Polenta with Wild Mushrooms
A great side dish or a meal in itself. Use this recipe as a jumping off point to many exciting flavors. Dice up some root vegetables, mushrooms or chicken and place them in the bag with the rest of the ingredients. Top with sautéed mushrooms and some grated cheese and you have an easy to reheat (and repeat!) hit that can be made up to 4 days ahead of time.
Makes 2 Cups of Polenta
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 90-120 minutes
½ C Polenta, Coarse Ground
1½ C Chicken Stock or Vegetable/Mushroom Stock
1 C Half and Half
2 Tbs Butter
½ C Parmigiano Reggiano, grated
Sea Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper, to taste
For Sautéed Mushrooms:
8 oz Wild Mushrooms, fresh, cleaned
2 Tbs Shallots, minced
2 Garlic Clove, minced
¼ C White Wine
½ C Chicken Stock or Vegetable/Mushroom Stock
2 Tbs Fresh Tarragon, chopped
2 Tbs Olive Oil
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Cover bath to maximize efficiency at this high temperature.
Vacuum seal the polenta, 1½ C of stock (Reserve ½ C for mushrooms in Step 6), half and half, and butter in a large sous vide bag.
Cook polenta 1½ to 2 hours, until liquids have fully absorbed.
In a sauté pan over high heat, caramelize mushrooms. Avoid stirring during the first 30 seconds.
When mushrooms have browned evenly, add shallot and garlic. Sweat, but take care not to brown shallot and garlic.
Deglaze the pan by adding white wine. Reduce by wine by half. Add ½ C stock. Again, reduce by half.
Season mushrooms and add fresh tarragon. Remove from heat.
Remove the bag of polenta from the water bath. Open the bag and pour the polenta into a serving bowl. Gently stir in half of the cheese and reserve the rest for garnish. Season with salt and pepper.
Garnish polenta with sautéed mushrooms and parmesan cheese.