Creamy Baked Polenta and Mushrooms
Cubed polenta is baked with fresh mushrooms and a creamy, cheesy sauce for this hearty, satisfying, vegetarian meal.
- Serves: 4 persons
- 4 ½cups water
- 1 ¾cups cornmeal
- ½cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
- 1large egg yolk
- 4tablespoons melted butter, divided
- ½teaspoon salt
- 1pinch ground nutmeg
- 3tablespoons olive oil
- 1tablespoon butter
- 1medium onion, sliced
- 1pound fresh mushrooms, sliced
- ⅓cup brandy
- 3cloves garlic, minced
- 2tablespoons dry bread crumbs
- 1tablespoon dried parsley
Step 1Butter a 8x12-inch rimmed baking sheet. Bring water to a boil in a saucepan. Add cornmeal and whisk. Cook until mixture pulls away from the sides of the saucepan, stirring constantly, 5 to 7 minutes.
Step 2Stir in 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, egg yolk, 2 tablespoons melted butter, salt, and nutmeg. Pour onto the prepared baking sheet and spread into a rectangle about 1/2 inch thick. Cool for at least 2 hours. Trim edges and cut into 1-inch cubes.
Step 3Heat olive oil and 1 tablespoon butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and saute for 5 minutes. Add mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes. Stir in brandy and garlic; heat through, about 5 minutes more. The mixture should be saucy.
Step 4Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Butter a large baking dish.
Step 5Place polenta cubes in the prepared baking dish, top with mushroom mixture, including juices. Mix remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, remaining 2 tablespoons melted butter, bread crumbs, and dried parsley together in a bowl. Sprinkle bread crumb mixture on top of mushrooms.
Step 6Bake in the preheated oven until browned and bubbly, about 30 minutes.