Polenta with Butter-Basted Mushrooms

June 2010
Polenta with Butter-Basted Mushrooms

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Makes: 4 servings

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons room-temperature butter
  • 1 tablespoon crumbled blue cheese
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped shallot
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 1 pound log  prepared polenta
  • 3 stemmed shiitake mushroom caps
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for brushing
  • Salt
Directions
  1. Preheat a grill to high. In a bowl, combine 2 tablespoons room-temperature butter, 1 tablespoon each crumbled blue cheese and finely chopped shallot, and 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme. Slice a 1-pound log of prepared polenta into four 1 1/2-inch rounds and quarter each into wedges. Thread 4 polenta wedges and 3 stemmed shiitake mushroom caps alternately onto each of four 10-inch skewers. Brush with extra-virgin olive oil; season with salt. Grill on a well-oiled grate with the curved side of the polenta wedges down, basting with half of the butter mixture, until the polenta is crisp, about 7 minutes. Flip, baste with the remaining butter mixture and grill for 8 minutes.
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