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Serves 6 | Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes | Cook Time 20 minutes
1 1/2 cups organic corn grits (polenta), fine ground
3 cups water
1 pinch Eden Sea Salt
2 Tbsp Eden Extra Virgin Olive Oil
6 Tbsp organic unbleached white flour
1 cup water, including reserved shiitake soaking water
1/2 tsp Eden Sea Salt, or to taste
2 cups Edensoy Unsweetened
or Edensoy Original
1 cup Eden Maitake Mushrooms, soaked 10 min. in hot water to cover
1/2 cup Eden Sliced Shiitake Mushrooms, soaked 10 min. in 1/2 cup hot water
2 Tbsp Eden Mirin
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
1/4 cup fresh parsley, minced
Eden Safflower Oil, for frying the polenta slices
or Eden Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Bring 3 cups water to a boil. Add salt and whisk in the polenta, stirring constantly until it begins to thicken. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Pour polenta into a shallow glass baking dish, spread out evenly with a spoon until about 1/2 inch thick. Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm.
Prepare the gravy before frying the polenta slices. Heat olive oil in a skillet and sauté garlic and mushrooms for 2 to 3 minutes. Add flour and sauté, mixing constantly, until vegetables are coated with flour. Combine mushroom soaking waters with Edensoy. Slowly whisk in the liquid, stirring constantly until it becomes thick. Add sea salt, mirin, oregano, and basil. Simmer uncovered on low for 10 minutes.
While sauce is cooking, slice polenta into squares or rectangles. Oil a skillet or griddle with safflower oil. Pan fry slices until golden and crisp on both sides.
Add pepper to gravy and mix. Ladle gravy over individual servings of polenta and garnish with parsley to serve.