Cheddar Polenta with Braising Greens, Mushrooms and Bacon

Serves 4



1/2 lb. fresh mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
4 tbsp. olive oil
2 cloves garlic
1/4 lb. bacon or pancetta, sliced
4 cups water
1-7/8 tbsp. salt
1 cup coarse cornmeal
3/4 cups grated white Cheddar cheese
1/4 cup butter
approx 1/2 bag frozen braising greens (qty to your liking)
Salt and pepper, to taste
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmiggiano-Reggiano cheese

Bring water and salt to boil. Slowly whisk in polenta and reduce heat. Cook , stirring often, until polenta thickens about 25 minutes. Stir in the grated Cheddar and the butter . Cover and set aside.

In a large pan, heat the olive oil and sauté the garlic and bacon until lightly browned. Add the mushrooms and cook for 5-6 minutes. Add the thawed braising greens. Stir together, turn heat to down to low, cover, and heat through.

Serve the greens over the polenta, garnished with ground pepper and olive oil.

Published in Lunch
Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

Layered Mashed Potatoes and Mushroom Casserole

Layered Mashed Potatoes and Mushroom Casserole


Layers of sauteed braising greens and mushroom duxelle are sandwiched between layers of mashed potatoes. Yum.
12 servings, about 3/4 cup each | Active Time: 1 hour 20 minutes | Total Time: 2 hours

Ingredients
1.25 pounds potatoes,
8 oz cremini or white mushrooms, halved
1/2 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup nonfat buttermilk
1 large egg plus 1 large egg white, beaten
1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
1/2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup chopped shallots
1 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/4 lb braising greens, thawed
1/3 cup mushroom broth or reduced-sodium beef broth
2/3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/4 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, divided

Preparation

Bring 1 inch of water to a simmer in a large pot. Place potatoes in a steamer basket, cover and steam over medium-low heat, replenishing the water as necessary, until the potatoes are fall-apart tender, 20 to 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, working in two batches, place mushrooms in a food processor and pulse, stopping to scrape down the sides as needed, until the mushrooms are coarsely chopped.

Transfer the potatoes to a large bowl. Add butter and mash until chunky-smooth. Gradually stir in buttermilk, egg and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Set aside.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add shallots and garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant and beginning to soften, about 1 minute. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring often, until they release their liquid and the pan is almost dry, 10 to 12 minutes. Add braising greens and continue to cook, stirring to blend and heat through. Whisk broth and flour in a small bowl. Add to the pan along with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, pepper and rosemary. Cook, stirring, until the mixture bubbles and thickens, about 1 minute.

Preheat oven to 400°F.

To assemble, spread half of the mashed potatoes in an even layer in a baking dish. Sprinkle half the Parmesan over the potatoes. Spread the mushroom mixture on top and spread the remaining potatoes over the mushroom layer. Top with the remaining Parmesan.
Bake until hot throughout and the top is golden brown, about 35 minutes.

Published in Hearty Sides
Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

Lamb Chops with Mushroom Wine Sauce

Lamb Chops with Mushroom Wine Sauce


This recipe got great reviews, is pretty quick, and would work well for various meats. Some say the cornstarch was unnecessary but if you like a thick sauce, then go for it. From Gourmet October 1993. Serves 2.

1 tablespoon oil
1 lb 1/2-inch-thick lamb chops, patted dry
2 large garlic cloves, minced
1/2 small onion, chopped fine (about 1/4 cup)
4 to 8 oz mushrooms, sliced
1 tablespoon tamari
1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar
1/2 cup dry red wine
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme, crumbled
1 teaspoon cornstarch dissolved in 1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley leaves

In a skillet heat the oil over moderately high heat until it is hot but not smoking and in it sauté the chops, seasoned with salt and pepper, flattening them occasionally with a metal spatula, for 4 minutes on each side for medium meat. Transfer the chops with a slotted spatula to a small platter and keep them warm, covered loosely with foil.

Pour off all but 1 tablespoon of the fat and in the remaining fat cook the garlic over moderate heat, stirring, until it is pale golden. Add the onion and cook the mixture, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the mushrooms and the tamari and cook the mixture over moderately high heat, stirring, until the liquid the mushrooms give off is evaporated. Add the vinegar and boil the mixture until the liquid is evaporated. Add the wine and the thyme and boil the mixture until almost all the liquid is evaporated. Stir the cornstarch mixture, add it to the skillet, and bring the sauce to a boil, stirring. Season the sauce with salt and pepper, spoon it over the chops, and sprinkle the chops with the parsley.

Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

Mushroom Pizza

Mushroom Pizza


In honor of the mushrooms of course. But you may also have red and yellow onions, frozen peppers, garlic, or pesto, or frozen greens from this or past shares to play with for your pizza this week. Get creative!

