Polenta rounds w/ Portobello Mushrooms.
4 ingredients, much flavour

Here’s the thing about side dishes and appetizers.

They should be easy. Why? Because I say so. My theory pretty much ends there. I think it’s a good one though.

This quick polenta dish is perfect for either an appetizer or a side dish. AND it’s easy.

All you need is a tube of polenta (doesn’t that sound appetizing), 2 Portobello mushrooms, 1 red onion, balsamic vinegar and some goat’s cheese.

The fella doesn’t like this concoction. But the fella doesn’t like mushrooms. I on the other hand, HATE mushrooms. So it would make sense that I love this.

There’s something wrong with one of us. It’s probably me.  I can be difficult.  Unlike this appetizer.

 

Gather your food stuff.

1

 

Dice your onion and cleaned mushroom.

2

 

Cook onions then mushrooms.

3

 

Serve on warmed polenta, top with goat’s cheese.

4

 

For some reason a lot of people think food needs to be difficult to taste good.  It doesn’t.  Honey.  Honey isn’t difficult. And it’s delicious.

I got this “recipe” from my friend Michelle who understands food doesn’t have to be difficult.  It can be.  But it doesn’t have to be, to be good.

Fair warning on the fact that tomorrow my theory may change entirely.  I might decide only difficult things are worth eating.  Things with 72 ingredients including things like double charged avocado foam and Sparrows feet.

Like I say.  Unlike this appetizer, I can be difficult.


37 Comments

  1. Rinkypants says:

    Shoot… just hosted a little dinner party and wish I saw this 6 hours ago! They sound delicious (let’s be honest, ANYTHING topped with goat cheese is!)

  2. Sue T. says:

    Thanks Karen…it sounds delicious! I’ve not had polenta before but I love the other stuff, especially portabellos. As soon as I find a tube of polenta somewhere I think this will be my dinner one night !

  3. J9 says:

    Now I have to go google what polenta is…thanks for the extra homework!

  4. Michelle says:

    One essential step remains, put under the broiler to cook the polenta and melt the cheese!

    • Karen says:

      Step 8 (I fry the polenta rounds in the mushroom pan after cooking the mushrooms, to absorb some of the flavour). Should stick them on a baking pan and shove them under the broiler for a minute after. That’d solve the cheese problem! ~ karen

  5. ev says:

    Not being all that experienced with polenta, I thought it was usually fried. So i might try frying the rounds first. And NO mushrooms, maybe chopped tomatoes. Maybe drizzle with olive oil and then put the cheese on? Beginning to sound like bruschetta. Oh well, I tried. Thanks for a great blog Karen. It’s my first stop in the morning!

  6. toekneetoni says:

    my mouth is watering at the thought of it. thanks much for this one!

  7. Lisa says:

    Awesome! I am known for a similar summer appetizer, but I use the fresh mozzarella in the tube, then dice up tomatoes, little basil, maybe feta and drizzle with olive oil and balsamic glaze. No cooking required.

    But I’m having people over for dinner tonight, thank you for this idea!

  8. Patti says:

    OOh! Ooh! This sounds delightful! I don’t like mushrooms, either, but I think this would do the trick anyway!

    What aisle will I find the polenta in?

  9. Karen, I’m a little creeped out — yet strangely thrilled — that you’re sneaking into my house to check out my fridge and then writing recipes around the contents.

  10. Barbie says:

    Ok….call me daft, but did you say you HATE mushrooms? But love this recipe? Or just that it is easy? I’m confused! HOWEVER, I do have all these ingredients and may just have to make it. OH…w/out the cheese though 🙁
    Doing the vegan thing for a while (kinda think it won’t be for a looooong while though) missin me some CHEESE!

  11. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    OK..I hate to bring this up but you hate mushrooms but you love this recipe..but then you hate Brussels sprouts but refuse to try any recipe for them..You are difficult again aren’t you..LOL..Now that I said that..Please forgive me if you get a zillion recipes for Brussels sprouts again..Also..This looks so good and I love mushrooms..raw or cooked..

