Wild Mushroom Ragout over Creamy Polenta
Wild mushrooms, with their earthy flavor and meaty texture, come into season in both spring and fall. When I have them, I try to make them the star of the show. Paired with creamy polenta, stone-ground grits, or even pasta, this ragout really shines.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 3/4 cup diced onions
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 2 pounds wild mushrooms, cleaned, stemmed, and quartered
- 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
- 2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano leaves
- 1 cup canned petite diced tomatoes, with juices
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 2 cups mushroom, chicken, or veal stock, or canned low-sodium chicken broth
- 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley leaves
- Creamy Polenta<8377>
- 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh chives
1. Place a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat, and add the olive oil and the butter. When the butter begins to foam, add the diced onions and sauté until translucent, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring often, until they have released most of their liquid, about 10 minutes.
2. Add the thyme, oregano, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, and stock, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the liquid has reduced and the ragout has thickened, about 20 minutes. Season with the salt and pepper, and stir in the parsley.
3. Divide the Creamy Polenta among four to six shallow bowls, and top with the mushroom ragout. Garnish with the Parmesan and chives, and serve hot.
Yield: 4 to 6 servings