1 pizza crust
1.5 cups sliced shiitakes or oysters
1/2 medium onion, sliced 1 tablespoon butter
1-2 TB garlic minced
1 pizza crust
4 ounces soft goat cheese or fresh mozzarella
Pinch of dried Oregano
Pinch of dried Thyme

*some slices of kohlrabi tossed into the butter saute with would be great too!

Briefly sauté the mushrooms and onion in the butter just until they become limp, then add garlic and sauté one minute more and then arrange them on top of the pizza crust. Crumble or place slices of cheese on top of the mushrooms and onions, then sprinkle on the oregano, thyme -- they add that extra little zing. Bake at 425 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the tips of the cheese start to brown.

Published in Pizzas
Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

Winter Vegetable Tart

Winter Vegetable Tart


This recipe was brought to my attention by share member Stacy Fraser who has been making it over and over again all winter using lots of different combinations of roots and things she has received in the share. It's very adaptable, you could use really any root veg combo, you could throw in some frozen red peppers and experiment with different cheeses. It's from the Edible Green Mountains website where you can find lots of great recipes (including one for Dark Chocolate Bread Pudding with Whiskey Caramel Sauce which has nothing to do with this week's share ingredients and which I now can't get off my mind). If you haven't got a go to recipe for pie crust, try this one I posted to the blog Nov. 24th. It's pretty dependable.

1 pound butternut squash (1 small), peeled, seeded and diced into 1⁄2-inch cubes beets, peeled and diced into 1⁄2-inch cubes
2 cups sliced mushrooms
1 onion, halved and cut into slivers
1 red bell pepper, diced (optional)
6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
pie crust for one 9- or 10-inch pie
1⁄2 pound Fontina cheese, grated

Preheat the oven to 425°F. Lightly oil a large shallow roast- ing pan or half sheet pan.
In a large bowl, combine the squash, beets, mushrooms, onion, bell pepper, if using, and garlic. Add the olive oil, rosemary and salt and pepper to taste. Toss to coat well. Transfer to the pan and arrange in a shallow (preferably single) layer.

Roast for 35 to 45 minutes, until the vegetables are tender and lightly browned, stirring or shaking the pan occasionally for even cooking. Remove the vegetables from the oven and reduce the oven temperature to 375°F.
Line a baking sheet with foil. Place the pastry on the bak- ing sheet. Sprinkle the cheese over the pastry, leaving a 2-inch border around the edge. Arrange the roasted vegetables on top of the cheese. Fold the dough up to partially cover the filling and crimp to seal the edges.

Bake for about 25 minutes, until the crust is golden. Cut into wedges and serve warm.

Published in Dinner
Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

Mushroom Casserole

Mushroom Casserole


I pulled this recipe from our blog. It's one Nancy Baron posted a while back and it might come in handy this week for any of you seeking a richer dish. Looks mighty tasty. Adapted from 101cookbooks.com. Serves 8.

2-3 TB olive oil or bacon fat
1/2 pound (8 ounces) mushrooms, cleaned and chopped
1 large onion, well chopped
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 tablespoons dry sherry
3 cups cooked barley (from about 1 cup dry), room temperature
1/2 tsp crumbled dried thyme
2 large eggs
1 cup cottage cheese
1/2 cup plain yogurt or sour cream
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup freshly grated hard Vermont cheese or Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Rub a medium-large baking dish (somewhat smaller than a 9x13) with a bit of olive oil or butter and set aside.

Heat oil/fat in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms, sprinkle with salt to taste and saute. Stir every minute or so until the mushrooms have released their liquid and have browned a bit. Add the onions and cook for another 4 or 5 minutes or until they are translucent. Stir in the garlic, cook for another minute. Add sherry and cook, stirring constantly until all the liquid has evaporated. Remove from heat. Add the thyme and the barley to the skillet and stir until combined.

In a large bowl whisk together the eggs, cottage cheese, yogurt/sour cream, and salt.

Add the barley mixture to the cottage cheese mixture, and stir until well combined and then turn out into your prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with 2/3 of the cheese, cover with foil and place in oven for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another 20 or 30 minutes more or until hot throughout and golden along the edges. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese and enjoy.

Published in Hearty Sides
Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

Celeriac Remoulade

Celeriac Remoulade


Here's another from the Cook's Garden recipe. If you look up celeriac you often find a remoulade recipe, but I don't think I have put one in for nearly a year. In honor of the book and the celeriac in the share this week, I thought it might be nice for you all to be reminded of the option. This is like a cole slaw, but with a zesty celeriac twist.

1/2 cup Mayonnaise
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
2 tbsp Parsley, finely minced
2 tbsp Tarragon, finely minced
1 Garlic clove, finely minced
2 Sweet pickles (opt'l.) finely chopped
2 Young celeriac knobs (around 2 to 2.5 cups) coarsely grated

In a medium size bowl, mix together all ingredients but celeriac. Add celeriac; toss until completely coated. Cover and chill until ready to serve.
Mushroom, Barley & Miso Stew

1 cup pearl barley
1.5 cups water
1 cup shiitake or oyster mushrooms, stemmed & sliced
1/2 copra onion, small dice
1 carrot, peeled, roughly chopped
1 tbsp. garlic, minced
1/2 cup sunflower oil
1 tbsp. fresh grated ginger
1.5 quarts vegetable stock
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
8 ounces tofu, cubed (optional)
4 ounces miso (or to taste)
2 cups braising greens, sliced thinly
1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced

Rinse barley and place in pot with the water. Cook until tender but not mushy.

