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This is an easy and versatile side dish. The polenta is topped with a quick sauté of wild mushrooms (or use exotics, like shiitake and oyster, if wild are not available). If you replace the chicken broth with vegetable broth, this side dish can serve four as a vegetarian entrée. Garnish with sage sprigs.

Cynthia Nims
Recipe by Cooking Light November 2008

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Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr, Jan Gautro, Leigh Ann Ross

Recipe Summary

Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Melt butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add leek to pan; cook 2 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Add mushrooms; cook 7 minutes or until moisture evaporates, stirring occasionally. Stir in parsley, sherry, sage, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper; cook 1 minute.

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  • Combine 2 cups water, bay leaves, and broth in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Gradually add polenta to pan, stirring constantly with a whisk. Reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes or until thick, stirring frequently with a whisk. Remove from heat; discard bay leaves. Stir in remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/8 teaspoon pepper, and shredded cheese. Spoon 2/3 cup polenta onto each of 6 plates; top each serving with 1/2 cup mushroom mixture and 1 teaspoon shaved cheese.

Nutrition Facts

179 calories; calories from fat 28%; fat 5.5g; saturated fat 3.2g; mono fat 1.4g; poly fat 0.2g; protein 5.7g; carbohydrates 20.3g; fiber 3.4g; cholesterol 14mg; iron 1.3mg; sodium 350mg; calcium 72mg.
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