Mushrooms are such a versatile vegetable and a wonderful inclusion on your festive menu, particularly for vegetarians. They are delicious and are just the thing to satisfy meat eaters and vegetarians alike. So, when I was approached by Australian Mushroom Growers to collaborate with them as part of their Summer Mushroom campaign I was excited as I love cooking with mushrooms.
Summer Mushroom dishes can range from delicious salads, bbq recipes or something a little more substantial. They can be quick and easy or a little more intricate, so in the spirit of Summer Mushrooms, and daring to be different, I came up with Mushroom and Caramelised Onion Polenta Bites. Deliciously crispy fried polenta topped with caramelised onions and mushrooms. Honestly, these are so addictive we struggled not to eat the plate I prepared to photograph.
The great thing about these Mushroom and Caramelised Onion Polenta Bites, apart from how amazingly delicious and addictive they are, is you can prepare all of the ingredients the day before and simply fry the polenta and assemble on the day. Even better, by omitting the parmesan cheese and replacing the butter with oil they are vegan friendly, and by dusting the polenta squares in more polenta instead of flour they are gluten free too!
If you are looking for more mushroom inspiration why not check out the Summer Mushrooms website, or the Mushroom Wellington I came up with last time I worked with Australian Mushroom Growers when I participated in the Mushroom Masters which would be at home as the centrepiece to your Christmas table.
So tell me, what canapes will you be serving this Christmas and will Mushrooms feature on your Christmas menu?
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