Fried Polenta with Mushrooms

August 15, 2019
This is a great dish for entertaining because you can make the mushroom sauce and the polenta ahead of time, then assemble and reheat when you are ready to serve. Perfect for a light lunch, appetizer, or side dish...Buon Appetito!

Yield: 6-8 small portions

Polenta with Mushrooms

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This is a great make ahead appetizer, first course, or Side dish


  • For the polenta
  • 1 cup polenta (can be quick cooking 3 minute polenta)
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbl butter (unsalted)
  • cooking spray
  • Vegetable oil for pan frying
  • For the Mushroom Topping
  • 2tbl extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion , chopped
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 oz mushrooms sliced (button or cremini  mushrooms may be used)
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup freshly grated Romano cheese
  • several sprigs of fresh thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • splash of heavy cream (optional )


How to cook Polenta with Mushrooms

  1. *Make polenta...
  2. Bring water to boil, add salt , add polenta in a slow stream stirring constantly til thickened according to package directions as for the time. Pour onto a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray, spread into a smooth layer.
  3. Set aside to set
  4. when set cut into desired shape
  5. heat vegetable oil in a large skillet to cover bottom
  6. pat any moisture off polenta, and add polenta to pan  fry until golden turning once
  7. place fried polenta onto a pretty platter or plate 
  8. top with mushroom sauce and serve
  9. to do ahead , proceed as above, place finished polenta on foil lined sheet pan to reheat when needed until heated and bubbly
  10. being careful not to overheat
  11. *Mushroom Sauce
  12. Heat oil in large sauté pan,  add onion and cook until golden, add mushrooms, sauté until golden, add garlic stir well  cook for about 1 minute, add wine and cook another minute,  add thyme, salt and pepper turn off heat and add butter, cheese and cream if desired.
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