In the time it takes to heat up frozen lasagna, you can make a from-scratch layered polenta dish that's every bit as satisfying. It needs nothing more than a simple green salad as an accompaniment.
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4 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 cups coarse or medium cornmeal
3 tablespoons olive oil
3/4 teaspoon dried sage
7 tablespoons grated Parmesan
2 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 pounds mushrooms, sliced thin
1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
6 ounces fontina, grated (about 1 1/2 cups)
How to Make It
Heat the oven to 350°. In a medium saucepan, bring the water and 1 teaspoon of the salt to a boil. Add the cornmeal in a slow stream, whisking. Whisk in 1 tablespoon of the oil and 1/4 teaspoon of the sage. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon, until very thick, about 20 minutes. Stir in 3 tablespoons of the Parmesan.
Meanwhile, butter an 8-by-12-inch baking dish. In a large frying pan, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter with 1 tablespoon of the oil over moderately high heat. Add half the mushrooms, 1/4 teaspoon each of the salt and sage, and 1/8 teaspoon of the pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until the mushrooms are golden, about 5 minutes. Remove. Repeat with the remaining mushrooms, 1 tablespoon each butter and oil, 1/4 teaspoon each salt and sage, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper.
Pour half the polenta into the baking dish and spread in an even layer. Top with half the mushrooms, followed by half of the fontina and 2 tablespoons of the Parmesan. Repeat with the remaining polenta, mushrooms, fontina, and Parmesan. Bake until the cheese is bubbling, about 15 minutes.
To contrast with the cheese here, look for a wine with both good acidity and well-delineated fruit flavors. The earthy red-berry flavors and refreshing tartness of a Bourgogne Rouge, the basic red wine of Burgundy, will be perfect.
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Review Body: This is so much better than any other recipe I found on the web. Other recipes like this were claiming that their method was the "real" one, yet, I found your recipe more authentic. Thank you for sharing.
Review Rating: 4
Date Published: 2016-08-18
Author Name: Yvonne Huizinga
Review Body: Made this to go with a beef tenderloin. I cooked polenta in chicken broth and forgot to add the parmesan cheese. I used about 2/3 white button mushrooms and 1/3 shitake - the only two fresh mushrooms that the grocery store had today. I used fresh thyme and chopped sage to season both the mushrooms and the polenta. As a side, the recipe will serve 8.
This was absolutely delicious and I will definitely make it again.
Review Rating: 5
Date Published: 2016-08-18
Author Name: Cookin4health
Review Body: FANTASTIC!!! Made this with portabellos and a few chanterelles. Used less parmesan and a bit of lite havarti (didn't have fontina) on top. Served it with grilled chicken and zucchini. Fantastic meal. Can't wait for lunch to have leftovers. PS Made 1/2 recipe for me and hubby as a side and will have plenty for lunch for both.