Friday, November 16, 2012

Crispy Polenta with Bacon and Baby Bellas

This is a wonderful, yummy meal that we make on our kid free nights, as Mandie can't have polenta (corn), and none of the kids like mushrooms.  It is very easy to do, but requires just a tiny bit of advanced planning, as the polenta has to cool and set up in the fridge before it can be fried.  The taste and texture is incredible.  The polenta is crispy on the top and bottom, and creamy on the inside, making it the perfect pairing for the bacon mushroom gravy. 

Crispy Polenta with Bacon and Baby Bellas

4 cups water
1 cup corn meal
1 tsp salt
2-3 cloves garlic, diced

In a small pot, bring 3 cups of water and salt to a boil.  In a small bowl, whisk together corn meal and garlic.  When water boils, stir cornmeal mixture into boiling water.  Cook, stirring constantly, until thickened.  Cover and cook on low for 5 minutes.  Remove from heat.  Place plastic wrap in and over the edges of an 8x8 baking dish.  Pour hot cornmeal into dish, smoothing the top with wooden spoon.  Cover and refrigerate up to 12 hours.  

Bacon and Baby Bellas:
1 lb bacon, chopped
1 lb Baby Bella or other mushrooms, chopped
1 Vidalia onion, diced
chicken broth
balsamic vinegar 

In a skillet, cook the bacon until cooked, but not quite crispy.  Add onion and mushroom, cooking for about 5 minutes.  Add 1 cup of chicken broth and maybe 1 Tbsp. of vinegar.  Cook another 5-10 minutes, until some of the liquid reduces.   
 While you in the last cook time of the bacon, heat 1/2 inch of olive oil in a skillet.  Turn cooled polenta on to a cutting board, and cut into 4 pieces.  Fry polenta in oil until crispy, flip over and fry other side until crispy.   Serve with bacon mushroom gravy on top. 

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1 comment:

  1. I see that you live in Ottawa! I am from Morris, but we now live in Ohio :) Small world :) Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :)

    We have a great collection of recipes going to get us ready for menu planning! Hope to see you this Thursday for another Gluten Free Fridays link up! It will be live at 7:05 eastern US time. Cindy from