Grilled Balsamic Mushrooms with Polenta with garlic, thyme, balsamic vinegar, and Parmesan cheese all cooked on the grill in 10 minutes.
Grilled Balsamic Mushrooms with Polenta with balsamic vinegar, thyme, and Parmesan cheese make the most delicious vegetarian main dish or side.
The first thing that comes to mind when I think about vegetarian grilling is portobello mushrooms. With their meaty texture and earthy flavor, they are one of my favorite things to put on the grill. However since mushrooms don't really make for a complete dinner, I always find myself spending too much time in the kitchen cooking up the rest of the meal. That all changes with this dish. And polenta on the grill - next level good.
To get things started, let's talk about the mushrooms. Before grilling them, it's best to add as much flavor as you can. I like to do this with a quick marinade of balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, and red pepper flakes. The soy sauce adds some needed salt but also adds a savory note they works really well with mushrooms. The red pepper flakes add a nice spicy note but can be left off if you don't like heat. You can also add any kind of herbs you like to this mixture - rosemary, thyme, oregano, marjoram, or basil would all work. And make sure not to throw away your marinade, it is delicious drizzled on the final dish.
Next up is the polenta. To keep things quick and easy, I like to buy the packaged polenta. It normally can be found near the pasta and usually comes in a round tube. You can buy it with or without flavorings, the sundried tomato version is really tasty with this dish. You can also make your own and refrigerate it into squares. Now the trick to making awesome polenta on the grill is to make sure it is coated with a good helping of olive oil to prevent sticking. This will allow the polenta to crisp up on the outside and stay nice and creamy on the inside. Delish.
Then toss everything on a bed of greens, peppery arugula is perfect, and top with your favorite cheese. Delicious and easy.
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