Recipe courtesy of David Pasternack

Fish with Polenta and Mushrooms: Merluzzo con Polenta e Funghi

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  • Total: 50 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 40 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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1 cup milk

3/4 cup water

1/2 cup stone ground white cornmeal

Unsalted butter

Full flavored extra-virgin olive oil

12 ounces mixed wild mushrooms washed and dried

Quick mixing instant flour

4 (6 ounce) pieces cod

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

15 year old balsamic vinegar


  1. Combine the milk, water, and cornmeal in a medium sized saute pan. Cook over low heat stirring constantly with a whisk until the mixture thickens (approximately 1/2 hour). After removing from the heat stir in 1-teaspoon butter and 1 teaspoon olive oil.
  2. In a saute pan, cook the mushrooms over high heat with 2 tablespoons olive oil and 1 tablespoon butter for 3 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat 1-tablespoon olive oil in a saute pan. Lightly flour the cod with the instant flour. Place the fish in the pan and add 1-tablespoon butter. Cook for 3 minutes and then turn over. Place the pan in a 400-degree F oven for 2 minutes to finish cooking the fish. Salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. Place a small mound of the polenta in the center of the plate. Place the cod directly on top of the polenta. Spread some of the mushrooms around the fish and drizzle the olive oil and balsamic vinegar around the edge of the plate.