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Mushroom Basil Polenta Cakes

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Polenta is an inexpensive, gluten-free cornmeal based Italian dish that can be prepared several ways. I chose to slice the prepared polenta and top it with sautéed mushrooms combined with fresh herbs for an appetizer.

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This recipe could also be served as a side dish with Lemon Basil Chicken or Rosemary Balsamic Pork Tenderloin.

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Ingredients (makes 15 cakes)

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup baby portabella mushrooms (sliced)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp fresh Italian parsley (chopped)
  • 18 oz polenta
  • ¼ cup mozzarella cheese (shredded)
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Heat the olive oil in a small skillet.  Add the mushrooms and sauté until brown and fragrant, 5-7 minutes.

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Add the minced garlic and sauté for an additional 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and place the mushrooms in a small bowl.  Mix in the basil and parsley.

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Slice the polenta into 15 “cakes”.

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Top the polenta with the mushroom mixture, then sprinkle with the mozzarella cheese.

Bake in a 350° oven for 12 minutes.

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Drizzle with the balsamic vinegar and serve.

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♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten-free.