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 Polenta Sausage Mozzarella Casserole
     5 1/2 Tbsp  olive oil  1 can (28 ounces)  crushed tomatoes
     1 Tbsp  chopped fresh oregano  1 medium yellow onion, halved lengthwise then cut into wedges
     1 medium bell pepper (red, green, orange or yellow), cut lengthwise into thin slices  2 cloves  garlic, minced
     1/2 teaspoon  salt  1/2 teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
     1/2 teaspoon  red chili flakes  1 pound  Italian sausage (removed from casings), sweet or spicy
     2 pounds prepared polenta, 1/2-inch slices if using prepared polenta in a tube  OR (can use one recipe of creamy polenta, leave out the cream cheese)
     1/2 pound (8 ounces)  fresh mozzarella, 1/4-inch slices  
Polenta Sausage Mozzarella Casserole
1 Preheat oven broiler on high. Heat 3 Tbsp of oil in a 2-3 qt saucepan on medium heat. Add tomatoes and oregano, simmer, uncovered for 15 minutes.

2 While the tomatoes are cooking, in a large frying pan, heat 1 Tbsp oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion, bell pepper, garlic, salt, pepper, and chili flakes. Cover the pan, lower the heat to medium, and cook until the vegetables have softened, about 5 minutes. Add the sausage, stirring and breaking it into small pieces as it cooks, about 5 minutes. Cover the pan and cook until vegetables are tender and the sausage is cooked through, about 5-8 more minutes. Add the tomato sauce and simmer for 10 minutes.

3 While the sauce is cooking, coat the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking pan with a 1 Tbsp oil. Add the cooked polenta (or slices) to the pan. Coat the top of the polenta with the remaining 1/2 Tbsp oil. Broil the polenta about 4 inches from the heating element until golden brown and crispy, about 10-15 minutes.

4 Pour sauce over broiled polenta, then arrange Mozzarella slices over the top and return the casserole to the broiler. Broil until the cheese is melted and beginning to brown, about 2 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes before serving.

Makes 6 servings.
 Categories:  Broiler, Cheese, Dinner, Main Dishes, Sausage, Skillet, pork, stove top
 Estimated Serving:  6
 Estimated preparation time:  25 min.
 Language:  English
 Shared by:  Jilly    2010/01/24
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