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Grilled Polenta with Morel Vinaigrette

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 5 hr
  • Prep: 25 min
  • Inactive: 4 hr
  • Cook: 35 min
  • Yield: 8 servings
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Butter, for greasing pan

8 cups chicken stock or water

2 cups polenta

2 teaspoons coarse kosher salt

1 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels

1 cup freshly grated Parmesan

2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley leaves, plus more for garnish

1/4 cup olive oil

Salt and freshly ground pepper

Morel Vinaigrette, recipe follows

Morel Vinaigrette:

1/4 cup aged sherry vinegar

1 small shallot, chopped

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1 tablespoon walnut oil

3/4 cup pure olive oil

Salt and freshly ground pepper

1 pound morel mushrooms, washed thoroughly and dried


Special equipment:
2-inch circle cutter
  1. Generously butter a large shallow baking dish and set aside. In a large saucepan, bring the chicken stock to a boil. Slowly pour in the polenta and the salt, whisking constantly with a wire whisk. Reduce the heat to low and cook, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon until thickened and smooth, about 20 to 25 minutes. Fold in the corn, Parmesan, and parsley. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Cover and chill in the refrigerator at least 4 hours or overnight.
  2. Preheat the grill to medium-high. With a 2-inch circle cutter, cut the chilled polenta into circles. Brush with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill on both sides until golden brown. Arrange the polenta on a platter and spoon the vinaigrette over. Sprinkle with chopped parsley.

Morel Vinaigrette:

  1. In a blender, blend the vinegar, shallot, and mustard until smooth. With the motor running, slowly add the walnut oil and 1/2 cup of the olive oil until emulsified. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Pour into a medium bowl and set aside.
  2. Heat the remaining 1/4 cup of oil in a large saute pan over high heat. Add the mushrooms and cook until golden brown. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Remove the mushrooms from the heat and coarsely chop them. Fold the mushrooms into the vinaigrette. Spoon the vinaigrette over the grilled polenta.
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