  12. Jeannie B. says:

    I’m glad that you replied to Barbie because, like her, I was confused. i thought you wrote HATE but meant LOVE mushrooms. I only bought a tube of polenta once, but never knew what to do with it. This creation sounds easy and delicious because I LOVE red onion, mushrooms (especially Portobello) and feta cheese. I’ll get some polenta and give it a try. Thanks for the great idea Karen.

  13. Shauna says:

    Love easy apps. Thanks for this one to add to my arsenal!

  14. sera says:

    I’m super excited that you shared this recipe!!! Did I ask you to give us a polenta recipe or was that my imagination?

    • Karen says:

      YOu did! But I think you wanted something that wasn’t a firm polenta. More like a creamy polenta. But … this is what you got, LOL. ~ k

      • sera says:

        No! Actually, all I ever see is creamy polenta recipes – or actually, the “recipe” is never more than “make polenta. top with your favorite sauce.” that’s not a recipe. I wanted to know how to do the solid polenta! And now you’ve shown me how! Yay! thanks Karen!

  15. Marti says:

    I love mushrooms.
    I rather like goat cheese.
    I’m good with the onions.

    But I never found polenta to be that interesting. Particularly the stuff sold in tubes in grocery store deli sections.

    Are you a fan of this very bland starch or does the mushroom-goat cheese-onion combo work magic on it, too?

  16. Palmetto Princess says:

    I would have done this backwards. I would broil cremi mushrooms and used the cavity to hold the polenta and other ingredients.

  17. Barbie says:

    Made these tonight. LOVED LOVED them…soooo easy.
    Didn’t use the cheese which of course would have made them just over the top….but…..had to stay true to the diet at least for now! I used a little marinara, but they were still awesome. Thx karen.

  18. Jackson says:

    I’m a vegetarian and this happens to be one of my all time favorites. I also like to do layered, roasted portobello. Slice polenta log into disks. Drizzle olive oil onto upturned mushroom after cleaning it. Salt and pepper, herbs of your choice. Put polenta disk on top of shroom, followed by a layer of freshly sliced tomatoes and any meltable cheese you like. Drizzle olive oil over all, little more salt, maybe chili flakes, more herbs. Roast in oven on 400 for about ten minutes. Amazing! Super easy and ridiculously fast. Great side. Add a Boca burger to the layer and you have an instant entree. Serve with broccoli or Brussels Sprouts and wash it all down with a vanilla oatmeal stout.

  19. Took us forever to find the Polenta. It was in the rice isle, inbetween the Quinoa and the Risotto. This recipe is a keeper! Thank you 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Did you find the polenta and make it today or are have you made it before? I absolutely love it and I’m not a huge mushroom fan. ~ k!

      • Yes, found it and made it today. We got Basil and Garlic Polenta. It’s the first time we’ve ever had it. My husband Bart said he doesn’t like the word Polenta because it sounds too similar to the word placenta, but he loved the dish anyway. We don’t eat meat, so we had it as a main meal with sliced pears on the side. Delicious combination! Thanks again and Happy New Year to you! xo ~Eve

  20. Karin says:

    Success!!!!

    Although I’m an ignorant moron when it comes to the Oscar’s or any related events that didn’t stop me to FINALLY giving the polenta mushroom and goat cheese recipe a try. Oh my, wow. The husband and I were all over it. This one’s goes on to the wall for sure. Absolutely yummolicious. I’m usually not a too big offa fan of polenta or goatcheese but I guess that’s just because I haven’t had them combined in a such a delicious fashion. Love love love it

    Thank you Karen

    • Karen says:

      Oh good! I’m glad you liked them. I’m just going to the grocery store now to get my groceries so I’d better decide what it is (other than anojitos) I’m going to have! ~ k!

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