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Polenta Bruschetta with Mushrooms

These crispy Air Fried Polenta Bruschetta topped with scrumptious Garlic & Parsley Sautéed Mushrooms are the perfect starter/appetiser you can bring on the table.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr
Servings: 6 bruschette
Calories: 230kcal
Author: Adriana Z.



  • 500 g Polenta Block
  • 600 g Cremini Mushrooms
  • 3 tbsp Semolina
  • 2 Garlic Clove
  • 30 g Fresh Parsley
  • 2 tbsp Vegetable Oil* see notes for oil-free version
  • 1 tbsp Balsamic Glaze
  • 1/2 tbsp Olive Oil* see notes for oil-free version
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  • Cut the polenta block in 1 cm-thick slices.
  • Prepare two bowls: one with vegetable oil, one with semolina flour. Toss each polenta slice the vegetable oil* first, then in some semolina flour.
  • Arrange the slices in the air fryer basket making sure to form only one layer. Air fry for 40 minutes at 200°C (390°F) , carefully flipping the slices half way through. Alternatively you can bake the sliced in the oven over a rack covered in baking paper at the same temperature fan assisted.
  • Clean the mushrooms with a damp cloth or kitchen paper and trim off the stalk.
  • Slice the mushrooms 3-4 mm thick and place in a pan with some olive oil (or vegetable broth for oil-free), fresh garlic, salt and pepper.
  • As soon as they are half wilted (after 3-4 minutes on medium-high heat), add the balsamic glaze and cook out till the mushrooms are tender (up to 5 more minutes, depending on taste).
  • Wash the parsley and start chopping it finely. Combine half of it with the mushrooms and leave the rest for garnish.
  • Assemble the dish by placing the polenta bruschette on a serving plate and top with the sautéed mushrooms. You can finish with a drizzle of olive oil and more balsamic glaze if you like, and indeed more fresh parsley.


*For oil free version:
Substitute both vegetable oil and the olive oil with water or vegetable broth.


Calories: 230kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Potassium: 539mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 493IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg