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Delicious served as is, or with a marinara
sauce or other complimentary-flavored sauce, this makes a wonderful
meatless entree or hearty side dish.
Baked Polenta with
Roasted Peppers and Mushrooms
8 cups water
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons black pepper
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1 teaspoon dried thyme
2 cups polenta
1/4 cup roasted red peppers, well dried and diced
1/4 cup Wisconsin Parmesan Cheese, grated
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon butter
4 cups (8 to 10 ounces) sliced fresh mushrooms, e.g. mixture
of portobello, cremini, shitake
1 teaspoons garlic, minced
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup parsley, minced
Salt and pepper
- 10 to 12 thin slices (8 ounces) Wisconsin
- Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
- For Polenta: In deep saucepan, bring water,
salt, pepper, rosemary and thyme to rolling boil. Add polenta
in slow, steady stream, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to medium
and continue stirring 5 minutes. Add diced red pepper. Reduce
heat to low and cover. Cook 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add Parmesan, 2 tablespoons butter and red pepper flakes. Stir
well; set aside.
- For Mushrooms: Melt butter in skillet.
Add mushrooms and garlic. Cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add heavy cream, parsley, salt and pepper. Cook at gentle boil
until cream reduces and thickens, 10 to 15 minutes.
- Butter 9 x 13-inch baking dish and spread
half the polenta over bottom. Cover with half the slices of provolone,
tearing slices to fit when necessary. Spread mushrooms over.
Spread remaining polenta over and top with remaining provolone
- Bake about 15 minutes or until cheese
melts, browns slightly and casserole is hot.
- Let sit until the polenta sets and can
be cut in servings (it will still be quite soft).
Serves 24 as an appetizer, 8 to10 as an
Recipe and photograph provided courtesy
of Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Inc.
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