Polenta is synonymous with northern Italy, especially the regions of Veneto and Friuli. In its most basic form cornmeal is simmered with water and salt until creamy and soft. Butter or cream may be added at the end of the cooking and some recipes call for the polenta to cool until set before it is cut into pieces and fried. In this version we keep the texture of the polenta soft and finish it with butter. Northern Italy is known also for its array of mushrooms, which we think make the perfect pairing for creamy polenta; seek out a mix of wild mushrooms if you can.
Polenta with Mushrooms
- 12 oz mixed wild mushrooms
- 2 tsp olive oil
- ½ cup coarsely ground polenta
- 2 ½ cups water
- 1 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 tsp red wine vinegar
- ¼ cup grated Asiago cheese
1) Tear mushrooms into bite sized pieces. Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the mushrooms and cook for 6 minutes, or until softened.
2) While the mushrooms cook, whisk 2 ½ cups water, 1 tsp salt, and polenta together in a Suvie pan.
3) Once the mushrooms have finished cooking, season with ½ tsp salt, transfer to a Suvie pan, and insert into the top zone of your Suvie. Place polenta in the top zone of your Suvie, fill reservoir, input settings, and Cook Now or Schedule.
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4) After the polenta has finished cooking, remove from your Suvie and whisk in butter (if polenta still seems too thick, whisk in up to ½ cup water, 1 tbsp at a time).
5) Season polenta to taste with salt and pepper, and divide between shallow bowls. Season mushrooms with red wine vinegar. Top polenta with mushrooms and asiago cheese.
Nutritional Information per serving (2 servings per recipe): Calories 340, Total Fat 20g, Total Carbohydrates 29g, Total Sodium 1520mg, Total Protein 15g