Creamy Baked Polenta and Mushrooms


Baked polenta and mushrooms for a hearty, satisfying meatless meal.

baked polenta topped with mushrooms
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
55 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
3 hrs 25 mins
4 servings


  • 4 ½ cups water

  • 1 ¾ cups cornmeal

  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided

  • 1 large egg yolk

  • 4 tablespoons melted butter, divided

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 1 medium onion, sliced

  • 1 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced

  • cup brandy

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoons dry bread crumbs

  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley


  1. Butter a 8x12-inch rimmed baking sheet. Bring water to a boil in a saucepan. Add cornmeal and whisk. Cook until mixture pulls away from the sides of the saucepan, stirring constantly, 5 to 7 minutes.

  2. Stir in 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, egg yolk, 2 tablespoons melted butter, salt, and nutmeg. Pour onto the prepared baking sheet and spread into a rectangle about 1/2 inch thick. Cool for at least 2 hours. Trim edges and cut into 1-inch cubes.

  3. Heat olive oil and 1 tablespoon butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and saute for 5 minutes. Add mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes. Stir in brandy and garlic; heat through, about 5 minutes more. The mixture should be saucy.

  4. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Butter a large baking dish.

  5. Place polenta cubes in the prepared baking dish, top with mushroom mixture, including juices. Mix remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, remaining 2 tablespoons melted butter, bread crumbs, and dried parsley together in a bowl. Sprinkle bread crumb mixture on top of mushrooms.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until browned and bubbly, about 30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

609 Calories
30g Fat
58g Carbs
14g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 609
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 30g 39%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 98mg 33%
Sodium 594mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 58g 21%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 14g
Vitamin C 6mg 28%
Calcium 156mg 12%
Iron 4mg 23%
Potassium 547mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.