Mushroom and Caramelised Onion Polenta Bites

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Mushroom Polenta Squares

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.

Mushroom Polenta Squares with Caramelised Onoon and Thyme 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!

Mushroom Polenta Squares

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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46 Comments on "Mushroom and Caramelised Onion Polenta Bites"


December 28, 2014

Jennifer, I just made these appetizers for a holiday party we’re going to tonight, and WOW they are incredible! I am a vegan so I omitted the butter and cheese and honestly, they don’t need it. Now the only challenge will be getting this platter to the party before Hubby eats them all! Thank you so much for sharing this awesome recipe and happy holidays!

Lindsey
December 5, 2014

Love this recipe, and can’t wait to try it. One question for you about how many polenta bites does this recipe yield. Thanks!

Viola
September 9, 2012

I have been drooling over these bites since discovering your blog (thanks to your now-husband!). I share your love of all thing mushrooms. I’m finally going to give them a go tonight! I’m just a *bit* excited :)

May 4, 2012

This was amazing. From now onwards, I can’t imagine having other hors d’oeuvres other than this. Thanks so much for a great recipe!

December 7, 2011

What a lovely set of photos and the polenta bites look delicious! Polenta and mushrooms are always a hit for me. :)

December 7, 2011

I love a good appetizer that you can prepare the day before. These would be prefect bite-sized mushroom morsels for a holiday get-together!
– Brittany

December 6, 2011

This looks amazing! I love polenta cskes, and yours came out so very perfect. The topping of mushrooms and onions must be melt-in-your-mouth flavorful :)

December 6, 2011

I love mushrooms, and this looks like an extra delicious way of cooking them! I’ve never had polenta before, but this looks so good I might have to try this some time since I conveniently have some instant (I think?) polenta right now…..

Beautiful creation here, Jennifer! I adore the sound of these bites – my kind of canape!! Delicious :)
Heidi xo

Wendy
December 6, 2011

Polenta is such a great base for a really flavoursome topping like this. Adding the sweetness of the caramelised onions to the mushrooms is a wonderful idea.

December 6, 2011

Yummy, love the festivity of it all!

December 6, 2011

Oh, my goodness…Yum!!! These look amazing {love anything with mushrooms!!!} And your pictures are so pretty too! Definitely making these soon!

December 6, 2011

This is such a great appetizer for the holidays! They look gorgeous!
Thanks for sharing! – Joanne

December 5, 2011

This looks amazing! I´ll give it a try! And lovely pictures too

Every ingredient in this recipe is something I love. This looks divine, I would love to be served this at a party :)

December 5, 2011

I would have made more as well. So yummy and christmasy

December 5, 2011

I just love this recipe!!! I am definitely bookmarking to make soon. Gorgeous.

December 5, 2011

What a gorgeous combination of ingredients. I love polenta but find it needs strong flavours to really bring it to life – just as you’ve done here. I can imagine eating these as canapes before Christmas lunch, yum.

These look fabulous and very festive styling there! Hmm good question! I’m still devising my Christmas menu but no doubt it will be full of fattening foods! 😛

December 5, 2011

this looks delish!!! perfect canapes for the festive little parties coming up!