Polenta Stuffed Collards

This recipe was made up after the fact, based on very fuzzy recollections from a tropical vacation on a boat several years ago, along with another recipe for Mushroom-Polenta Collard Rolls I found online. I adjusted the recipe based on what we did, as well as can be remembered. What I do remember was that this was delicious. Since we have a variety of greens in the shares, I would say that Swiss chard would make a great substitute.

Preparation

Ingredients:
1 bunch of collards*, stem cut out and blanched (6-8 leaves)
* If using collards, remove stems and set leaves aside. Chop the stems finely so you can saute them with your other vegetables. Don't blanch the chard leaves--they will be tender enough with just the baking.

1-1/2 cups polenta/popcorn cornmeal/bloody butcher cornmeal (cooked in a smoked or jerked chicken broth, or flavorful vegetable broth)
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup chopped fresh shiitakes
1/2 medium onion, (you can use green onion or whatever alium is in season) chopped
2-3 garlic cloves, minced chopped fresh thyme, oregano or other fresh herb, to taste
1/4 cup grated hard/aged, sharp, salty cheese
1/4 cup melty cheese

This is a good dish to use up leftover bits of meat of cooked veggies, so clean out the fridge!

Instructions: Preheat oven to 350F. Heat olive oil in a medium pan, add mushrooms, onion and garlic and saute a few minutes. Add to cooked polenta, along with cheeses and fresh herbs. Place collard leaf with cut-out stem side facing you and overlap the sides to close up the cut. Scoop 1/4 to 1/3 cup onto each collard leaf, and roll up, tucking sides in as you go. Place all in casserole, cover with a bit more broth, and bake 30-45 minutes. Serves 6 to 8

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