Grilled Sausages with Broccoli Rabe and Roasted Corn Polenta

Grilled Sausages with Broccoli Rabe and Roasted Corn Polenta - Just the TipIt happens every year without fail: the summer cold. I know I’m not alone in this as a bunch of people in my office are also sick (I blame you), but is there anything worse? Waking up this morning feeling like crap, I knew I would want something comforting but easy for dinner. Brian grilled up some hot italian sausages (I par-boiled them first to make sure they were fully cooked without getting too charred on the grill), while I stayed in and whipped up super-quick sauteed garlicky broccoli rabe and 3 minute instant polenta. I threw in some defrosted roasted corn (love this product from Trader Joe’s) to add some texture to the polenta. Now, excuse me while I bury my face in a box of kleenex and sip on a digestivo of NyQuil.

Grilled Sausages with Broccoli Rabe and Roasted Corn Polenta
Inspired by Rachael Ray

What I used:

  • 1 1/2 pounds hot Italian sausages (I used pork)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for brushing
  • 1 large bundle broccoli rabe, about 3-4″ stems removed
  • salt, pepper, crushed red chili flakes
  • 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup milk (I used 1%)
  • 1 cup quick-cooking/instant polenta (Pastene brand)
  • 1/2 cup thawed roasted corn kernels
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

What I did:

  1. For the sausages, fill a high-sided skillet with 3-4″ of water and bring that to a boil. Once boiling, drop the sausages in and boil for 10 minutes. Transfer to a grill (outdoor or in a grill-pan indoors would be fine) and char on all sides for about 5 minutes total. Let rest for a few minutes and slice on a diagonal.
  2. For the broccoli rabe, bring a large pot of water to boil. Season the water with salt and add the broccoli rabe. Cook for 2-3 minutes and drain. Heat a tbsp of olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and a pinch of red chili flakes and cook gently for a couple of minutes until the garlic is fragrant. Add the drained broccoli rabe and saute for a couple of minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. For the polenta, bring the chicken broth and milk to a low boil. Whisk in the instant polenta and stir for a minute or two until it has thickened. Turn the heat off and add the corn, butter, and cheese. Taste for seasoning and add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. To serve, spoon the polenta on a plate or shallow bowl and top with the broccoli rabe, sliced sausages, and additional sprinkle of cheese.

Grilled Sausages with Broccoli Rabe and Roasted Corn Polenta - Just the Tip

Grilled Sausages with Broccoli Rabe and Roasted Corn Polenta - Just the Tip

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