November 16, 2009

Rosemary Polenta with Mushrooms

I'd like to take a moment to thank myself for the lovely dinner I prepared and enjoyed tonight: Thank you, me.
I've been dreaming of polenta lately. Creamy polenta with a hint of parmesan and rosemary. So tonight was the night. And lucky me, I just happened to have some shitake & cremini mushrooms I picked up at Chelsea Market yesterday. Here's the recipe and some pictures. As my grandfather used to say, "May you have a hearty appetite"

olive oil (I spray mine from my handy Misto)
2 cloves of garlic, minced
8 oz mushrooms (I used shitake & cremini, you can use which ever you like), cleaned & sliced into even pieces
1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
dash of sea salt

Heat a nonstick pan over low heat. Add the garlic & saute about a minute until it just begins to soften. Add the sliced mushrooms & thyme, stirring for 2 minutes until the mushrooms begin to release their juices. Cover the pan, turn off the flame, and allow to sweat while you prepare the polenta.

Rosemary Polenta
2 cups water
dash of salt
1/2 cup Polenta
1 tbsp chopped rosemary (more or less according to your taste, & how much you love rosemary)
1/4 cup freshly shredded parmesan

Salt the water and bring to a boil in a saucepan or pot. Once it's boiling, slowly add the polenta and rosemary, stirring with a wooden spoon to avoid lumping. Turn the heat down to low and continue stirring until the liquid is absorbed. Mix in the parmesan, season with salt & pepper, and relax with a delicious meal and beautiful glass of wine.
Serves 2.
Since I have to get up to run tomorrow morning, I didnt indulge in a glass of red. Instead I added a simple green arugula salad with a splash of balsamic vinegar. Yum.


  1. That looks absolutely divine! I will have to make it for dinner one night. Thanks for the inspiration to cook Polenta! - Nancy

  2. Polenta is one of my very favorite things to make - LOVE the quinua polenta I've found in stores... yummy and quick - I'll have to try this recipe. You have many great recipes on here!!