Recipe: Portabella, Polenta & Peppers

We all do it — we make crazy combination dishes, using what we find in the fridge then throwing in a little of this,  a little of that. Once in a while, though, magic happens, and the dish turns out so surprisingly delicious that we scramble to write it down.

Polenta stir fry 2

As you can guess, that is exactly what happened with this oddball vegetable and polenta stir-fry. I was looking around my kitchen for Meatless Monday inspiration, and this was the rewarding result. The eggplant and mushrooms provided a “meatiness” to the dish while the polenta checked off the carbs box.


1 large red pepper, cored and cut into strips
1 small eggplant, diced (skin on, unless you object)
1 large yellow onion, rough chopped
4-6 cloves garlic, rough chopped
2 cups sliced Portabella mushrooms (full size or baby bellas)
1/2 tsp sea salt
2 tsps Viva Italia spice blend
1 packaged “polenta roll“, sliced into 1/4” slices (often found in the produce section)
1T vinegar — I used a raspberry blush balsamic but I think any balsamic would work


Prep all of the ingredients before beginning.

In a large frying pan, on medium high heat, add 2T olive oil.
Add in the sliced red peppers; sautee for 1 minute.
Add the diced eggplant; sautee for 2 minutes.
Add the diced onion and garlic; sautee for 2 minutes.
Add the sliced mushrooms, the sea salt and the Viva Italia; sautee until all vegetables are softened.
Stir in the vinegar. Remove vegetables to a large bowl and cover.
In the same frying pan, add another drizzle of olive oil, then place the polenta slices in the pan. Cook for about 2 minutes per side, until slightly browned and considerably softened.
Season the polenta with a pinch of sea salt and Viva Italia.
To serve, place a few polenta rounds on each plate, then pile some of the vegetable combination on top.
Serves 2-3 as a main dish or 4-5 as an appetizer.


Posted on November 12, 2013, in Main dish, Recipes, Spice Blends, Vegetarian, Viva Italia and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Mmmm that looks delicious!

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