Monday, February 28, 2011

Polenta Rounds with Mushrooms and Truffle Oil





In recent years, I've noticed polenta making it's way onto every gourmet menu in town and taking over as the new side dish (often replacing mashed potatoes).  I grew up eating my mom's polenta (she served it with chicken cacciatore) which was incredible.  Only recently have I seen it anywhere else, and I'm happy it's making an appearance!  I made these as a quick, easy appetizer over the weekend and they were remarkable.  I'm definitely making them again next time I have a dinner party because they seem gourmet but only take a few minutes.  

Polenta Rounds with Mushrooms and Truffle Oil  (adapted from the Trader Joe's cookbook)
One package of pre-cooked polenta cut into 1/2 inch rounds
10 oz sliced mushrooms
salt and pepper
truffle oil
marsala wine

I sauteed the mushrooms in marsala wine for about 10 minutes.  In a separate pan, I sprayed it with my olive oil mister and sauteed the polenta rounds for about 5 minutes on each side (until brown).  Then arrange the polenta rounds on a plate, top with mushrooms, a pinch of salt and pepper, and drizzle of truffle oil and serve. 

26 comments:

Katie said...

That looks simple and delicious!

Joanna said...

Mmmmmm.. anything with mushrooms is delicious to me! And I have been loving truffle oil lately too.

Sam {fitnessfoodandfaith.blogspot.com} said...

these look so good! i've never tried cooking with polenta, but i think i want to give it a go!

Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

this looks interesting!

Kathryn {Sweet Tea and Champagne} said...

Mmmm... put truffle oil on anything and I'm game. These look positively delicious! xo

Kathryn

http://sweetteaandchampagne.wordpress.com

Nikki said...

Wow these look so decadent! I love polenta and mushrooms and I would never think to combine them. Such a unique recipe!!
have a great day Valerie!

xx
nikki

Marisa said...

yum I am so making those tonight! I looove mushrooms.

Marcie said...

Yum! Gemma used to make polenta all the time in college. This is a great idea for me to try making, and I've been on the lookout for new Italian meals.

Hope you had a great weekend!
Marcie

Mushrooms Canada said...

Bursting with Umami! I bet this tasted amazing!
- Brittany

FRANKIE HEARTS FASHION said...

I love polenta and this looks delish! Yummy! XO

Simply Bubblelicious said...

Mouth watering. I need to make those stat. I grew up on polenta and agree that it is nice that people are catching on. Tried your truffle oil pizza's a few week back.. YUM. Thanks for passing that along.

Carrie said...

val i'm in the woods. i'm not sure i've ever eaten polenta. maybe once? i can't remember for sure! i think this looks good and i love mushrooms. plus you're back at the wooing with the truffle oil which i do believe i may want to guzzle out of the bottle. just sayin.

hope you had a great weekend!
carrie

Val said...

Val~I will be right over!!!

Erica said...

This look so good! I'm going to have to make a trip over to TJs and buy some polenta. Yum!

Krystal said...

I might need to try polenta again, I made it once and could barely eat it...but mark loved it! Hope you had a great weekend :):)

Annie said...
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Annie said...

I'm on a mushroom kick lately so this looks especially good! and nice and easy! :) Hope you had a great weekend, Valerie!

Josie said...

Theses look delicious! I've never had polenta but they definitely look like a tasty appetizer. And did you do a bit of a redesign? I love it!
xo Josie
http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

Anna Jane said...

YUM - i love polenta and might need to make these next time i have people over for dinner. i am salivating, val!

Isabel said...

ooh looks delicious!


Isabel @ Walk of Fashion

Torrie said...

Yes. Another way to use my truffle oil. Thank you! :)

Lyndsy said...

I am addicted to polenta as of late. I made the basil, polenta, mushroom, mozzarella stacks from the TJ cookbook. SO good!

Pratishtha Durga said...

That looks super-delicious! Thank you for sharing. Would surely try this out...

Gabriel said...

These are delicious! I'm pretty sure if you drizzled truffle oil on just about anything you would love it!

Marie said...

One word: WOW!

***** Marie *****
allthingsmarie.com

Oh, My Darling said...

Yum yum yum!!! I loooove polenta!