Polenta Gratin with Tomato-Porcini Sauce

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 453
  • Calories from fat: 38%
  • Protein: 22g
  • Fat: 19g
  • Saturated fat: 11g
  • Carbohydrate: 40g
  • Fiber: 6.1g
  • Sodium: 1159mg
  • Cholesterol: 64mg


  • 1/4 ounce (about 2 tablespoons) dried porcini mushrooms
  • 1 or 2 packages (about 2 lb. total) cooked polenta, plain or seasoned
  • 1 can (28 oz.) crushed tomatoes with basil
  • 1/4 cup dry red wine such as Zinfandel or Pinot Noir
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh basil leaves or 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 pound jack cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese


  1. 1. In a bowl, combine mushrooms and 1/2 cup boiling water and let stand until limp, about 5 minutes.
  2. 2. Meanwhile, cut the polenta crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Divide slices among 4 shallow 2-cup gratin dishes or ramekins. Bake in a 450° oven until hot, about 5 minutes.
  3. 3. As polenta bakes, rub mushrooms gently to release grit, then lift from water, squeeze dry, and finely chop. Reserve liquid.
  4. 4. Put mushrooms in a 10- to 12-inch frying pan. Pour in most of the soaking liquid, discarding the gritty remainder. Add tomatoes, wine, and basil. Bring to a boil over high heat and boil about 5 minutes, stirring often.
  5. 5. Remove polenta from oven and spoon sauce evenly over it. Sprinkle with jack and parmesan cheeses.
  6. 6. Broil 6 inches from heat until cheeses begin to brown, about 6 minutes.
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