Polenta with porcini, tahin and sage, served with creamed pumpkin and sesame seeds

by Alice on aprile 2, 2009

This comforting and colourful dish is perfect as a filling appetizer or as a main course. In this recipe the polenta complements all the other flavours beautifully. The sesame seeds add a crunchy touch to the soft polenta and velvety, creamed pumpkin.

Polenta with porcini, tahin and sage served with creamed pumpkin and sesame seeds


For the creamed pumpkin

you can find the recipe here

For the polenta

250 g organic polenta
1 1/2 litre filtered or mineral water
a pinch of whole sea salt
30 g dried porcini mushrooms
2 handfuls fresh sage, finely chopped
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
4 tablespoons tahin
black and white sesame seeds, to taste
chili powder, to taste

Makes 6 servings.

Polenta with porcini, tahin and sage served with creamed pumpkin and sesame seedsDirections

In a small bowl filled with mineral or filtered water, rehydrate the porcini for about 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 180° C. Pour the 1 ½ litre of filtered or mineral water into a large heavy-based saucepan and bring it to the boil over high heat. Add the salt. Add the polenta in a thin stream, stirring constantly until all the polenta is well incorporated. Reduce the heat to low and cook, stirring constantly, for 30-40 minutes or until the polenta is done, then remove from the heat and set aside. When the porcini are soft, rinse them and dry them with a paper towel then finely chop them. Sauté the mushrooms and the sage in a pan with the olive oil for about 3-4 minutes. Stir the porcini into the polenta, add the tahin and make sure everything is well combined. Divide the mixture among oven-proof molds and bake at 180° C for about 15 minutes. In the meantime, lightly toast some black and white sesame seeds in a dry frying pan over medium heat. Remove the polenta from the oven and let cool a few minutes before unmolding. Serve the polenta on individual plates with the warm creamed pumpkin, the sesame seeds and chili powder to taste.

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