Polenta Encrusted Crab

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Mar. 19, 2011


Olive oil 2 Tablespoon
Wild mushrooms 6 Ounce , cleaned, trimmed, and sliced (Boletus, Chanterelle, Oyster, And/Or Shiitake Mushrooms)
Garlic 2 Clove (10 gm) , minced
Chicken stock 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Minced flat leaf parsley 1/4 Cup (4 tbs)
Chopped oil packed sun dried tomatoes 3 Tablespoon
Capers 2 Tablespoon
Freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 Tablespoon


FOR THE TAPENADE, heat the olive oil in a medium-sized skillet, add the mushrooms and garlic, and saute for 2 minutes over medium-high heat.

Add the chicken stock, reduce the heat, and simmer until the mushrooms are very tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes.

Transfer the mixture to a bowl, add the parsley, sun-dried tomatoes, capers, and lemon juice, and toss to mix well.

Set aside.

The tapenade can be made a day in advance.

REMOVE ANY BITS of shell or cartilage from the crabmeat.

COMBINE THE MILK, water, and cornmeal in a medium-sized, heavy saucepan and bring to a boil, whisking constantly.

Reduce the heat to medium and continue cooking for 20 minutes, whisking often.

Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the Parmesan and Swiss cheeses, adding salt and pepper to taste.

LIGHTLY GREASE a 12-cup muffin tin.

Half-fill each of the cups with the warm polenta mixture.

Divide the crabmeat evenly among the muffin cups, pressing it gently into the polenta.

Top the crab with the remaining polenta and use your fingers, moistened with water, to smooth the tops.

Refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, at least 30 minutes.

The polenta can be prepared to this point up to a day in advance.


UNMOLD THE POLENTAS upside-down onto a lightly greased baking sheet and bake until very hot and lighdy browned, 25 to 30 minutes.

Set one polenta on each plate, top each with some of the mushroom tapenade, and serve.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Medium
Cook Time: 30 Minutes
Ready In: 30 Minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving size Complete recipe

Calories 870Calories from Fat 593

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 66 g101.5%

Saturated Fat 7 g35%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 478 mg19.92%

Total Carbohydrates 39 g13%

Dietary Fiber 6 g24%

Sugars 2 g

Protein 33 g66%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet