Monday, March 17, 2014

Mushroom, Fontina Polenta

I had been thinking about making some polenta and when I saw Roz’s post for Fontina Polenta with Sauteed Porcini Mushrooms an idea was born.  I had about 4 oz. of finely diced cremini mushrooms left from another meal and decided to put them in the polenta rather than on it.

Mushroom/ Fontina Polenta

2 cups whole milk
2 cup beef  broth, divided
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups finely chopped cremini mushrooms
2 scallions, fine chop
¼ tsp. dried thyme leaves
¼ tsp. dried oregano
2 garlic cloves, minced
¼ teaspoon black pepper
1 cup stone ground cornmeal
1 cup shredded fontina cheese

1. Add the milk, one cup of beef broth and the next seven ingredients to a sauce pan and bring to a boil.
2. Meanwhile mix well the remaining cup of beef broth with the cornmeal.
3. When the milk mixture comes to a boil gradually whisk in the cornmeal ensuring no lumps occur.
4. Cook the mixture until the cornmeal taste done and the desired thickness is achieved.
5. Stir in the cheese, adjust seasonings, and serve.

I served it alongside a piece of cornmeal coated, pan fried catfish with a little lemon, butter, caper sauce on one end to see how it went with cornmeal (we usually use flour for the fish breading with this sauce like Madison’s tilapia for this meal).  After the photo, I added all over the catfish.

I thought both the catfish and the polenta were very good and the extra polenta went into a plastic wrap lined bread pan to set up for slicing and frying.  Thanks for the inspiration Roz.

As you can see, Madison and I are just struggling along while Bev and Pat are laying around in the Caribbean.

Photos can be enlarged by clicking on them.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.


3/10/14 meal date


  1. I wouldn't consider it a struggle at all to eat some fish and polenta :) Great job with the polenta Larry. I know it will be great fried for breakfast too.

  2. I think this sounds wonderful. I've been contemplating making polenta myself recently.. I think you have just inspired me :)

  3. Larry, That cornmeal coated, pan fried catfish with a little lemon, butter and caper sauce is right up my alley! I'll leave the mushroom polenta for you, Bev and Laurie... Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  4. I've never made polenta before. I bet it was so good with the fish. YUM!

  5. I have some stoned ground cornmeal that I bought before I received your package in the mail. I need to use it and this looks like a great idea. I'm so sorry you're struggling along ..... :)

  6. I really have to make some polenta....lovin' the mushrooms and fontina....looks like a keeper.

  7. Poor you and Madison, suffering with foods like these. I wonder whether you'll starve to death while Bev's away!

  8. Oh you poor thing..... Allowing your Sweetie to put on her bikini and lie out down there in the Caribbean.... Hope she/they don't find a young 20 yr. old hunky guy to 'pal' around with!!!!!!!! Hmmmmmmm... Maybe you had better get in your jet and fly down there and check on them.....

    Not sure about that cornmeal/mushroom dish... Never had anything like that --but am not much of a cornmeal lover, whether it be corn muffins, cornbread or whatever.... Hmmmmm.... I do like mushrooms ---and we have sautéed mushrooms often --when we can get some good fresh mushrooms...

    Take care... I know you are grieving without the 'boss' around.

  9. Looks like you are still eating well - and suffering along. Love the mushrooms in the polenta - absolutely wonderful inspiration!

  10. I'm glad you and Madison are doing well and dining well.

  11. Sounds like you and Madison are eating well. This looks delicious. We are heading back north soon. Hope the weather is improving.

  12. The catfish and polenta sound like a wonderful combination. I would say you and Madison are eating well :)

  13. We love polenta and this is a way of preparing it that is completely new to me. This would be a wonderful side to so many things...I'm thinking grilled fish and meats in the summer. My grandmother used to fry catfish like nobody could. I haven't had it in years. Scrumptious dinner, Larry.


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