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Jun 27, 2011 09:37 AM

What goes well with polenta?

I have some polenta that I am going to brown and then serve topped with sauteed spinach, garlic and tomatoes. What meat would go well with this? I know I can always count on you chowhounders for the greatest suggestions! Thanks!

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  1. Easy and the best, to me, is Italian sausage, hopefully a mix of hot and sweet. I like the polenta bare so I can have different bites that don't always include everything.

    1. Braises of any kind.
      Beef stew
      Chicken cacciatore
      Osso Bucco
      Pork ragu

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      1. re: monavano

        I think those are better for soft polenta. The sausage idea is a nice one, and I'd also recommend a veal chop with a gremolata. Nice and summery.

        1. re: katecm

          Disagree entirely. Browned polenta will hold up to braising jus.

      2. I just made a mixed Tuscan grill with lemon chicken (whole birds), bratwurst and panzanella salad. I made rosemary polenta, let it firm up in the refrigerator, then cut into triangles and grilled also. Delicious w the chicken & sausage.

        Also, I love doing a mushroom ragout and serving it over a softer polenta w lots of grated cheese.

            1. Wine braised short ribs.