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Tomato-braised sausages on parmesan polenta

An Italian twist on bangers and mash.

By Rodney Dunn
  • Serves 4
  • 10 mins preparation
  • 50 mins cooking
Tomato-braised sausages on parmesan polenta
Tomato-braised sausages on parmesan polenta


  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 kg chipolata sausages
  • 2 Spanish onions, cut into wedges
  • 125 ml (½ cup) red wine
  • 60 ml (¼ cup) balsamic vinegar
  • 2 400gm cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 6 sprigs of thyme
  • 2 tbsp oregano leaves
Parmesan polenta
  • 800 ml milk
  • 300 gm yellow polenta
  • 250 ml (1 cup) pouring cream
  • 160 gm (2 cups) finely grated parmesan
  • 60 gm unsalted butter, at room temperature


  • 1
    For polenta, bring milk and 800ml water to the boil in a large saucepan, season to taste with sea salt and ground black pepper. Add polenta in a thin stream, whisking continuously, reduce heat to low and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon, until polenta is smooth and creamy (30-35 minutes), then stir in cream, parmesan and butter. Cover with baking paper to prevent a skin forming and keep warm.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, heat oil in a deep frying pan, add sausages and cook over high heat until brown (2-3 minutes), set aside. Reduce heat to low-medium, add onion and cook, stirring occasionally until caramelised (8-12 minutes), add wine and vinegar and cook until reduced by half (4-5 minutes). Add tomato and sugar, stir to combine and bring to a simmer, add sausages and herbs and cook until sauce is thick (25-30 minutes).
  • 3
    To serve, pour polenta over a large wooden board or platter. Make a well in the centre, spoon sausage mixture into the well and serve immediately.


Drink Suggestion: Succulent red barbera. Drink suggestion by Max Allen

  • Author: Rodney Dunn