooked, remove from heat and set aside. 

Meanwhile, heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in another large skillet, then add the diced onion, celery, green pepper and garlic. Cook for 3-4 minutes before adding the sliced sausage. After the vegetables are soft, add the diced tomatoes, corn and Cajun seasoning to the pan. Simmer for another 10-15 minutes.

To serve, place three slices of polenta on each plate and top with the sauce. You can also serve the polenta and sauce on top a bed of spinach - my favorite way to eat pretty much any dish :)

Now that I know how easy it is to prepare polenta, I'm sure I'll cook with it a lot more. Which brings me to my question for you:  

How do you like to prepare polenta? 

Recipes and tips are much appreciated!

- ST


  1. I've never bought tube polenta. I've always made it with cornmeal.

    1. I would try that if I had more time in the evenings :) I watched a Martha Stewart show where she made basic polenta with cornmeal but the cooking time alone took 45 minutes. Eek.