Portabella Mushrooms With Polenta and Balsamic Vinegar

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“My husband and I had an appetizer like this on our anniversary a couple of years ago at Table Rock Lake in the Ozarks. It was so yummy that I had to find a recipe to recreate it. I couldn't find the exact recipe so here is the modified version of a couple of recipes that I came up with.”

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In deep, heavy pot, combine olive oil and polenta.
  3. Cook over med-high heat, stirring, until polenta smells toasty, about 2 minutes.
  4. Remove pot from heat.
  5. Add boiling water carefully, as this will splatter if you add it too quickly.
  6. Stir until the polenta is smooth.
  7. Stir in garlic, parsley, thyme, rosemary, salt and pepper.
  8. Bake polenta, uncovered 20 minutes.
  9. Stir it well then bake for an additional 20 minutes, or until the polenta is creamy.
  10. While polenta cooks, lightly spray the mushroom caps, sprinkle with salt and grill, underside (gills) down, on a very hot grill or in heavy cast iron pan, about 4 minutes per side or until tender.
  11. Divide the polenta among 4 dinner-size plates.
  12. Sprinkle each with a quarter of the cheese.
  13. Top each serving of polenta with a sliced mushroom, fanning the pieces.
  14. Drizzle balsamic vinegar over the mushroom and polenta.
  15. Serve immediately.

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