Cookbook review - Savory Pies by Greg Henry and Sausage and Red Pepper Polenta Recipe

Cookbook review - Savory Pies by Greg Henry and Sausage and Red Pepper Polenta Recipe

div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/HVnuLmK5V3RQJ6yUhBISgaZzdlziw2orpQKSMXqo?feat=embedwebsite" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img height="400" src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-j9koyUUR9ds/UQATygUBPgI/AAAAAAAAMd8/bqXZp3mGJ00/s400/00%2520cobbler%25206%2520text.jpg" width="332" //a/divspan style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"/spanbr /span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"br //spanspan style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"I love reviewing cookbooks - it gives me a chance to cook and experience recipes that I would not otherwise find. Such is the case with bia href="http://www.amazon.ca/Savory-Pies-Delicious-Vegetables-Perfectly/dp/1612431062" target="blank"Savory Pies/a/i/b by Greg Henry. It is a gem of a book. No sweet pies will be found in this book though. All of the beautifully presented recipes are filled with vegetables, meats, poultry, seafood recipes that have some sort of crust. Traditional crusts, of course, are included but you'll also cobblers, filo pastry crusts, tarts, flat breads, and even hand pies.The book is divided into useful sections including crusts, appies, main course - meat and seafood, main course - vegetarian, and hand pies. The pictures will make you hungry! The instructions are clear and a nice bonus are the 'wine pairing' side bars that are included with many recipes. /spanbr /span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"br /The recipes will appeal to family nights (chicken pot pie and mac-n-cheese pie with potato crust) as well as fancier parties (carmelized fennel and onion pissaladiere or lamb and apricot phyllo cups). I plan on trying quite a few over the coming months. /spanbr /span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"br /The book itself is about 200 pages, soft cover and just the right size - it won't take up too much space on your cookbook shelf but I am guessing it will be well used! /spanbr /span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"br /The first recipe I tried was Sausage and Red Pepper Polenta Cobbler. It sounded like a hearty meal with  a healthy dose of veggies! I also love one pot meals that can be brought to the table straight from the oven! /spanbr /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/FCPeRK0F271hhai8nQuggaZzdlziw2orpQKSMXqo?feat=embedwebsite" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img height="640" src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-r9bfHDGrwrE/UQATziO7WnI/AAAAAAAAMeQ/oQLMi7AItd8/s640/00cobbler3.jpg" width="427" //a/divspan style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"/spanbr /span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"br /The instructions were easy to follow and the recipe had enough leeway to customize it a bit (e.g. adding garlic and paprika, switching cheddar for the parmesan, buttermilk for the cream etc) without affecting the end result. The polenta cobbler was outstanding and the sausage and veggies combined deliciously to keep you going back bite after bite until it was all gone! The recipe says it serves 4 but I think it could easily serve 6./spanbr /span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"br /Ulysses Press has given permission to reprint the original recipe below. And if you like savory pies go and buy this book!/spanbr /h2span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: small;"Sausage and Red Pepper Polenta Cobbler/span/h2divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/8x-gV1XISeqczGBaejyRwHtMjjHtKVK7xTgWv41wE4?feat=embedwebsite" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img height="225" src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/--L1QQ4Yuj28/UQA79fAOlBI/AAAAAAAAMew/pjntMeu64lA/s400/00%2520cobbler9.jpg" width="400" //a/divspan style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: small;"/span/divdivspan style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"ibSavory Pies/b by Greg Henry. Ulysses Press, 2012. ISBN  978-1-61243-106-2/i/span/divdivspan style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"br //span/divdivspan style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"br //spanbr /div class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"Makes 4 servings/span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"br //span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span lang="EN-US"span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"1 tablespoon olive oil/span/span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span lang="EN-US"span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"4 or 5 spicy Italian sausages (about 1 pound), removed from their casings/span/span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span lang="EN-US"span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper/span/span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span lang="EN-US"span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"1 medium onion, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced/span/span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span lang="EN-US"span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"2 red bell peppers, halved and sliced lengthwise into ¼-inch strips/span/span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span lang="EN-US"span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"1¾ cups all-purpose flour, divided/span/span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span lang="EN-US"span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"2 cups chicken broth/span/span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span lang="EN-US"span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"2 tablespoons tomato paste/span/span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span lang="EN-US"span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"3 cups loosely packed baby spinach (about 3 ounces)/span/span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span lang="EN-US"span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"½ cup quick-cooking polenta mix or yellow cornmeal/span/span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span lang="EN-US"span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"1 teaspoon baking powder/span/span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span lang="EN-US"span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"1 teaspoon baking soda/span/span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span lang="EN-US"span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"1 cup grated Parmesan cheese/span/span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span lang="EN-US"span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"6 tablespoons (¾ stick) chilled, unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch dice/span/span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span lang="EN-US"span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"1¼ cups heavy cream, plus 1 tablespoon for brushing/span/span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"br //span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span lang="EN-US"span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"Heat the olive oil in a 12-inch cast-iron or other ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and season with a pinch each of salt and pepper. Cook until browned, breaking up with a wooden spoon, about 10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove the sausage from the skillet. Pour off all but about 2 tablespoons fat./span/span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"br //span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span lang="EN-US"span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"Add the onion to the skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until somewhat softened, about 5 minutes. Add the pepper strips and cook 5 more minutes, stirring occasionally. Season to taste with salt and pepper./span/span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"br //span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span lang="EN-US"span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"Meanwhile, in a medium bowl whisk together ¼ cup flour and the tomato paste. Slowly whisk in the chicken broth until well combined; add to the skillet. Stir in the spinach and sausage and cook about 2 minutes, until slightly thickened. Remove from the heat and adjust the seasoning, if needed. (The filling may be prepared several hours ahead to this point; let come to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate.)/span/span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"br //span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span lang="EN-US"span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"Place an oven rack in the center position. Preheat the oven to 375°F./span/span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"br //span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span lang="EN-US"span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"In a medium bowl, whisk together the remaining 1½ cups flour, polenta, baking powder, baking soda, and ½ teaspoon salt. Using a pastry blender, 2 butter knives, or your fingers, cut or rub in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs with various-size chunks of butter visible throughout. Add the Parmesan, cutting or rubbing to lightly mix. Stir in 1¼ cups cream until a rough dough forms./span/spanbr /span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"span lang="EN-US"br //span/spanspan style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"span lang="EN-US"Drop 6 or 8 large mounds of polenta mixture over the sausage mixture, 1 inch apart. Brush the remaining 1 tablespoon cream on top. Bake until the filling is bubbly and the polenta topping is golden brown, about 25 minutes; a knife inserted in the center should come out clean. Bring the skillet to the table /spanand serve warm./spanbr /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/OD2pwjJCr7xpPaP5V6uygaZzdlziw2orpQKSMXqo?feat=embedwebsite" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img height="400" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-qAoM0FPdt24/UQATx4WmBI/AAAAAAAAMd0/CyLRM5O_rM4/s400/00%2520cobbler%25205.jpg" width="400" //a/divspan style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"/span/div/div

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