Wednesday, January 1, 2014

White Cheddar Polenta with Sauteed Greens and Garlic Roasted Portobello's

Amy's favorite way to make polenta, which is the same way she makes grits.
"I cook the grits longer because they're coarser, adding more water if they get too thick.  I also skip the mushrooms if I don't have any.  Then I put a fried egg on top and mix it all together.  It's my quintessential comfort food.  It's also good with tomatillo salsa and/or jalapeños in oil."

  • 3 medium portobello mushrooms
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup polenta (coarse cornmeal, grits, or yellow cornmeal)
  • 2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter
  • 1 cup (packed) grated sharp white cheddar cheese (about 4 ounces)
  • 1 large bunch Swiss chard, ribs cut away, leaves cut in 3x1-inch strips (or Kale)
  • 1 10-ounce bag fresh spinach leaves


Preheat oven to 400°F. Oil 11x7x2-inch glass baking dish. Remove stems from mushrooms and chop finely; place in prepared baking dish. Using small spoon, scrape away dark gills from underside of mushrooms and discard. Cut each mushroom cap into 8 wedges; add to baking dish with chopped mushroom stems. Drizzle with 1 1/2 tablespoons oil. Sprinkle with 1 minced garlic clove, parsley, salt and pepper and toss to coat. Bake until tender, 25 minutes.
Meanwhile, combine 4 cups water and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt in large saucepan. Bring to boil. Gradually whisk in polenta. Reduce heat to low. Cook until polenta thickens and begins to pull away from sides of pan, whisking often, about 25 minutes for polenta or 15 minutes for yellow cornmeal. Whisk in butter, then cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in large pot over medium-high heat. Add 2 minced garlic cloves and sauté 30 seconds. Add Swiss chard and spinach and sauté until tender but still bright green, about 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
Spoon polenta onto plates. Top with greens and portobello mushrooms.

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