Pumpkin Polenta with Grilled Vegetables and Sausage

Aired August 27, 2007

1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO), divided
4 sprigs plus 2 tablespoons rosemary, chopped, divided
1 eggplant, sliced 1/2-inch thick
1 head radicchio, cored and cut in quarters
4 links bulk hot Italian sausage
4 links bulk sweet Italian sausage
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups chicken stock
1 1/2 cups milk
1 cup quick-cooking polenta
1 15-ounce can pumpkin puree or frozen butternut squash puree, defrosted
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon honey

When the sausage and vegetables finish cooking, slice the sausage on a bias and serve over the polenta mixture with the vegetables alongside.

Heat a grill to medium-high heat.

In a small bowl combine 1/4 cup of the EVOO and rosemary sprigs. Brush over the eggplant and radicchio. Grill sausage, eggplant and radicchio until cooked through, about 10-12 minutes.

While sausage and vegetables are cooking, bring the chicken stock and milk to a boil in a saucepan. Once the liquid comes to a boil, add polenta and stir with a wooden spoon until it all comes together. Stir in the pumpkin puree, then add the butter and honey. Finish with rosemary, salt and plenty of black pepper.

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