Friday, November 5, 2010

15 Minute, Not Really At All Homemade Meal

As a tribute to the semi-homemade new first lady of New York, Sandra Lee, I present to you a fifteen minute not really at all homemade meal.  I made this up in the aisles of the supermarket at 9:30pm while visualizing what was in my freezer/fridge.  Kind of pisses me off that Madam First Lady has an entire show (and a magazine, I think) dedicated to her creations of recipes like these, but whatever.

I'm not doing so great with the tribute aspect of this post, but my intent to do so was clear, right?

Sausage, Peppers and Polenta
1 package pre cooked sausage (I used Aidell's Roasted Garlic and Gruyere Chicken Sausage)
1 cooking spoon scoop of tomato paste
1 freezer bag of mixed peppers
1/2 onion
1 pre cooked tube of polenta (should all be gluten free, but check to be sure, as always)
4 - 6oz red wine
italian seasonings (I used rosemary, thyme, basil and red pepper flakes)

Grab a large skillet, preferably one with high sides.  Heat it on high.  Add EVOO after 30 seconds.  Let EVOO heat for 30 seconds and add sliced onions and frozen peppers.  Pour wine and seasonings over peppers and onions and allow to bubble and reduce a bit.  Stir to evenly distribute spices and wine.

While the veggies simmer, cut the polenta into 1/2 inch thick slices.  Slice the sausage. 

When these preparations are done, use whatever spoon you had been stirring with to scoop a slightly heaping spoonful of tomato paste and stir well.  This will thicken up nicely to form a sauce.  A pinch of sugar could be necessary to cut the bitterness of the tomato paste/wine.  When peppers are cooked (about 5-7 minutes more), add sausage. Pop the polenta in the microwave for 90 seconds.  When the microwave beeps, kill the heat and cover the pan.

Place the polenta circles in the bottom of a casserole dish.  Top with sausage, pepper and onion mixture.  Sprinkle some parm for good measure.  I shit you not, This went from being stuff on the counter to on the table in 15 minutes flat. Makes 3 servings too!

Welcome to politics, Sandy.


  1. Did my email inspire the title of this blog post? Please say yes!

  2. Yes! I almost linked to that article but I didn't read it either. Though I did stare at that no makeup picture of her for a solid minute trying to make sense of it. :)