Scarpetta's Creamy Polenta with Fricassee of Truffled Mushrooms
Although he is sharing the recipe with us below, it is probably best enjoyed in the restaurant where it is offered as part of their Miami Spice dinner menu. But if you're feeling adventurous, go to the next page and give it try!
Creamy Polenta with fricassee of truffled mushrooms by Chef Scott Conant
makes 4 to 6 servings
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 2 cups milk
- 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, more to taste
- 3 oz. (about 2/3 cup) cornmeal, preferably coarse ground
- 1 tbsp unsalted butter
- 2 tbsp freshly grated Grana Padano or Parmigiano Reggiano
- 1 tsp chopped fresh chives (optional)
Add the polenta and continue to whisk the mixture as it comes to a boil. Continue whisking for an additional 3 minutes. Reduce the heat to very low, cover the pan, and cook the polenta, stirring every 5 minutes or so, until the cornmeal is completely cooked and quite tender, about 1 hour and 45 minutes. It may seem very thin initially, but it will gradually thicken. As the polenta cooks, a skin will form on the bottom and sides of the pan (if you are not using a nonstick pan), which is proper and which gives the polenta a slightly toasty flavor.
Just before serving, stir in the butter, the Grana Padano, and the chives, if using. The polenta should pour from the spoon as you serve it and will thicken as it cools. If necessary, you can think the polenta with a little milk just before serving. Divide the polenta among heated bowls or plates.
Fricassee of Truffled Mushrooms
Make 4 servings
- About 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 medium shallots, thinly sliced
- about 8 oz mixed domestic and wild mushrooms, sliced or cut into naturally occurring pieces, about 2 cups
- 1/2 cup homemade chicken reduction or purchased chicken reduction, diluted with water to liquid.
- 1 tbsp snipped chives
- about 1/2 tsp white truffle oil
Have the polenta portioned out into warm bowls. Just before serving, reheat the mushrooms if necessary. Toss the mushrooms with the chives and drizzle a little of the truffle oil over the mushrooms. Be careful not to cook the truffle oil more than a few seconds, because the flavor (and the "breathe") dissipates quickly. Spoon some mushrooms and some of the cooking juices over each serving of polenta.
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