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Mushroom and Polenta Canapes

mushroom and polenta canapes
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One of our favourite vegetarian canapes! Impressive looking and full of flavour, but very easy to make! A polenta base and fried mushrooms sitting on top of cream cheese and sweet caramelised onion chutney, make a wonderful combination of both flavours and textures! Add our Mushroom and Polenta Canapes to the menu of your next party!

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mushroom and polenta canapes

Tips & Tricks:

  • Make sure you let the polenta bubble for at least 5 minutes before spreading it onto baking trays. You want it thick and sticky. If it’s too thin, it will stick to the baking tray and won’t be crispy when cooked. However, note that if you;re using cornmeal instead (medium conrmeal works very well here – we tried Natco Medium Cornmeal), it will cook and thicken quicker.
  • Fry the mushrooms until all the water that may have been released into the pan, has evaporated. Adding too much extra moisture on the polenta bases will make your canapes soggy. Replace the chestnuts for wild mushrooms or shiitake mushrooms to make these canapes extra special!
  • If you don’t fancy red onion chutney, replace it with red pesto, or sundried tomato paste. Both are equally delicious.
  • You can replace rocket with watercress or lambs lettuce. Adding some greens on top really lightens up the dish. We love the peppery greens in this recipe to balance out the sweetness of the chutney and the creaminess of the cheese.

Want to Make it Vegan?

We tried to make these vegan last January when we were cooking plant-based meals all month. And it was very rather easy to do without compromising on flavour.

  • Replace the butter with vegan spread.
  • Replace parmesan with 2 big tablespoons of nutritional yeast (Engevita is our absolute favourite).
  • Make sure you use vegan stock.
  • Use blobs of vegan cream cheese (we love Violife Original Soft Cheese and Tesco Free From Soft Cheese) instead of regular cream cheese.

How to Make Mushroom and Polenta Canapes?

Heat oven to 200C Fan. Line an 18x24cm baking tray with baking parchment (we recommend Bacofoil Baking Parchment – don’t be put off by the price, there’s 50m of it!).

Place the polenta/ cornmeal in a large pan. Pour the hot stock over the polenta and, stirring vigorously, heat on medium heat, until it comes to a boil. Let the polenta bubble for 7-8 mins, stirring continuously. Note that if you’re using cornmeal, it will cook quicker. It should be thick and come away from the sides. Remove it from the heat and stir in grated parmesan, butter and mixed herbs.

Spread onto the lined baking tray. Place the tray in the oven for 30-35 minutes until the polenta bases are set and browning at the edges.

Once cooked, invert the polenta on another piece of baking parchment and carefully unpeel the baking parchment from the top.

Leave the base to cool down completely.

In the meantime, heat a tbsp of oil in a frying pan. Add the quartered mushrooms and fry until the water has released and evaporated. Leave the mushrooms to cool.

Once the polenta base is cool, using a cookie cutter, stamp out 15 circles of polenta. Spread half a tsp of caramelised onion chutney on each of the circles. Mix the cream cheese with a pinch of salt and a generous pinch of black pepper, Pipe it onto your canapes. Then top with 3-4 mushroom quarters and some rocket!


For other canape ideas for your upcoming party, have a look at our favourites below:

  • Sweet Potato Gratin Canapes with Smoked Paprika
  • Smoked Salmon on Sweetcorn Blinis
mushroom and polenta canapes

Mushroom and Polenta Canapes

One of our favourite vegetarian canapes! Impressive looking and full of flavour, but very easy to make! A polenta base and fried mushrooms sitting on top of cream cheese and sweet caramelised onion chutney, make a wonderful combination of both flavours and textures! Add our Mushroom and Polenta Canapes to the menu of your next party!
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Canapes, Snacks
Cuisine American, British, Mediterranean
Servings 15 canapes
Calories 54 kcal

Equipment

  • 18×24 cm ovenproof dish/ roasting tin
  • Piping bag with a rosette nozzle
  • Small (approx 4.5cm) cookie cutter

Ingredients
 
 

  • 100 g polenta or cornmeal
  • 400 ml vegetable stock hot
  • 20 g parmesan finely grated
  • 10 g butter
  • 1/2 tsp mixed dried herbs
  • 100 g chestnut mushrooms quartered
  • 1 1/2 tbsp cream cheese
  • 4 tbsp caramelised onion chutney
  • a handful of rocket

Instructions
 

  • Heat oven to 200C Fan. Line an 18x24cm baking tray with baking parchment.
  • Place the polenta/ cornmeal in a large pan. Pour the hot stock over the polenta and, stirring vigorously, heat on medium heat, until it comes to a boil. Let the polenta bubble for 7-8 mins, stirring continuously. Note that if you're using cornmeal, it will cook quicker. It should be thick and come away from the sides. Remove it from the heat and stir in grated parmesan, butter and mixed herbs.
  • Spread onto the lined baking tray. Place the tray in the oven for 30-35 minutes until the polenta bases are set and browning at the edges.
  • Once cooked, invert the polenta on another piece of baking parchment and carefully unpeel the baking parchment from the top.
  • Leave the base to cool down completely.
  • In the meantime, heat a tbsp of oil in a frying pan. Add the quartered mushrooms and fry until the water has released and evaporated. Leave the mushrooms to cool.
  • Once the polenta base is cool, using a cookie cutter, stamp out 15 circles of polenta. Spread half a tsp of caramelised onion chutney on each of the circles. Mix the cream cheese with a pinch of salt and a generous pinch of black pepper, Pipe it into your canapes. Then top with 3-4 mushroom qaureters and some rocket.

Nutrition

Calories: 54kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 139mgPotassium: 46mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 119IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 20mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Canapes with Mushrooms, Canapes with Polenta, Easy Canapes, Mushroom & Polenta Panapes, Mushroom Canapes, Mushroom Canapes with Polenta Base, Polenta Canapes, Simple Canapes, Vegetarian Canapes
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