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A MARIO BATALI RECIPE

Soft Polenta

with Grilled Portobellos and Treviso

Recipe courtesy of Molto Batali (ecco 2011)

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Ingredients

Serves 8 to 10 as a first course, 6 as a main

Garlic
Mushrooms
Olive Oil

 

4 heads Treviso radicchio

6 large Portobello mushrooms, cleaned

¼ cup red wine vinegar

4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

4 salt-packed anchovy fillets, rinsed, drained, and finely chopped

About ½ cup coarsely chopped fresh marjoram leaves

½ cup extra virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon salt

2 tablespoons sugar

1 cup quick-cooking polenta

8 ounces stracchino cheese or soft goat cheese, cut into ½-inch dice

Directions

Cut each head of radicchio in half lengthwise and place them, cut side up, in an 11 x 16-inch baking dish. Remove the Portobello stems and cut them in half lengthwise. Cut the caps in half, and place the caps and stems in the same baking dish.

 

In a small bowl, mix together the vinegar, garlic, anchovies, marjoram, and olive oil. Pour this over radicchio and portobellos and let stand for 1 hour.

 

In a 3-quart saucepan, bring 5 cups of water to a boil. Add the salt and the sugar. Then drizzle in the polenta in a thin stream, whisking constantly until all the polenta has been incorporated and the mixture is beginning to thicken. Remove the pan from the heat, switch to a wooden spoon, and continue to stir until the polenta is as thick as paste. Stir in the stracchino pieces. Cover the pan tightly with plastic wrap and set it in a warm place.

Preheat the broiler.

 

Place the portobellos and radicchio on a cookie sheet, reserving the marinade that drips off, and broil until just lightly charred on one side, 4 to 5 minutes. Turn them over and broil for 3 to 4 minutes on the other side. Remove, and set aside until they are cool enough to handle.

 

Cut the mushrooms into ¼-inch-thich strips, and cut the radicchio in half lengthwise. In a large bowl, combine the mushrooms, radicchio, and the reserved marinade. Toss gently but thoroughly. Spoon the polenta onto the center of a large wooden board, arrange the mushroom-radicchio mixture in the center, like a turban, and serve.

 

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