It rained in LA! May I say that again? It rained in Los Angeles. It was the perfect kind of rain too. It built slowly all day, came down at night, and was gone by morning. The best part was, you could feel it in the air. You knew it was coming. By nightfall, I began to hear the pings and pitter-patters on the copper awning outside my kitchen window. It made me happy to hear the soft landing of so many little drops. Did they know how welcome they were? Did they feel the gratitude of millions of people in this parched city? Naturally, I was inspired to cook. So I set to work, surrounded by a warm kitchen and the rumbling of the rain. I came up with this Sausage and Red Pepper Polenta Cobbler. It’s basically a corn biscuit-topped casserole. But polenta cobbler has a much more romantic ring to it. Or should I say a more romantic ping to it– in honor of the rain?
Savory Polenta Cobbler
In North America cobblers are typically considered to be sweet, made with the best of the season’s fruit. But old-world versions were more likely to be savory. Since cobblers get their name from the cobble-stone streets common to old villages in Europe I thought a savory version deserved your attention. Mine has sausage and red peppers– classic Italian partners– baked under a polenta cobbler topping. It’s baked in the oven, and served fragrant and bubbling hot. The perfect accompaniment to rain.
It’s a simple one-dish-wonder too. Which is wonderful for both the cooks and the dishwashers in your house. I bring a variation of this recipe out whenever the weather allows. One-pot meals, like this polenta cobbler, are pure comfort food to me. Maybe I’m referring to the comfort of not having a load of dishes to wash (maybe), but it’s more complex than that. In fact, I think it has something to do with the rain. GREG