Thursday, March 02, 2006

Polenta with Mushrooms and Gorgonzola

Last night Keith bammed up a kick-ass Polenta with Mushrooms and Gorgonzola. The sauce was delicious. Here comes the science:

Polenta with Mushrooms and Gorgonzola [Serves 6]


200g quick cook polenta

salt and fresh ground black pepper

5 tbsp Olive oil

6 Shallots

2 garlic cloves, chopped

12 large field mushrooms, sliced

225g assorted wild mushrooms

2 thyme sprigs, finely chopped

75ml dry white wine

350ml double cream

175g Gorgonzola cheese, cubed

100g Parmesan cheese, freshly grated

juice of 1/2 lemon

4 tbsp chopped flat-leafed parsley


1. Pour 1 litre of cold water into a large saucepan. Season well with salt. Bring to the boil. Add the polenta. Cook, stirring continuously, until the polenta has absorbed all the water and is coming away from the sides of the pan. Transfer the polenta to a greased, shallow dish, patting it flat. Leave for 1 hour to set, then cut into slices. Brush the slices with 1 tablespoon of olive oil.

2. Heat 4 tablespoons of olive oil in a large wide saucepan. Add the shallot and garlic and cook gently over a very low heat until softened. Add the mushrooms, season with salt and freshly ground pepper, increase the heat and cook for 5 minutes, stirring now and then.

3. Add the thyme to the mushrooms. Pour in the wine and cook over medium heat until reduced by two-thirds. Once reduced stir in the cream.

4. Bring to the boil. Cook, stirring constantly until the sauce has reduced by a third. Lower the heat so the mixture is simmering very gently, add the Gorgonzola, Parmesan, lemon juice and parsley. Cook, stirring constantly, until all the cheeses have melted.

5. While the mushroom sauce is cooking preheat the grill. Grill the polenta slices until golden-brown.

6. Transfer the grilled polenta to a warm serving dish. Pour over the mushroom sauce and serve.



Blogger Skry said...

Yeah that sauce was well nice, but I was really unhappy about how the polenta turned out. I really thought that, of all the meal, that was the one part that was guaranteed to turn out tasting nice. Cooking instructions:

1. Slice polenta
2. Cover slices with olive oil
3. Grill for 3 minutes until golden brown

It's not like I messed that up - how could anyone mess directions that simple up? But it still tasted bland and had a terrible fine-grainy consistency.

Lucky that I bought too little of it and had to make up some tagliatelli instead, or the main meal would have been half-bland and crap tasting!

Won't be buying polenta again...

11:44 pm  

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