This side dish is wholesome and filled with tons of nutritious benefits! Portobello mushrooms have a great meaty texture, and with the creaminess of the polenta, it's a pretty close alternative to steak and mashed potatoes- without the high levels of saturated fat and cholesterol. I used to make this dish with mashed potatoes, but after my recent fondness of polenta I switched the stuffing!
6 Portobello Mushrooms
1 18 oz. package Polenta
1 large Spanish Onion
2 Garlic Cloves
1 tablespoon Kosher Salt
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
6 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3 tablespoons Low Fat Milk (or Soy Milk)
1 tablespoon Unsalted Butter ( Smart Balance/ Margarine)
1) Cut an onion in half vertically(from the top to the bottom). Chop the onion into thin long strips. Drizzle 3 tablespoons of Extra virgin olive oil in a nonstick pan, let it heat up and then add the onions. add the brown sugar and cover the pan with a lid for about 2 minutes. Then remove the lid and mix in the brown sugar. Do not cover the onions anymore. Leave the onions on a medium high heat until they have absorbed the liquid and sugar, and mix through out until they have caramelize (dark brown glaze).
2) Wash and dry the portobello mushrooms. Spray a pan and line the mushrooms inside upward (Stems facing upward). Drizzle the remaining olive oil and kosher salt and broil the mushrooms on high for 7 to 9 minutes.
3) Once the onions are caramelized put them in a bowl. Don't rinse the frying pan. Cut the polenta into little cubes and add them to the pan. pour in the milk, and butter. set the pan to a medium heat. With a masher carefully mash the polenta in the pan while it heats up, once it becomes fine, mix it together well until the butter and milk have melted and combined.
4)Pour the polenta and onions into a large bowl and mix well. Mince the garlic cloves and add them to the polenta. 5) When the mushrooms are finished broiling remove them from the oven and stuff them with the polenta and onions. Before serving chop the scallions and garnish all of the mushrooms. Serves: 6