CAULIFLOWER POLENTA WITH JAPANESE MUSHROOMS

This dish is great with your choice of protein, such as tofu or chicken. If the Japanese mushrooms are difficult to find, feel free to substitute them with any other mushroom variety.

CAULIFLOWER POLENTA WITH JAPANESE MUSHROOMS

INGREDIENTS
Cauliflower Polenta
  1. 1 head of cauliflower* (should yield about 1 pound of florets, see note)
  2. 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  3. 4 cloves garlic, minced
  4. 1 cup (140g) fine grind cornmeal
  5. 4 cups (950ml) vegetable broth
  6. 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  7. 1/2 teaspoon porcini mushroom powder** (optional, see note)
  8. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  9. 1/2 cup (55g) shredded white cheddar cheese
  10. 1/2 teaspoon salt

Sautéed Mushrooms
  1. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  2. 4 ounces (115g) shiitake mushrooms, rinsed and sliced
  3. 4 ounces (115g) maitake mushrooms, rinsed and sliced
  4. salt

Optional Toppings
  1. chopped chives
  2. red pepper flakes
  3. freshly ground pepper

INSTRUCTIONS
  • Cut cauliflower into florets. Working in batches, add florets into a food processor and blitz until you get fine cauliflower rice.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add the minced garlic and let that cook for about 30 seconds to release the fragrance. Next, add the cauliflower rice and cook for about 2 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Add the cornmeal and the vegetable broth and stir to mix everything together. Reduce the heat to medium-low and let everything simmer for about 20 minutes. If you find that all the liquids have evaporated before the cornmeal looks softened, add water, about 1/2 cup at a time and stir to distribute the water. Add the thyme, porcini mushroom powder, butter, cheese and salt and stir until the ingredients have melted. Turn off the heat and cover the pan with a lid while you cook the mushrooms. The cornmeal will continue to absorb all the liquids.