Venison Sausage with Creamy Polenta

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6 servings

Chef Stanton elevates the brunch menu at The Heathman with a savory, hand-crafted venison sausage served with creamy polenta, smoked picante piperade and sunny-side up hen eggs. Housemade and artisanal sausages made with game can really differentiate the morning meal and be cross-utilized during all dayparts.


7 lb. boneless venison meat
3 1/2 lb. pork fatback
1 1/2 cups red wine
1/2 cup chopped garlic
1/4 cup harissa paste
4 tbsp. salt
2 1/2 tbsp. sugar
1 1/2 tsp. four-spice blend (pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander)
1 tsp. chipotle powder
2 roasted red peppers

Creamy Polenta
2 cups milk
1 cup water
1 cup polenta
2 cups cream
1/2 lb. butter
Salt and pepper, to taste

3 red bell peppers
3 yellow bell peppers
4 garlic cloves, sliced
Olive oil
1 tbsp. smoked picante
6 sunny-side up eggs, prepared to order


  1. Prepare sausage: Cut venison and fatback into small pieces; refrigerate until well chilled.
  2. In bowl, combine venison mixture with wine, garlic, harissa, salt, sugar, four-spice blend and chipotle; marinate 1 hour.
  3. Place meat mixture and bell peppers in meat grinder; grind and mix thoroughly until slightly tacky but well blended. Push through extruder into casings.
  4. Prepare Creamy Polenta: In saucepan, bring milk and water to a boil. Add polenta and cook, stirring constantly, for 10 minutes. Stir in cream, then butter, until well blended. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Keep warm.
  5. Prepare Piperade: Slightly peel the skin off peppers; slice peppers into fine julienne. In heavy-bottom saucepan over med.-low heat, heat 3 tbsp. olive oil. Add peppers and garlic; sweat until very tender, about 15 minutes. Stir in smoked picante; season to taste with salt and pepper. Keep warm.
  6. Grill sausages until cooked through, about 20 minutes.
  7. To serve, place a generous spoonful of warm Creamy Polenta onto plate. Spoon warm Piperade next to polenta; add cooked sausages on the side. Top with sunny-side up egg. 

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