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Baked polenta tart with sautéed mushrooms, caramelised red onion, and spinach

Baked polenta tart
  • Serves: 4
  • Cooks In: 30 minutes
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Ingredients

Polenta tart base:
1 cup coarse polenta
1 garlic clove, minced
500 ml vegetable or chicken stock
cup grated parmesan cheese
2 tsp fresh thyme leaves
1 ½ tsp rosemary leaves
1 tbsp unsalted butter for cooking
Sea salt to taste
Tart toppings:
150 g Swiss Brown mushrooms, thinly sliced
100 g button mushrooms, thinly sliced
1 tsp fresh thyme leaves
150 g (1 bunch) English spinach, rinsed, ripped into smaller pieces
1 red onion thinly sliced into half moons
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
100 g marinated goats cheese
Unsalted butter for cooking
Sea salt to taste
To serve:
Parsley, roughly chopped

Method

1

Pre heat the oven to 180 degrees C.

2

Lightly grease a 35cm pie tin and set aside.

3

Warm up a heavy base medium saucepan to medium heat, add a knob of butter. Once the butter has melted, add the minced garlic and sauté until it turns a light golden colour. Add the polenta and stir thoroughly to coat in butter.

4

Gradually pour in the stock while continually stirring to prevent lumps forming. Once the polenta thickens and the grains soften, add the grated parmesan cheese, fresh herbs, pinch of salt and a good amount of cracked pepper.

5

Remove from the heat and turn the polenta out into the pie tin. Using a spatula, level out the polenta and allow for a nice thick side crust (the pie crust is meant to be thicker than a traditional pastry crust). Trim off any excess.

6

Place the tart casing in the oven to cook for 25-30 minutes or until it becomes crispy and a darker golden colour.

7

To cook the caramelised onion, add a knob of butter to a heavy base frying pan. Add the thinly sliced red onion and allow to sweat down, stirring until the onions become translucent and soft.

8

Add the brown sugar and balsamic vinegar and stir through. Cook for a further 5 minutes while the sugar dissolves and the balsamic vinegar caramelises. Remove from the heat and set aside.

9

In the same fry pan on medium heat add a small knob of butter and the English spinach. Sauté until it becomes soft and wilted, remove from the heat and set aside.

10

Using the same fry pan, add a knob of butter followed by the sliced mushrooms and the thyme. Sauté until the mushrooms become tender and juicy. Remove from the heat and set aside.

11

To fill the tart, spread out the caramelised onion across the base. Follow with the wilted spinach and top with the sautéed mushrooms. Finish off with spoonfuls of marinated goats cheese, a drizzle of the oil from the cheese and a sprinkle of fresh parsley over the top.

12

Serve warm straight away.

Ingredients

Polenta tart base:
 1 cup coarse polenta
 1 garlic clove, minced
 500 ml vegetable or chicken stock
  cup grated parmesan cheese
 2 tsp fresh thyme leaves
 1 ½ tsp rosemary leaves
 1 tbsp unsalted butter for cooking
 Sea salt to taste
Tart toppings:
 150 g Swiss Brown mushrooms, thinly sliced
 100 g button mushrooms, thinly sliced
 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves
 150 g (1 bunch) English spinach, rinsed, ripped into smaller pieces
 1 red onion thinly sliced into half moons
 1 tbsp brown sugar
 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
 100 g marinated goats cheese
 Unsalted butter for cooking
 Sea salt to taste
To serve:
 Parsley, roughly chopped

Directions

1

Pre heat the oven to 180 degrees C.

2

Lightly grease a 35cm pie tin and set aside.

3

Warm up a heavy base medium saucepan to medium heat, add a knob of butter. Once the butter has melted, add the minced garlic and sauté until it turns a light golden colour. Add the polenta and stir thoroughly to coat in butter.

4

Gradually pour in the stock while continually stirring to prevent lumps forming. Once the polenta thickens and the grains soften, add the grated parmesan cheese, fresh herbs, pinch of salt and a good amount of cracked pepper.

5

Remove from the heat and turn the polenta out into the pie tin. Using a spatula, level out the polenta and allow for a nice thick side crust (the pie crust is meant to be thicker than a traditional pastry crust). Trim off any excess.

6

Place the tart casing in the oven to cook for 25-30 minutes or until it becomes crispy and a darker golden colour.

7

To cook the caramelised onion, add a knob of butter to a heavy base frying pan. Add the thinly sliced red onion and allow to sweat down, stirring until the onions become translucent and soft.

8

Add the brown sugar and balsamic vinegar and stir through. Cook for a further 5 minutes while the sugar dissolves and the balsamic vinegar caramelises. Remove from the heat and set aside.

9

In the same fry pan on medium heat add a small knob of butter and the English spinach. Sauté until it becomes soft and wilted, remove from the heat and set aside.

10

Using the same fry pan, add a knob of butter followed by the sliced mushrooms and the thyme. Sauté until the mushrooms become tender and juicy. Remove from the heat and set aside.

11

To fill the tart, spread out the caramelised onion across the base. Follow with the wilted spinach and top with the sautéed mushrooms. Finish off with spoonfuls of marinated goats cheese, a drizzle of the oil from the cheese and a sprinkle of fresh parsley over the top.

12

Serve warm straight away.

Baked polenta tart with sautéed mushrooms, caramelised red onion, and spinach

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 Bakes & Pastries, Dinner, Healthy, Lunch

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