Prep 20 mins
Cook 2 hrs
A.1. Original Sauce Recipe Contest Entry. We had this incredible appetizer on vacation this summer that combined creamy polenta with a savory sauce. My husband didn't think he'd like it at all but loved it - and he loves this entree version featuring ground turkey in a sauce that highlights A1, served over the creamy polenta with mascarpone and fresh corn. The tangy sauce is a great pairing with the rich polenta - making for a very satisfying dish!
- 6 tablespoons butter, divided
- 1 onion, diced, divided
- 2 tablespoons garlic, divided
- 2 -4 cups chicken broth
- 2 cups ground polenta (not pre-cooked)
- 1 -2 fresh ear of corn, cooked and removed from cob
- 8 ounces mascarpone cheese
- 1⁄2 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 1 (12 ounce) package mushrooms, sliced
- 3⁄4 cup A.1. Original Sauce
- 1⁄4 cup brown sugar
- 2 -3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 2 -3 tablespoons prepared mustard
- 2 -3 tablespoons chopped parsley or 2 -3 tablespoons basil
- Heat 2 tablespoons of butter in large pot. Add 1/2 diced onion and saute for about 5 minutes. Add 1 tbl garlic and saute for 1-2 minutes.
- Add 2 cups chicken broth and bring to a boil. Stir in dried polenta and reduce heat to simmer. Cook for about 1 1/2 hours until smooth, adding in additional broth or water as needed.
- Stir fresh corn into polenta and continue cooking on low.
- Spray large pan with cooking spray and brown ground turkey. When turkey starts to brown, add in 1/2 diced onion, 1 tbl garlic and mushrooms.
- Cook for about 10 minutes, deglazing the pan if needed with water. Add in A1 Sauce, brown sugar, mustard and vinegar. Stir until well combined and cook 5-10 minutes, adding in water if needed to keep saucy consistency. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Keep warm and set aside.
- Check polenta for consistency. If done, remove from heat and stir in 4 tbl butter, 1/2 cup parmesan and mascarpone. Season to taste.
- Serve turkey mixture over polenta and sprinkle with fresh herbs. If serving a crowd, you can also mix the polenta and turkey together.
This was terrific. the Polenta was creamy and rich, and the Turkey was tangy and Flavorful. When i tried this dish i couldn't stop eating it, the two components of Polenta and Turkey would have stood on there own, but together it was really incredible. I would have this again any day. putting the recipe together was not hard at all and the results were great.
As we say in Texas, this meal would make the rabbit hug a hound. I don't think this recipe would serve 8. I had 3 helpings all by myself.
Good to the last bite......