I listen to music while doing chores but sometimes I just want the background noise of the TV. During football season, it’s whatever game is on even if I don’t care about what teams are playing. Otherwise it’s typically Food Network and right now, specifically Beat Bobby Flay. It’s a very cheesy show but sometimes it gives me good ideas like these Portobello Mushrooms with Spicy Tomato Sauce and Polenta. I know it’s a long name but I didn’t know how to condense it.
To keep track of recipe ideas that come to me, I create a document in my Google Drive with notes for each idea. I’ve had a “roasted portobello mushroom and polenta” document for a while now with no real idea of what direction I was going to go with it. I was watching Beat Bobby Flay and one of the signature dishes he was challenged to was chicken cacciatore. Cacciatore is usually braised chicken or rabbit with tomato and wine sauce. There are a lot of variations of this dish on what type of wine and vegetables are used. Since this is very loosely inspired by cacciatore and I like to honor the integrity of traditional dishes, I’m not going to label it that way or claim it’s related. But it is what got my wheels spinning on this recipe.
I love this recipe because it’s all made in one pan (besides the polenta) and is ready in well under an hour. You start by sautéing the onions and garlic, add in the tomato paste and spices, and then deglaze the pan with dry red wine which is the beginning of the delicious sauce. Then sprinkle on a handful of cherry tomatoes and nestle 4 portobello mushrooms into the pan. The whole pan goes into the oven for roasting. The sauce reduces and the tomatoes burst and the results are a thick, jammy, flavorful tomato red wine sauce with deeply roasted portobello mushrooms. I’ve been really into polenta lately and the acidic spicy sauce pairs perfectly with creamy polenta.
This Portobello Mushrooms with Spicy Tomato Sauce and Polenta recipe is rustic but feels a little fancy like date-night food. Whether you make it for a special occasion or just a typical weeknight, you and your loved ones will gush over this!Print