Share Our Holiday Table – Grilled Sausage and Maple Corn Polenta

Grilled Sausage and Maple Corn Polenta

by Amber on December 10, 2010

Photo taken by Maggy Keet from ThreeManyCooks.com

When I was a kid, I had this favorite movie around Christmas time, simply called “Santa Claus”. I don’t remember a lot about the movie now, I haven’t seen them show it in years. But what I do remember is that one of the main characters was a homeless child. And the one scene I remember vividly, is that he was hungry. And a girl in a big, beautiful house saw him, and made him a plate, with roast beef, and rolls and took it out to him on Christmas Eve.

I know it was just a movie, but that scene always struck me hard. Hunger is such a basic need – and fulfilling it shouldn’t be as hard as it is sometimes. No child should ever go hungry. Let me say that again: No child should EVER go hungry. With the economy in the state that it’s in, food banks and shelters are going to be hit harder than ever this holiday season with people who need help to feed their families.

That’s why I’m participating in the “Share Our Holiday Table” progressive dinner party in conjunction with Share Our Strength, an organization dedicated to causes like the No Kid Hungry Campaign.

Share Our Holiday Table

Before we get to the recipe, please won’t you click on that box and donate to this wonderful cause? Even a couple of dollars will help, but did you know that just $25 will feed a child 3 meals a day for a month?

Myself, along with over 50 other bloggers, have each created a post meant to be for a course within the dinner party. I decided to make a family friendly main course.

My main course was inspired by another organization that does a lot for little kids, Disney. We first had a dish similar to this at Le Cellier in EPCOT’s Canada pavilion.

Now I know what you’re thinking – sausage AND polenta – Amber, that’s meat and a side. But it’s not. This is one of those things where each on their own, the sausage or the polenta, doesn’t shine. But every bite that you take when they’re together? Fireworks flare, angels sing, and the stars align. I am not kidding about that.

The sausages will be familiar enough in shape to hot dogs to not freak little kids out, and one bite into the creamy, sweet polenta is going to have everyone at the table in a swoon. It’s also just beautiful enough, just unique enough, to surprise and delight any guests that you have at your table. It’s also light enough to include plenty of other sides with your meal.

Click on the links below to work your way through one delicious meal!



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Nancy December 10, 2010 at 7:25 AM

Mmmm. Maple corn polenta. That sounds like it would even be good for breakfast.

Cara December 10, 2010 at 9:00 AM

I remember that movie too! I loved it! PATCH!PATCH! anyway… great post for a great cause!

Lori @ RecipeGirl December 10, 2010 at 9:21 AM

When I featured my appetizer, it was my first time making polenta. I couldn’t believe how easy it was. Your meal looks delicious!

Penny December 10, 2010 at 10:58 AM

Great post….I’m proud to be part of this with food bloggers like you. By the way, my mouth actually started watering as I was reading your post and looking at your photos..gotta make this soon!

maggy@threemanycooks December 10, 2010 at 11:02 AM

THIS IS SO YUM! I will make this again and again and again.

Lexie December 10, 2010 at 11:42 AM

Wowzie, maple polenta. Sounds so very DREAMY! Lovely post here. And such an honor to be participating in this event with bloggers like you :)

-Lexie | Lexie’s Kitchen

Michelle December 10, 2010 at 12:02 PM

This looks fantastic. I am a huge fan of one dish meals (that’s why I love @threemanycooks book so much!). Thanks for participating in our efforts to end childhood hunger! xoxox

Carol Peterman/Table December 10, 2010 at 1:23 PM

I bet that little hit of sweet in the polenta is fantastic with the sausage.

Amanda December 10, 2010 at 6:01 PM

Fantastic recipe… wonder if I can get something like it in Germany tonight. (Epcot that is!)

SMITH BITES December 10, 2010 at 6:11 PM

love it Amber – and am so thrilled to be a part of this project! love the recipe because polenta is one of my comfort dishes; you’re just pretty awesome!

Kristen December 12, 2010 at 11:20 PM

I remember that movie! Such a good lesson to learn at such a young age. Great post, Amber!

Shirley @ gfe December 13, 2010 at 2:54 PM

You convinced me with the maple factor on this combination, Amber! Great post … it’s amazing that a donation of $25 will go so far, isn’t it? A very compelling reason for so many to donate. :-) I’m happy to be participating in SOS’s Share Our Holiday Table with you and so many other wonderful bloggers. I really hope we make a big difference!

Happy holidays!

Jamie | MBA December 13, 2010 at 5:41 PM

Polenta is one of my most favorite dishes ever! This maple version sounds ridiculously delicious!

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