Make Ahead

Polenta with Creamy Miso Mushrooms and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

October 14, 2020
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Photo by Anna Chwistek | Serving Dumplings
  • Prep time 5 minutes
  • Cook time 15 minutes
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

Cheesy polenta topped with a creamy garlic-loaded miso mushroom gravy. So savory, you might even forget that this dish is meatless. Swirled with sun-dried tomatoes and topped with crispy sage leaves. It’s the ultimate dinner for vegetarians and omnivores alike. This is a 20 minute dish that will absolutely blow your mind.
A smooth and comforting bowl of polenta that picks up its creaminess from the grated Parmesan and cooks up in just minutes. The sauce is loaded with herbs and those critical umami bombs like garlic and miso. It’s full of bite-sized pieces of mushrooms, that soak up the sauce and create a satisfying texture. And yeah! There’re also sun-dried tomatoes that we stir in at the very end of cooking. Their sweet & sour savory flavor rounds out the sauce and gives it an extraordinary depth of flavor.
Most importantly, this creamy mushroom sauce is suitable for making ahead, then you’ll only need to make the polenta. Done!

Not much more to say about this beautiful mess, other than the fact that it’s seriously delicious and it embodies everything dreams are made of. You can even serve these mushrooms over buttery mashed potatoes or with steak. Imagine this! —Anna Chwistek | Serving Dumplings

What You'll Need
  • creamy miso mushrooms
  • 500 grams (5 cups) brown mushrooms, bigger pieces cut in half
  • 150 grams (1 1/4 cup) sun-dried tomatoes, drained
  • 300 milliliters (1 1/4 cup) cooking cream
  • 1 tablespoon white miso
  • 1 teaspoon mirin
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 shallot
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon each: dried thyme + sage
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • black pepper
  • fried sage leaves + red chili flakes, for serving
  • polenta
  • 250 grams (1 1/2 cup) instant polenta
  • 400 milliliters (1 3/4 cup) milk
  • 350 milliliters (1 1/2 cup) water
  • sea salt + black pepper
  • 100 grams (1 cup) grated Parmesan
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  1. Start with making the mushroom sauce. Heat the skillet over high heat. Add the mushrooms and fry for 5-7 minutes. The mushrooms will start to release moisture, after this, add olive oil, garlic and shallot. Lower heat and cook for 1-2 minutes or until soft and fragrant, stirring occasionally. When mushrooms start to brown, add sage, thyme, soy sauce and mirin. Then stir in miso. Season with pepper and add sun-dried tomatoes. Stir everything and scrape up any brown bits at the bottom of the skillet. Add the cream and the chopped parsley, stir to combine. Bring the mushroom mixture up to a boil. Then lower the heat to the very minimum and simmer while you make the polenta.
  2. In a saucepan, bring water and milk to a boil over medium heat. Slowly whisk in the polenta, stirring continuously, about 3 minutes. Stir in the butter, parmesan cheese, salt and black pepper. Turn off the heat, cover and let stand for 2 minutes. If the polenta thickens too much, thin with some additional milk.
  3. Divide the polenta between bowls. Serve with the creamy miso mushrooms, top with fried sage leaves and chili flakes. Enjoy!

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  • Anna Chwistek | Serving Dumplings
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2 Reviews

Glendi January 19, 2021
Sounds great, but no garlic in recipe except the description!!! ???
Anna C. January 20, 2021
Thanks for noticing! Everything is fixed now. Happy cooking!