Paula's Polenta with Mushroom Topping Recipe -
Paula's Polenta with Mushroom Topping Recipe
  • READY IN 35 mins

Paula's Polenta with Mushroom Topping

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"This is a great veggie recipe that can be eaten as a meal or prepared for an appetizer. Even my meat and potatoes husband enjoys it."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    35 mins


  1. In a heavy saucepan over high heat, bring water to a boil with salt and pepper. Slowly pour in cornmeal, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Reduce heat to low and cook 20 minutes, stirring frequently as the mixture thickens.
  2. Using a wet spatula spoon the cornmeal mixture (polenta) 1/2 inch thick onto a sheet of wax paper. Set aside to cool.
  3. Preheat oven to broil. Lightly grease a baking sheet.
  4. Heat oil in a large skillet over high heat. Cook mushrooms, onion, garlic and herbs in the hot oil until mushrooms are tender.
  5. Cut cooled polenta into squares and place on prepared baking sheet. Broil until browned on both sides. Serve with mushroom sauce.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 04, 2005

I can't rate this because I changed way too much from the recipe. Like others who've rated the recipe, I find polenta to be very bland. So while cooking it for this recipe, I added to the water-cornmeal mixture: salt, pepper, minced garlic, ground cumin, whole cumin seeds that I'd toasted in a pan, chile powder, and onion powder. In addition to the mushroom topping in this recipe, I also had a pico de gallo-style topping, and a garlic onion tomato sauce topping. I made a pile of lightly-steamed spinach in the center of each plate, placed several polenta slices on the spinach and garnished them only with a little coarse pepper and salt, and some sprigs of cilantro. Then I made small piles of each type of topping in an array around the polenta so that toppings could be added as prefered by the consumer. This went over really well and got rave reviews - the first time we've had polenta and liked it!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 09, 2007

I agree - the recipe as written is bland. I added some feta cheese which helped but I would not make it again.


20 Ratings

Dec 29, 2003

This recipe worked great when I doubled it to make 8 servings. I also used some Shittake mushrooms which brought a rich flavor to the sauce. Another tip, it was difficult to transfer the cut polenta from the wax paper since I accidentally cut through the wax paper when I was slicing the squares. The waxpaper stuck to the polenta. So I just lifted it with teh wax paper and flipped it over when I put it on the baking sheet and then peeled off the wax paper. This worked well for me. This is a savory recipe.

Aug 29, 2002

I liked the simplicity of this meal. The polenta may be used as appetizers. Broiling the polenta until browned gave it an oily flavor which was similar to fried tortilla chips. Baking lightly gave a great flavor.

Jan 22, 2009

This came out pretty good but I did make a few changes of my own. I sauteed the mushrooms, onions,garlic and added a couple slashes of white wine and some fresh spinach at the end. When the spinach wilted i topped the fried polenta. I enjoyed this and will probably make it again.

Jan 14, 2004

So great. My polenta hating husband even loved it, plus it was easy and fast!! I did make some minor changes...I used green onions instead of white ones, sprinkled each polenta blob with balsamic vinegar and parmesan cheese and broiled for 6 minutes...but thats all. Really devine, wished I had made more. Will add to rotation.

Mar 14, 2011

Overall a good recipe and for sure a do again. I used a sifter to add the cornmeal to the water so that it would not lump, added about 1/2 cup parmesian and some fresh basil to the polenta before I spread it. The mushroom topping was great as is, but next time I may add 1 tbs of butter or splash of white wine right at the end to make it more of a sauce.

Nov 05, 2007



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  • Calories
  • 283 kcal
  • 14%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 34.4 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 14.6 g
  • 22%
  • Fiber
  • 3.2 g
  • 13%
  • Protein
  • 5.2 g
  • 10%
  • Sodium
  • 299 mg
  • 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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