Grits + Wild Mushroom Crostini with Balsamic Reduction
Recipe type: Gluten-Free
Serves: 12
  • 4 cups water or vegetable stock
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¾ cup Anson Mills Sea Island White Flint Corn Grits
  • 3 Tbs olive oil, divided
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • ½ cup water, heated
  • 1 oz dried porcini mushrooms
  • 8 oz fresh crimini mushrooms, cleaned, trimmed, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 sprigs thyme, leaves removed
  • 2 Tbs sherry
  • 1 Tbs tamari
  • 1 Tbs parsley, finely chopped, plus extra sprigs for garnish
  • black pepper, finely ground, to taste
For the Grits Crostini
  1. In a medium saucepan, bring water or stock to a boil. Turn heat down and add garlic, grits, and 2 Tbs oil. Cook, stirring often until grits are soft, about 1 hour.
  2. Season with salt to taste. Turn off heat, and pour immediately onto a parchment-lined sheet pan, pressing down with an offset spatula to make sure it has a smooth surface.
  3. Let cool slightly, then transfer to refrigerator to set for at least 1 hour. In the meantime, prepare balsamic reduction and wild mushroom spread.
  4. When grits have set, preheat broiler. Cut grits into desired shapes and place on a baking sheet. Broil 4–6 inches from heat source until lightly browned, about 10 minutes.
For the Balsamic Reduction
  1. Add balsamic vinegar to a stainless steel saucepan. Bring to a high simmer and let liquid reduce to about ¼ cup, until it looks like a glaze but isn't too thick. It will thicken as it cools. Remove from heat and set aside.
For the Wild Mushroom Spread
  1. Soak porcini mushrooms in ½ cup hot water for 15 minutes. Strain through cheesecloth and reserve cooking liquid. Rinse porcini and chop. Set aside.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add remaining 1 Tbs oil, porcini and crimini mushrooms, garlic, and thyme leaves. Cook, stirring often, until mushrooms start to release liquid, 3–5 minutes.
  3. Add sherry, reserved mushroom soaking liquid, and tamari. Bring to a boil over high heat and cook, stirring constantly, until liquid is reduced and becomes syrupy. Remove from heat and add parsley. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Set aside.
To Serve
  1. Spoon some of the wild mushroom spread on the crostini and drizzle with balsamic reduction. Garnish with parsley, if desired.
Recipe by Bauman College at