A polenta newbie recipe

Cooking confessional- I had never cooked with polenta until a few months ago. I know this may seem crazy because I’d eaten it many times in restaurants, but I had never even thought about cooking it myself.

Weird, I know.

I found a recipe for cheesy polenta topped with simple sautéed mushrooms and decided to give it a whirl.

It was a weeknight dinner so I bought the pre-made polenta to make this easy recipe even easier.

Slice the polenta a 1/2 thick. Add a table spoon of butter to the pan and melt over medium heat. Add the polenta disks!

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While your waiting for them to mush and turn golden brown, slice a handful (or a whole package) of baby portebella mushrooms and 2 cloves of garlic.

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Add two more tablespoons of butter to another pan and melt on medium to low heat. Once butter gets melty add your mushrooms and garlic!

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Sprinkle with garlic salt and pepper to taste. Cook until mushrooms soften and the garlic is fragrant. You can even put a lid on them and turn the heat off until your polenta is done.

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While the polenta was cooking I kept mushing it and flipping it until it softened into on giant yellow mat.

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Once it appears crispy-ish sprinkle cheddar cheese on the top! And it’s done.

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The cooking time for the polenta probably took 15 minutes total.

When the polenta is done, add a sprinkle of parsley and a squeeze of lemon juice to the mushrooms.

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Then all you do is dish up the polenta and top it with the mushrooms. We had it with fried potatoes and carrots.

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And we also tried “dragon” cheese at dinner.

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Who knew we could be so brave and fearless in one night!

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