In a large soup pot heat oil and add mushrooms, onions, garlic and ginger. Add vegetable stock. Add cayenne and tofu. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer. Remove 1 cup of the broth and mix with miso, stir into soup. Add braising greens. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Add barley and scallions.

***Note: You can use some of the Gilfeather turnips or beets in this soup. Slice thinly and add them when you add the stock and cook until tender.

Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

Mixed Grains Pilaf

Mixed Grains Pilaf


This one from the archives was supplied to us by Good Eats members a while back. You can cook the mixed cracked grains as you would rice or barley (as done here) for some very interesting and healthy dishes. This one would be great with some chopped mustard greens and scallions baked in, with rounds of the Baked Goat Cheese on the side.

1 1/2 cups cracked mixed grains
3 1/4 cups chicken stock
8 TB (1 stick) butter or half butter & Olive or other oil
1 yellow onion, chopped
5-6 oz. sliced mushrooms
Salt & Pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 375 (1 1/4 hour in oven, 1/4 hour prep)

Saute grains in 4 TB butter, using a heavy frying pan on medium low, until golden (about 5 mins.) Meanwhile chop onions. Pour grain into covered casserole, such as corning glassware. Sautee chopped onions in 2 TB butter on low heat until soft, about 5 mins. Meanwhile slice mushrooms. Pour onion into casserole. Sautee sliced mushrooms in remaining oil on low heat until water evaporates, adding salt & pepper to taste, about 5 mins. Add to casserole. Add 1 1/2 cups chicken stock warmed in microwave 2 mins. or in saucepan to casserole. Cover and bake 30 mins.

Add another 1 1/2 cups chicken stock warmed in microwave 2 mins. or in saucepan to casserole. Cover and bake 30 mins. Add the remaining 1/4 cup warmed stock and bake the last 15 minutes covered. Stir well and serve

Published in Hearty Sides
Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

Potatoes with Oyster Mushrooms

Potatoes with Oyster Mushrooms


This recipe was adapted from a four star recipe in the June 2006 issue of Bon Appetit. If you have shiitake mushrooms, they'll be just fine in this recipe too.

4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 pounds small potatoes, unpeeled, halved lengthwise
3 TB garlic scapes, chopped well
1/4 onion, minced
1 garlic clove, pressed
1/2 pound large fresh oyster mushrooms, torn into 1-inch-wide strips

1 tablespoon chopped fresh Italian parsley

Position 1 rack in top third of oven and preheat to 450°F. Brush a large rimmed baking sheet with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Place potatoes on 1 prepared sheet; drizzle 2 tablespoons olive oil over and toss to coat. Spread potatoes in single layer; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place potatoes on top rack of oven and roast 10 minutes. Sprinkle 3 tablespoons garlic scapes, minced onion and garlic over the potatoes.

Drizzle remaining 2 TB oil over the mushrooms, sprinkle with salt and pepper and add to potato roasting pan. Continue to roast potatoes and mushrooms on top rack of oven until golden brown, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes or a bit longer as needed.

Add parsley to potato-mushroom mixture and toss; season to taste with salt and pepper and serve.

Published in Hearty Sides
Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

POLENTA & GREENS

POLENTA & GREENS


2 bunches cooking greens
1 large onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsp olive oil
Dash red pepper flakes
2 carrots, halved and sliced (optional)
Italian seasoning herbs (optional)
Sliced shitake mushrooms (optional)
1 c grated cheese, provolone, cheddar, fontina, even feta, as you like
Wash and chop the greens. Sauté onion, garlic, and carrots and/or mushrooms in olive oil. Season with salt, pepper & red pepper and Italian herbs. Cook until browning and fragrant. Gradually add the greens, stir frying until all are incorporated and just wilted.
1 c polenta (coarse cornmeal)
3 c water
1 tsp salt
Boil water & whisk in polenta & salt. Turn down very low, watch out for sputters. Cook until thick, stirring often.
Brush a baking dish with olive oil. Pour in about 2/3 of polenta, spoon in the greens, top with remaining polenta & cheese. Take a butter knife and swirl through the top layers a bit. Bake @ 350 until bubbly and slightly browned, about 30 minutes.
A couple notes on this recipe. It is easily doubled, which makes a generous 10 x 14 pyrex baking dish. The polenta is easier to work with if it is poured right when it thickens. If you wait it will set up into a more solid form. Prep the vegetables and have all ingredients ready before you cook the polenta, so it will be ready at the right time, as the greens take just a few minutes.

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