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Pumpkin Polenta with Grilled Vegetables and Sausage

Serves 4 servings

Originally aired

INGREDIENTS
  • 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
PREPARATION

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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