Nov 082013
 

I have no time for a long post since I’m home in Chicago for my sister’s wedding, but I didn’t want to leave you guys hanging too long. Here’s an amazing and super easy appetizer that is as tasty as it is beautiful!
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The topping is a simple mix of sauteed onions, mushrooms, balsamic, garlic, and herbs, and it sits on top a seared piece of premade polenta (the kind that come in those really appetizing tubes at the store). Of course it’s not quite as tasty as good homemade polenta, but with a flavorful topping it definitely does the trick and saves a ton of time.
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Nutritional Highlights: This is a perfectly portioned appetizer with a lot of vegetables built in. Mushrooms, onions, and arugula, plus corn-based polenta (ok that one’s a stretch).
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Seared Polenta with Balsamic Mushrooms and Arugula
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What’s in it:
– 2 T olive oil
– 1 container portobello/cremini mushrooms, sliced
– 1/2 large sweet onion, thinly sliced
– 2 garlic cloves, minced
– 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
– 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
– 1 tube store bought polenta, cut into 1/4 inch slices
– Salt and pepper to taste
– 3 cups baby arugula
– Optional: shaved parmesan cheese

How to make it:
1. Start by making the mushroom mixture. Heat the oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat and add the garlic and onion. Saute for a minute and add mushrooms. Saute until onions have softened and mushrooms are browned, about 10 minutes. Add the balsamic vinegar, salt/pepper, and thyme and allow vinegar to reduce for about 3 minutes or until much of the liquid has cooked off.
2. Meanwhile, slice your polenta and spray each side with olive oil cooking spray and season with salt and pepper. Sear on a hot griddle or grill on each side for about 2 minutes one each side, or until browned. Set aside.
3. Spoon some of the mushroom mixture onto each polenta round, top with a few arugula leaves and shaved parmesan. Drizzle with a little extra olive oil and vinegar and a few more fresh thyme leaves. Enjoy!
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  One Response to “Seared Polenta with Balsamic Mushrooms and Arugula”

  1. looks gorgeous!

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