Yields Makes 4 servings

How to Make It

Step 1
1

In a bowl, combine mushrooms and 1/2 cup boiling water and let stand until limp, about 5 minutes.

Step 2
2

Meanwhile, cut the polenta crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Divide slices among 4 shallow 2-cup gratin dishes or ramekins. Bake in a 450° oven until hot, about 5 minutes.

Step 3
3

As polenta bakes, rub mushrooms gently to release grit, then lift from water, squeeze dry, and finely chop. Reserve liquid.

Step 4
4

Put mushrooms in a 10- to 12-inch frying pan. Pour in most of the soaking liquid, discarding the gritty remainder. Add tomatoes, wine, and basil. Bring to a boil over high heat and boil about 5 minutes, stirring often.

Step 5
5

Remove polenta from oven and spoon sauce evenly over it. Sprinkle with jack and parmesan cheeses.

Step 6
6

Broil 6 inches from heat until cheeses begin to brown, about 6 minutes.

Ingredients

 1/4 ounce (about 2 tablespoons) dried porcini mushrooms
 1 or 2 packages (about 2 lb. total) cooked polenta, plain or seasoned
 1 can (28 oz.) crushed tomatoes with basil
 1/4 cup dry red wine such as Zinfandel or Pinot Noir
 1 tablespoon minced fresh basil leaves or 1 teaspoon dried basil
 1/2 pound jack cheese, shredded
 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese

Directions

Step 1
1

In a bowl, combine mushrooms and 1/2 cup boiling water and let stand until limp, about 5 minutes.

Step 2
2

Meanwhile, cut the polenta crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Divide slices among 4 shallow 2-cup gratin dishes or ramekins. Bake in a 450° oven until hot, about 5 minutes.

Step 3
3

As polenta bakes, rub mushrooms gently to release grit, then lift from water, squeeze dry, and finely chop. Reserve liquid.

Step 4
4

Put mushrooms in a 10- to 12-inch frying pan. Pour in most of the soaking liquid, discarding the gritty remainder. Add tomatoes, wine, and basil. Bring to a boil over high heat and boil about 5 minutes, stirring often.

Step 5
5

Remove polenta from oven and spoon sauce evenly over it. Sprinkle with jack and parmesan cheeses.

Step 6
6

Broil 6 inches from heat until cheeses begin to brown, about 6 minutes.

Polenta Gratin with Tomato-Porcini Sauce

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