"Recipes are meant to be shared"...Ann Thibeault

Monday, September 27, 2010


I bought some locally picked Chanterelles and mixed them with portabellos and shittake mushrooms and served them over soft creamy polenta for dinner Saturday night. 

The picture isn't great, but it sure tasted good.

Polenta is so easy to make.  I don't measure, just bring a pot of chicken broth seasoned with garlic to a simmer and slowly sift in fine cornmeal, stirring constantly until the polenta starts to thicken.  Keep the heat turned down low and continue stirring    Add a chunk of butter and at least a 1/2 cup of fresh grated parmesan.  Stir and serve.  I like the polenta on the soft side so I use a higher ratio of broth to cornmeal.

No recipe for the mushrooms either. I sauted the mushrooms in a mixture of butter and olive oil in batches so that they didn't just steam in the pan.   Added them all back into the pan
along with minced garlic and some fresh sage, added a little flour,  sauted for a minute or two longer, added chicken broth, enough to make a sauce and finished it off with a handful of chopped parsley   Seasoned with salt and pepper and served over the polenta.


  1. You're killin' me Ann! :D Just after 10AM and I'm CRAVING this dish.

    It's one of the top 3 favorite ways of serving polenta at my house. However, I've never tried adding Chanterelles to the mix--that absolutely promotes it to penthouse suite fare.

    I'll definitely try it your way the next time I get my hands on some good Chanterelles. Thank you for the excellent idea! xo

  2. I couln't decide on a way to prepare the chanterelles I bought on Saturday and you've solved that problem, Ann. I even have the cornmeal for polenta. I hope my dinner turns out as beautiful as yours. Yum, I can almost taste it now.

  3. This looks like high-class comfort food. I can't wait to make it for myself. I think your photo looks WONDERFUL!

  4. Oh yum! I've done it over fried polenta, now will try it over soft. Such a comfort meal! And a perfect photo!

  5. This looks so earthy and warming, lovely.

  6. Looks yummy..J always adds a bit of cognac to his mushrooms..I think it's cognac..gives it a nice little kick..This looks soo good Ann!

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  8. Luscious! Polenta is one of my very favorite comfort foods- it immediately conjures memories of my Nonna
    xoxo Pattie

  9. Oh! that photo is making me hungry I've never cooked polenta before but this recipe is going to change that. Mushrooms are so... delicious!

  10. Miss Ann,
    I LOVE your recipes, they are artisian, so very comforting and so easy.
    I am growing mushrooms here for my family and I am going to try this. I have portobellos and some buttons, and a hen-of-the-woods and I am anxious to try this.
    I am going to tackle your bread recipes soon, when it cools down some in my neck of the woods and I can heat up the kitchen.
    Thank you for your generous sharing of your so delightful recipes, you are a doll.

  11. Ann it is chilly and pouring here today...I would love to tuck into that bowl right now!
    Looks absolutely gorgeous!

  12. Yummy, yummy, yummy - I love mushrooms and this looks positively comforting and delicious! Perfect for Fall - I will have to give it a try - thanks!


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