Roasted Mushroom and Tomato with Polenta

November 24, 2023

Roasted Mushrooms and Tomato with Polenta

It's no secret that I love polenta, it’s a versatile and delicious dish that can be prepared in various ways. So when I spotted this recipe on the NYT I knew I had to make it.
Roasted mushrooms and tomatoes are coated in a fragrant and spicy Sichuan oil to create a harmonious blend of flavors.
The combination not only enhances the natural earthiness of the mushrooms but also adds a delightful kick to the dish. The juxtaposition of the creamy polenta with the bold, aromatic elements of the Sichuan oil create a unique and satisfying meal that perfectly complements my love for this classic Italian staple.

Roasted Mushrooms and Tomato with Polenta
The Sichuan oil can be made ahead, and will continue to develop in flavor.
Cinnamon, fresh ginger, red pepper flakes, garlic, soy sauce, cumin seeds, and Sichuan peppercorns come together to create a unique symphony of flavors.
I strongly suggest you make extra, as it can go on a variety of dishes, elevating everything from grilled vegetables to pasta and even roasted meats with its complex and aromatic profile.
The polenta adds a touch of comfort and creates a perfect canvas for the bold flavors of the mushroom mixture.

Sichuan Oil
Whether enjoyed as a satisfying weeknight meal or showcased at a special gathering, this dish is a testament to the magic that happens when diverse culinary traditions come together.
Happy cooking!

Roasted Mushrooms and Tomato with Polenta
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Streamlined and adapted from NYTCooking

Serves 4

Sichuan oil

8 tablespoons vegetable oil (I used avocado oil)
1 cinnamon stick (or ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon)
1 (1-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and cut into thin matchsticks
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 garlic clove, minced
2 teaspoons soy sauce
½ teaspoon cumin seeds, lightly crushed in a mortar and pestle (or ¼ teaspoon ground cumin)
½ teaspoon Sichuan peppercorns, lightly crushed (or ¼ teaspoon ground Sichuan pepper)

Mushrooms and tomatoes

12 oz / 340 gr cherry (or grape) tomatoes
4 shallots (or 2 small onions), sliced into 1-inch pieces
1 lb / 453 gr mushrooms (any combination oyster, portobello, trumpet, baby bella or white button), cut into ¼-inch slices
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro (or parsley) for garnish


1 ¼ cups / 170 gr quick cooking polenta
4 ¼ cups water
1 teaspoon salt


Preheat the oven to 430°F (220°C) and place a rack in the middle.
To make the Sichuan oil, heat 4 tablespoons of oil and cinnamon in a small pan over medium heat. Cook for about 4 to 5 minutes until the oil is hot and the cinnamon stick is bubbling (if you don’t have the cinnamon stick, skip this part and add ground cinnamon along with the other spices).
Add ginger, red pepper flakes, Sichuan peppercorns, and cumin and cook for 30 seconds until fragrant. Remove from heat and leave to marinate.
In a bowl mix tomatoes with shallots slices and 1 tablespoon of oil and ¼ teaspoon of salt. Spread on a baking sheet and roast in the oven for 20 minutes, until charred. Remove from the oven and set aside.
In another bowl, toss the mushrooms with remaining 3 tablespoons of oil and ¼ teaspoon of salt and spread on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Roast in the oven for 15 minutes, along with the tomatoes, turning halfway through, until lightly golden and cooked through. Remove from the oven and set aside.
To make polenta, bring 4 ¼ cups of water to a boil over high heat. Add salt and add polenta while whisking constantly to avoid any clumps. Turn the heat down to low and cook for further 2 minutes until thickened. Remove from heat and allow to sit for a few minutes.
To serve, pour the polenta onto a platter, top with tomatoes and mushrooms, sprinkle with cilantro (or parsley) and serve.

Nutrition facts

One serving yields 330 calories, 12 grams of fat, 43 gr of carbs (with 4 grams of fiber), and 9 grams of protein.


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