Tonights dinner was fantastic! We (and by we, I mean my husband) grilled these amazing sausages that we bought on trip to Campos do Jordao. Yeah, that's the kind of souvenirs I buy when I go on vacation. We bought them from this fantastic little German restaurant called Harry Pisek's where the chef (of the same name) studied sausage making in Germany. We also bought some of the dark mustard made by Chef Pisek. YUM!
I made a creamy polenta with parmesan and sautéed some onions and green peppers. Oh, and the bonus aspect of this dinner....my husbands homemade beer was ready for drinking. Can you say AWESOME?!
|Double IPA homemade by my husband|
The polenta was really easy. I've made firm polenta but had never done the creamy version so I wasn't sure what to expect. Basically, you bring chicken stock (or veggie stock or water) to a boil, whisk in the polenta, salt and pepper and stir until it's nice and thick. Then, you take it off the heat and add tons of cheese and butter. How can this not taste delicious, right?
4 cups chicken stock
2 large cloves of garlic, minced
1 cup polenta (I used med ground polenta/corn meal)
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup freshly grated parmesan
2 tablespoons butter
Bring chicken stock and garlic to boil. Slowly whisk in the polenta. Turn down heat to medium low. Add salt and pepper and stir. And stir and stir. Bacially, you have to stand over this and stir it until it's done. Depending on the grind of the polenta you use, it can take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour. Mine took about 20 minutes. Once it's nice and thick, remove from heat and add cheese and butter. Taste and adjust seasonings. Easy peasy!
Oh, and my daughter wanted to help out, so she made artwork for the party.
The sausages and sautéed pepper and onions went perfectly with the polenta and homemade double IPA's.
Really nice Sunday dinner. Hope you all had a lovely weekend!