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Our highest temperature this week has been in the low 30’s, and for me that means fuzzy socks, my comfy couch..and chili!!

When I think cold weather comfort food, I don’t know if anything beats a pot of hot and cheesy Polenta, or a big bowl of Chili…other than maybe a combination of the two!

So, I played around with this recipe as I went along, and the final product was delicious. 
Just perfect on a cold winter’s night! So of course, I’m sharing it! 🙂

The Polenta takes this white bean and sausage chili to a completely higher level of yummy! 
It adds such a creamy, and hearty element and highlights all the other flavors incredibly. 
So..if you’re looking to try a unique kind of chili, or if you love polenta..give this a try!

The perfect Winter time chili!
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What you’ll need:
6 Italian sausage links (I used Brats..but any variety will work)
4 strips of crispy bacon..crumbled
1 Whole medium onion..diced
3 cans of northern beans..rinsed and drained
3 potatoes..peeled and cubed

3 carrots..peeled and cut into small pieces
8 cups chicken broth or stock
2 cups sour cream (reserve 1 cup for garnish)
1 cup polenta (cornmeal)
1 cup shredded mozzarella (for garnish)
1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes, chopped (for garnish)
1 tbsp. cumin
s&p to taste

Directions:
Brown up the sausage, and crisp up the bacon..set aside!
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Thick, creamy, comforting & so delicious! 

In a medium pan, saute the onion, potatoes and carrots until tender.

Add the chicken stock to the slow cooker and set to high..add in the cooked sausage, bacon, veggies and spices…bring to a simmer for approx. 4 -5 hours.
You can make this on the stove top!  You just have to be sure and babysit it..but it will be ready faster too!  🙂  

About an hour before serving, add in the 1 cup of reserved sour cream and the polenta..stir until the polenta is fully cooked, and the chili is thick and smooth..it only takes a few minutes!

Garnish with some sour cream topped with a sprinkling of Italian seasoning, cheese, and sun dried tomatoes!  ~Enjoy!!

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