Caramelized Wild Mushroom Ragu over Pecorino Polenta - EVOO & Vin

Caramelized Wild Mushroom Ragu over Pecorino Polenta with Truffled Mascarpone


For Polenta

4 cups vegetable or chicken stock, preferably homemade
1 cup dried polenta
1/3 cup freshly grated Pecorino Romano
2 tablespoons Melgarejo Hojiblanca Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt & freshly ground pepper to taste  


For Wild Mushroom Ragu

3 cups assorted fresh wild mushrooms such as oyster, shitake, cremini, etc. wiped clean, tough stems removed

2 tablespoons Wild Mushroom & Sage Infused Olive Oil

1 medium shallot, minced 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 cup dry white wine

1 cup vegetable or chicken stock, preferably homemade

2 tablespoons minced flat leaf parsley

1/3 cup freshly grated Pecorino Romano

Sea salt & freshly ground pepper to taste  

For Truffled Mascarpone

1/2 cup mascarpone

1 teaspoon White Truffle Gourmet Oil

(Stir the truffle oil into the mascarpone.)



For Polenta:

Bring the stock to a simmer in a heavy 6+ quart pot.  

Slowly whisk in the polenta.  

Cook on low stirring frequently for approximately 25-30 minutes.  

Remove from heat an stir in the cheese and olive oil.  

Adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper if desired.


For the Wild Mushroom Ragu:

While the Polenta is cooking, heat the Extra Virgin Olive Oil over medium-high in a large 12" saute pan.

Add clean, dry mushrooms to the pan.  

Cook until the mushrooms caramelize and become crusty golden-brown.  

Add the shallot, and saute for two minutes, add the garlic and saute for a minute.  

Add the wine and cook scraping up the browned bits from the bottom of the pan and reduced by half.  

Add the stock and cook until reduced by half.  

Taste and adjust with salt and fresh pepper if desired.


To Serve: 

Serve the Wild Mushroom Rragu over the hot Polenta.  

Add a dollop of the Truffled Mascarpone, a sprinkle of pecorino cheese, and a pinch of minced parsley.

Serves 4-6