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Sherry Mushrooms With Creamy Polenta And Gremolata

by Isabel Castillo and Karlee Rotoly


for 4 servings


  • 3 cups
    water (720 mL)
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • 1 cup
    polenta (160 g)
  • 1 cup
    milk, of your choice (240 mL)
  • ½ cup
    grated parmesan cheese (55 g)
  • 1 tablespoon
    unsalted butter
  • pepper, to taste


  • olive oil, to taste
  • 2 medium shallots, finely chopped
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 lb
    mixed mushroom, such as shiitake and cremini, steams trimmed, sliced (455 g)
  • ½ cup
    dry sherry (120 mL)
  • ¼ cup
    vegetable stock (60 mL)
  • pepper, to taste


  • 2 cloves garlic, grated
  • 1 bunch fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 lemons lemon zest
  • kosher salt, to taste
    Calories 295
    Fat 15g
    Carbs 25g
    Fiber 3g
    Sugar 8g
    Protein 11g

Estimated values based on one serving size.



  1. Make the polenta: Bring salted water to boil in a medium pot over medium-high heat. Pour in the polenta and stir for 2 minutes. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes to make sure the polenta isn’t sticking or burning.
  2. Right before serving, stir the milk, Parmesan, and butter into the polenta. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Meanwhile, make the mushrooms: Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the shallots and sweat until softened and slightly translucent, about 2 minutes.
  4. Season with salt, then add the thyme leaves and mushrooms. Cook until the mushrooms are caramelized and softened, about 5 minutes.
  5. Pour in the sherry to deglaze the pan and stir to loosen any browned bits from the bottom. Cook off the alcohol, about 1 minute. Add the vegetable stock and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then let the liquid reduce for about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  6. Make the gremolata: In a small bowl, combine the garlic, parsley, and lemon zest. Season with salt to taste.
  7. Divide the hot polenta between serving bowls and top with the mushrooms and gremolata.
  8. Nutrition, all included Calories: 413 Total fat: 22 grams Sodium: 1351 mg Total carbs: 42 grams Dietary fiber: 6 grams Sugars: 6 grams Protein: 15 grams
  9. Enjoy!




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