Friday, January 28, 2011

Fontal Polenta with Mushroom Saute

Okay, I think that's it. I think that's the last of the mushroom posts...for now anyway...bwaAAHAHAHAHAHA!

(Forgive me, we've had quite a few snow days and the cabin fever is making me a bit crazy.)

This is a really good recipe if you're making polenta for the first time. I adore polenta, I love it's creamy, smooth, yet nutty texture. It's so filling and rich and is the perfect palate for so many toppings and mix ins. This particular version is full of melty, creamy fontina cheese, and then topped with a gorgeous mixture of sauteed mushrooms. So filling, and great for your meatless Mondays. It also gave me an excuse to use my French Onion Soup bowls again!

Fontal Polenta with Mushroom Saute
Cooking Light December 2010


2 tablespoons olive oil
2 (4-ounce) packages exotic mushroom blend, chopped
1 (8-ounce) package presliced cremini mushrooms
1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme
1/2 teaspoon minced fresh oregano
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1/3 cup organic vegetable broth
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
2 cups 2% reduced-fat milk
1 1/2 cups organic vegetable broth
3/4 cup instant polenta
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded fontal or fontina cheese, divided
1/4 teaspoon salt


1. Heat oil in a skillet over high heat. Add mushrooms; sauté 4 minutes. Add herbs and garlic; sauté 1 minute. Stir in 1/3 cup broth, juice, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and pepper.

2. Bring milk and 1 1/2 cups broth to a boil. Stir in polenta; cook 4 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in half of cheese and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Divide polenta among 4 gratin dishes; top with remaining cheese. Broil 5 minutes. Top each serving with 1/2 cup mushrooms.

Per Serving:
CALORIES 377 ; FAT 18g (sat 7.9g,mono 8.1g,poly 1.3g); CHOLESTEROL 42mg; CALCIUM 322mg; CARBOHYDRATE 30.5g; SODIUM 784mg; PROTEIN 16.9g; FIBER 4.6g; IRON 1.2mg


ARLENE said...

My favorite polenta combo is polenta and mushrooms. This looks so delicious. Forgive my ignorance, but what is "fontal" polenta?

Chow and Chatter said...

looks great love mushrooms and polenta great combo

Erica said...

Polenta is TOTALLY delicious! And with cheese melted in- SO good! Have you ever had breakfast polenta? Have a great weekend

Shelby said...

Can you believe I have never had polenta?! This looks yummy and I LOVE don't have to stop! ;)

Lara said...

We're getting a little cabin feverish around here too. The polenta and mushrooms sounds like a great combo!

Leslie said...

Me and polenta are very good friends. Add mushrooms and cheese..then we are BFF's!

Mary said...

What a lovely recipe.My family would really enjoy this. They love polenta and they love mushrooms, so this dish would be perfect for them. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

Cathy said...

I just made polenta and plan to top it with sauteed mushrooms. I love this combination. Great minds think alike Teresa.

nathalia said...

Oh yum! Looks divine!

Ingrid said...

After looking at your dish. I guess buying polenta in a "roll" was a mistake. I'm going to give your recipe a try.

girlichef said...

Oh my garsh, Heaven! This sounds flippin' amazing...fontina and polenta and mushrooms, Oh My!! Seriously, yummy stuff.

Julie said...

Love the cheesy-ness going on in there. I keep reading that as "frontal" polenta, though :P

Joanne said...

All I need is a big bowl of polenta to sit down to and I am seriously content. This looks like one delicious recipe!

Chris said...

This looks fabulous. I love perfectly made grits and use them often with dinner meals. But I have not tried polenta and that is something I aim to change. This one sounds like a good starter one.

Reeni said...

I just love my polenta with lots of cheese and fontina sounds like the perfect match for it! This is so hearty and delicious!

Barbara Bakes said...

I love the way you've described this meal. I'd love to taste it.

Cheryl said...

Look at you go, I am soo afraid of making Polenta, now I think I can! Thanks for sharing!

Kim said...

Oh my...creamy, cheesy, and savory with those mushrooms! I bet this is unbelievably delicious.

Liz said...

mushrooms and thyme! Yum!

The Blonde Duck said...

Looks seriously good!

FoodFanatic71 said...

I can't wait to try this! Looks yummy!