Chef Rob’s Mushroom and Spinach Polenta Tart

Cuisine: Italian
Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Main Dishes
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Prep Time 20 minutes
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Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
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8 servings

Ingredients:

Shell

  • 1 1/2 Cups water
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Prairie Farms butter
  • 3/4 Cup Polenta heaped
  • 1 Large egg yolk

Filling

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 slices bacon cut into matchsticks
  • 1/4 Cup onion Diced
  • 6 oz Chopped Mushrooms
  • 3 Cups baby spinach
  • 3 Tbsp Shredded Parmesan
  • 1/3 Cup Shredded Swiss Cheese
  • 3 large eggs slightly beaten
  • 1 Cup Prairie Farms half and half
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper

Directions:

  • Preheat to 350 F. Have a spatula and greased 9” Tart pan or pie dish ready.
  • Put water, salt and butter in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Start whisking and add polenta in a thin stream until incorporated. Switch to a spatula, drop heat to medium and cook out the polenta until it is thick and smooth (about 8 minutes). Turn off heat, stir in the egg yolk. Pour into the tart pan and let it cool for a couple minutes, then press into the tart ‘shape’. Place pan on a baking sheet and continue with the filling.
  • In a large skillet, heat oil and fry bacon over medium heat until just cooked. Remove to a paper towel lined bowl. Add onion and mushrooms and fry just till soft but not browned, and scatter over bottom of polenta shell, along with the bacon. Add a little more oil and soften the mushrooms, removing just before turning dark brown. Add them to the shell. Wilt the spinach for a couple of minutes until just soft. Scatter it over the shell. Finally, sprinkle the cheeses over the veg in the shell.
  • In a small bowl beat the eggs and half ‘n half and season with the salt and pepper. Pour mixture over filling. Bake off about 35-40 minutes until the custard is set and top is lightly browned.

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