I'm here this week for my Aunt Sarah's funeral. She was somewhere in her nineties and, apart from being my grandmother's sister-in-law, they were best friends from the age of four. While we celebrate Aunt Sarah's incredibly healthy long life, I feel sad for my grandmother who is now the last of her generation in Old Town. While living long and strong is a wonderful thing, it's also very difficult outlasting everyone you know.
So this week hasn't been one of cooking and experimenting. It's been one of filling our bellies with soothing easy to make and eat meals. One of my favorites is Pork Sausages with Creamy Polenta and Swiss Chard. It comes together in about 40 minutes and hits all the right buttons. Baby girl loves everything in here and it's a meal I turn to time and again when I just want to eat something I know.
Pork Sausages with Creamy Polenta and Swiss Chard
(Apart from the red wine, everything is local and should be easy enough to find at your local farmer's market. Pork sausages can be kept in the freezer and polenta in the pantry so the only thing you might have to pick up would be the swiss chard.)
What You'll Need:
4 Pork Sausages (large ones)
1 cup Polenta
4 cups Chicken Broth
1-2 bunches Swiss Chard chopped (About 4-6 cups)
2 cups red wine
Set a frying pan over a medium high heat. After a few minutes place the pork sausages in the pan and turn down the heat to medium low. Cook turning them every so often until the sausages are cooked through. About 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, add the chicken broth to a medium pot and bring to a boil. While stirring the broth with a wooden spoon, add the polenta in a steady trickle to the broth. Stir until the the polenta thickens and absorbs all the broth. About 30 minutes.
Once the sausages are ready, add the swiss chard to the sausage frying pan and cook while scraping up the porky bits until the leaves are wilted and the stalks are tender.
If you'd like a little read wine sauce simmer the wine and about 3-4 tablespoons of sugar until the wine is reduced by three quarters.
To serve, place a large spoonful of polenta in the middle of the plate with the swiss chard and sausage on top. Add a little splash of sauce if you've made it.
Approximate Cost:Groceries: $14
Cost per Meal: Expect four servings from this one.