Gluten Free, Vegetable Stock Recipes

Mushroom & Spinach Polenta Stacks

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Mushroom & Spinach Polenta Stacks

Ingredients

  • 1 cup coarse polenta
  •  4 cups water
  •  3  tspn Urban Forager Beef Stock Concentrate
  •  ½ cup parmesan or pecorino finely grated
  •  I wheel of refrigerated camembert cheese or equivalent in grated mozzarella if you prefer.
  •  2 Large red onions sliced thinly
  •  1 clove of garlic,  finely minced
  •  A large bunch of spinach or rainbow chard, stalks removed and chopped roughly
  •  500g button mushrooms, sliced in thirds
  •  2 sprigs of fresh thyme leaves removed from stalks
  •  1 Tbspn of balsamic vinegar or worcestershire sauce
  •  2 Tbpsn of butter
  •  Olive oil
  •  A few micro herbs to garnish
  •  Salt and Pepper to garnish and to taste

Instructions

  1. Add the polenta and water to a medium sized heavy based saucepan
  2.  Add 2 tspn Urban Forager Beef Stock Concentrate and stir through
  3.  Cook on a low heat for 35-45 minutes or until grains become soft. Stir often to avoid catching
  4.  When the polenta is cooked through, remove from heat and add the cheese.  Stir through, taste, and season if needed
  5.  Before the polenta has time to cool, spread evenly onto a flat oven proof tray around 30 x 26 cms in size
  6.  Set aside and allow to cool
  7.  When cooled cut into 9 x 9 cm squares or rounds.  You will need 8 pieces
  8.  Lay the pieces individually (not on top of each other)  on the oven tray, and set aside ready for warming
  9.  Preheat oven to 180 degrees
  10. Gently heat 1 Tbspn butter and a little oil in a medium heavy based fry pan
  11.  Add the onion and thyme until they soften.
  12.  Add the mushrooms and 1 tspn of Urban Forager Beef Stock Concentrate
  13.  Saute until everything begins to caramelize ( you may need to add a little more butter and oil here)
  14.  Add the balsamic vinegar or Worcestershire sauce, scrape up any sticky bits from the bottom and sides of the pan (these will be full of flavour) and cook until the mushrooms have browned a little more and absorbed all of the liquid. Taste and season if needed.
  15.  Remove everything from the pan and set aside
  16. Line the oven tray with baking paper and place the polenta pieces onto the tray and into the oven to warm.
  17. To the fry pan -add the remaining tablespoon of butter, a little olive oil, the minced garlic, and saute until translucent
  18. Add the spinach or chard
  19. Saute gently until just wilted and still bright green
  20. Remove from the pan and set aside
  21. Slice the camembert into 8 thick slices- or substitute for grated mozzarella
  22. Remove the warmed polenta from the oven
  23. Begin to layer the ingredients onto the oven tray. There should be two layers of polenta to each stack
  24. Start with the Polenta, then some spinach. next the cheese, finally the mushrooms
  25. Then begin another layer, finishing with the mushrooms on top
  26. Return stacks to the oven  for a few minutes or until the cheese melts
  27. Remove from the oven, garnish and serve

Notes

For a vegetarian recipe, substitute Urban Forager Vegetable Stock Concentrate for the Beef Stock Concentrate

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