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Hot Italian Sausage with Fresh Corn Polenta

This hot Italian sausage with fresh corn polenta dish has a great combination of creamy corn smoothness and the heat and juiciness of sausages.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 1143kcal


  • Kosher salt
  • 2 cups cornmeal yellow stone-ground
  • 3 cups corn kernels about 2 cans if you don't have fresh on hand
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese freshly grated, plus more for shaving
  • 12 links hot Italian sausage
  • 2 tablespoons parsley chopped


  • Bring 7 cups of water to boil in a large pot. Add salt.
  • While whisking the water, slowly pour in the cornmeal. Keep whisking until the mixture begins to thicken, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Reduce the heat to medium low and let the cornmeal cook, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes. If the mixture gets too thick, add just a bit of hot water, stir, and add more water in small quantities if needed.
  • Add in the fresh corn and stir. Continue cooking until the cornmeal is smooth and no longer gritty, 10-15 more minutes.
  • Add the butter and cheese and stir. Add more salt to taste if desired.
  • Grill sausages until done.
  • Let rest 5 minutes then cut into thirds.
  • Spoon cornmeal onto plates and top with the sausages. Garnish with parsley and a few cheese shavings and serve.


Calories: 1143kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 84g | Saturated Fat: 32g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 196mg | Sodium: 1927mg | Potassium: 868mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 448IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 150mg | Iron: 5mg