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Creamy Polenta With Sage and Roasted Wild Mushrooms

Sage In Snow

On a crisp, cold night this dish will really warm you up.


  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • 1 3/4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 3/4 cup polenta
  • 2/3 cup creme frache or sour cream
  • 1 ounce Monterey jack cheese shredded, (1/4 cup)
  • 1 ounce Parmesan cheese, freshly grated (1/4 cup)
  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated pepper
  • Roasted Wild Mushrooms

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bring water, broth, and garlic to a boil in a large oven proof saucepan over medium high heat.  Slowly mix in polenta.  Reduce heat to medium.  Cook 5 minutes, stirring constantly.  cover and place in oven.  Bake until thick, but still creamy, stirring occasionally, about 45 minutes. (add more water if mixture appears dry.)

Sage Leaves


  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup fresh sage leaves
  • salt

Heat oil in a small skillet over medium high heat.  Add sage leaves. Fry until crisp, about 10 seconds.  Drain on paper towels. Season with salt. Set aside.

Combine polenta, creme fraiche, Monterey Jack, Parmesan, butter, salt, and pepper. Spoon polenta onto serving plates.  Top with roasted wild mushrooms. Garnish with sage leaves. Seve Immediately.

Roasted Wild Mushrooms:

  • 8 gloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic or red wine vinegar
  • 3 sprigs fresh rosemary chopped
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1 pound large fresh wild mushrooms (shitake, oyster, or cremini)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Creamy Polenta With Sage

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with foil. combine garlic, olive oil, vinegar, rosemary, and thyme in a large bowl. Add mushrooms and toss to coat.  Season with salt and pepper. Arrange mushrooms in a single layer on prepared baking sheets.  Roast until mushrooms are tender and slightly crisp on edges, about 25 minutes.  Serve immediately.


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