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Caramelized Wild Mushroom Ragu over Pecorino Polenta with Truffled Mascarpone

Posted by Jennifer Driscoll on

Difference between Polenta and Grits? Anyone? Some people think it is the origin: Polenta is from Italy and Grits from the South. Polenta is a finer course of ground cornmeal and than Grits. But in a restaurant.....its about a $20.
My husband doesn't like grits which plays to my advantage when I told him we were having Polenta for dinner. Between my husband and 5 year old......we didn't have any left overs!  This is not only easy to make but so delicious!!

4 cups vegetable or chicken stock, preferably homemade
1 cup dried polenta
1/3 cup freshly grated Pecorino Romano
2 tablespoons Ultra Premium  Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt & freshly ground pepper to taste

Bring the stock to a simmer in a heavy 6+ quart pot.  Slowly whisk in the polenta.  Cook on low stirring frequently for approximately 25-30 minutes.  Remove from heat an stir in the cheese and olive oil.  Adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper if desired.

Wild Mushroom Ragu
3 cups assorted fresh wild mushrooms such as oyster, shitake, cremini, etc. wiped clean, tough stems removed
2 tablespoons Certified Ultra Premium Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 medium shallot, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup dry white wine (I used extra dry Prosecco)
1 cup vegetable or chicken stock, preferably homemade
2 tablespoons minced flat leaf parsley
1/3 cup freshly grated Pecorino Romano
Sea salt & freshly ground pepper to taste

While the polenta is cooking, heat the extra virgin over medium-high in a large 12" saute pan. Add clean, dry mushrooms to the pan.  Cook until the mushrooms caramelize and become crusty golden-brown.  Add the shallot, and saute for two minutes, add the garlic and saute for a minute.  Add the wine and cook scraping up the browned bits from the bottom of the pan and reduced by half.  Add the stock and cook until reduced by half.  Taste and adjust with salt and fresh pepper if desired.

Truffled Mascarpone
1/2 cup mascarpone
1 teaspoon white truffle oil
Stir the truffle oil in to the mascarpone.

Serve the wild mushroom ragu over the hot polenta.  Add a dollop of the truffled mascarpone, a sprinkle of pecorino cheese, and a pinch of minced parsley.

Serves 4-6
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