Perfect Polenta Dressing

Perfect Polenta Dressing

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"This recipe is a result of many years of experimentation to come up with a dressing that my whole family loves. It is a wonderful complement to the requisite holiday turkey, but is equally delicious when served with a smoked pork loin or leg of lamb."
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1 h 15 m servings 187 cals
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Original recipe yields 10 servings



  • Calories:
  • 187 kcal
  • 9%
  • Fat:
  • 8.6 g
  • 13%
  • Carbs:
  • 22.2g
  • 7%
  • Protein:
  • 6 g
  • 12%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 38 mg
  • 13%
  • Sodium:
  • 749 mg
  • 30%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Nutritional Information

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Whisk chicken stock, egg yolk, cornmeal, kosher salt, and white pepper together in a saucepan. Bring to a low boil; cook and stir until cornmeal absorbs all the chicken stock, about 8 minutes. Remove polenta from heat and cool.
  2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Spray a casserole dish with cooking spray.
  3. Cook and stir sausage, onion, fennel, and garlic in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until sausage is fully cooked and vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes. Stir sausage mixture into polenta until fully incorporated. Add bread cubes, pears, parsley, balsamic vinegar, sage, summer savory, and nutmeg; stir to combine. Transfer polenta mixture to the prepared casserole dish; cover with an oven-proof lid or aluminum foil.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until polenta dressing is cooked through and slightly browned on top, 30 to 35 minutes.


  • Cook's Note:
  • You can substitute French bread or other sturdy white bread cubes, and use dried apricots or dried figs instead of the pears.



My family enjoyed this dressing. I wanted to try something a little different from what we usually make and came across this recipe. I had a bag of polenta in the pantry that I needed to use and...