Pumpkin Polenta With Italian Sausage and Fennel

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“November/December 2005 RR magazine. Looks great for Fall dinners!”

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  1. Heat a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and brown the sausage.
  2. Transfer the sausage to a paper towel-lined plate.
  3. Add 1 tablespoon of EVOO (1 turn of the pan) to the skillet and then the onion and fennel.
  4. Cook the vegetables over moderate heat until tender but not brown.
  5. Add the wine and return the sausage to the skillet.
  6. Cook the wine away, a minute or so.
  7. In a large saucepan, bring the chicken stock and butter to a boil and stir in the pumpkin.
  8. Return to a boil, whisk in the polenta and stir until it masses together, 2 minutes (Watch out for splatters.)
  9. Remove the polenta from the heat and stir in the nutmeg, thyme, salt, pepper and Pecorino Romano cheese.
  10. Top the pumpkin polenta with the sausage and fennel.
  11. Garnish with the chopped parsley and serve.

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