Sunday, July 1, 2012

Menu Sunday

Here's what's been filling our bellies the last two weeks...

Creamy Spinach Enchiladas
courtesy of Real Simple
Real Simple's Creamy Spinach Enchiladas #wfd
This was my second time making these, and they were just as delicious as I remembered!  Super, super easy as well. 

Spicy Venison Sausage with Brussels & Herbed Polenta
Spicy Venison Sausage with Brussels and Herbed Polenta #wfd
Oh y'all.  This was SO GOOD, if I do say so myself!  Really, really good sausage {mine comes courtesy of T-Pop's annual deer hunt} is the key to this recipe, fo' sho'. 

- 1 lb. high quality smoked sausage {venison, if you can get it}, thinly sliced
- 1 lb. brussels sprouts, trimmed & outer leaves removed, then halved
- 1 c. dry polenta
- 2 c. water
- 1 c. 2% milk
- 1 t. dried oregano
- 1/2 c. reduced sodium chicken broth 
- kosher salt
- ground pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a non-nonstick {oven ready} skillet over Medium heat, heat sausage for about 5 minutes, until fat is rendered and sausage is cooked through.  Add brussels and saute - about 3 minutes.  If brussels aren't sufficiently coated in sausage fat, add a glug of EVOO.  Add chicken broth, cooking another 3-5 minutes.  Put entire skillet into the oven and cook for 15 minutes. 

Meanwhile, place polenta, oregano, and a dash of kosher salt into a medium-sized pot. Gradually add water and milk, whisking continuously.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and cook 15-20 minutes, whisking often.  Salt and pepper to taste.  Top polenta with brussels and sausage... Enjoy! 

Chicken with Mustard Sauce & Asparagus Risotto
Chicken with Mustard Cream Sauce & Roasted Asparagus Risotto #wfd
One of my favorite go-tos... This chicken never disappoints, and the asparagus risotto is the perfect side!  Chicken and risotto recipes are both included in this past Menu Sunday post {the risotto is "semi-homemade"}.

Pot Roast with Carrots & New Potatoes
Pot Roast #wfd
Not so much a "summery" recipe, but crock-potting-it sure does help beat the heat in the kitchen! 

Turkey Burgers with Sweet Potato Oven Fries
Oven Fries Recipe found here
Turkey Burger + Sweet Potato Fries #wfd
We had some great turkey burgers in Atlanta whilst visiting friends last weekend, and I attempted to recreate them... Total Fail.  Mostly because our grill was out of gas so I attempted to "grill" indoors, and it just wasn't the same.  I also made the patties too large.  The fries were yummy though... the cold water soak really does help make them crispier in the oven! 

Hamburgers with Roasted PeeWee Potatoes & Grilled Sweet Corn
Grill Master! #wfd burgers, roasted pee wees, and grilled corn
This meal was E's masterpiece... all simple summer staples!  The pee wees we found were extra-tiny - smaller than a quarter!  They were roasted in a 450 degree oven with EVOO, kosher salt, & Johnny's seasoning for about 25 minutes.  The corn was rubbed with EVOO and kosher salt and grilled. Aaaaand he spiced up with burgers with a bit of Stubb's Hickory BBQ Sauce and Worcestershire. 


  1. Menu Sunday is basically the reason I use the computer on Sundays-- thanks so much for doing this even though you're so busy! Re: turkey burgers: my husband's favorite are Greek style: load them up with kalamatas, spinach, and feta, serve with tzatziki and tomatoes. So easy and very good.

  2. I recently introduced my mom to your Archer Farms risotto secret and she is basically obsessed. Can't wait to try this pot roast recipe!


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