Balsamic Mushrooms with Polenta

Total Time


    For the Balsamic Mushrooms

    • 8-12 oz fresh mushrooms, sliced
    • Extra virgin olive oil
    • 2 Tbsp Bacon or pancetta, diced
    • 1 onion, diced
    • 4 garlic cloves, pressed or finely chopped
    • 1 cup white wine
    • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
    • 2 cups chicken stock
    • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped
    • Grey or Kosher Salt
    • Black pepper

    For the Polenta

    • 1-1/2 cups chicken stock
    • 1-1/2 cups heavy cream
    • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
    • 3/4 teaspoon salt
    • Pinch ground white pepper
    • 5 tablespoons polenta
    • 5 tablespoons semolina
    • 1/4 cup freshly grated Fontina cheese
    • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese


      To Make the Balsamic Mushrooms:

      1. Put 2 tbsp olive oil in large skillet over med high heat; add mushrooms and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until mushrooms are tender and begin to caramelize (approx 15-20 minutes - use a large enough pan as crowding the mushrooms will make them difficult to caramelize)
      2. Add bacon and onion and cook an additional 5 minutes. Add garlic, stir well, and cook another 5 minutes being careful to not let garlic burn. Add wine and cook until absorbed. Add balsamic vinegar, chicken stock and rosemary. Cook until liquid is reduced by half. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

      to Make the Polenta:

      1. Bring water to a soft boil in medium saucepan. Add 1 tsp. salt and reduce heat to medium, gradually add polenta to pot, about 1/2 cup at a time stirring constantly until totally incorporated into the water. Continue stirring until mixture thickens, about 10 minutes. Stir in olive oil and parmigiano reggiano. Taste and add additional salt if needed.
      2. Serve Polenta topped with a spoonful of Ragu, garnish with rosemary sprig if desired.
      © 2009 Creative Culinary. All rights reserved.