Creamy Polenta with Mushrooms & Collards

While both grits and polenta are made from stone-ground cornmeal (dent corn and flint corn, respectively), polenta tends to have a more toothsome, slightly coarser texture.

YIELD: 4 servings


  • 2 c. whole milk
  • 3 1/4 c. vegetable stock, divided
  • 1 1/4 c. polenta (not quick cooking)
  • 4 oz. Fontina cheese, grated (about 1 c.), plus more for serving
  • 1 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 lb. assorted mushrooms, large ones halved
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 1 (14.5-oz.) can chopped tomatoes, drained
  • 1 bunch collard greens (about 12 oz.), stems discarded and leaves torn
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 tsp. red wine vinegar


  1. Bring milk and 3 cups stock to a boil in a large saucepan. Whisk in polenta. Reduce heat to low and cook, whisking occasionally, until polenta is tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Whisk in cheese and butter until melted. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and shallot and cook, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms are golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, collards, garlic, and remaining 1/4 cup stock. Cook, stirring occasionally, until greens are wilted, 4 to 6 minutes. Stir in vinegar. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Serve mushroom mixture over polenta topped with additional cheese.
PER SERVING: protein: 22 g; fat: 22 g; carbohydrate: 66 g; fiber: 10 g; sodium: 1,522 mg; cholesterol: 53 mg; calories: 535.

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