Shiitake Cauliflower Risotto Stacks
Recipe type: Entree
Serves: serves two
dairy, egg, soy and gluten free, vegan
  • 5 tablespoons vegan butter
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic, plus 1 garlic clove
  • 1 teaspoon salt, plus more as needed
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper, plus more as needed
  • 1¼ cups polenta
  • 1 medium head cauliflower
  • 2 whole shallots plus 2 tablespoons chopped shallot
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ cup white wine
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 cups sliced shiitake mushroom
  1. In a large pot, combine 1 tablespoon of vegan butter, minced garlic, 1 teaspoon of the salt, ½ teaspoon of the pepper, and 3 cups water. Bring to a boil. Add polenta and stir until the water has been absorbed, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the pan and spread in a ½ inch thickness on a lightly oiled baking sheet; let cool in the refrigerator.
  2. Remove the cauliflower stem and discard. Coarsely chop cauliflower, and place it in a food processor. Pulse seven or eight times, or until it is finely minced, similar to the size and consistency of grains of rice. Divide the cauliflower into two equal portions.
  3. Fill a large pot with water and add half the cauliflower, the whole shallots, and the garlic clove. Bring to a boil, and boil for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the cauliflower is soft. Drain the water and transfer the boiled cauliflower, shallots, and garlic to high-speed blender. Blend until smooth.
  4. In a large sauté pan, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the chopped shallot and sauté for 1 to 2 minutes, then add the rest of the minced cauliflower and stir well. Add the white wine and sauté for 1 to 2 minutes, then add the pureed cauliflower and stir. Add 1 cup* water, ½ teaspoon salt, and 2 tablespoons of the vegan butter and stir. Add the parsley and stir to combine. The resulting mixture should be a risotto like consistency.
  5. In a medium skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and a pinch each of salt and pepper. Sauté until the mushrooms begin to brown. Set aside.
  6. Remove the polenta from the refrigerator and use a large thin-rimmed glass or a cookie cutter to cut it into rounds.
  7. In a separate medium sauté pan, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Add the polenta cakes and sauté for 1 to 2 minutes on each side, or until golden brown on both sides.
  8. To assemble, divide the polenta cakes between two plates, then top with the cauliflower risotto and finally the sautéed mushrooms.
  9. *my own notes - I did not need to add the water, the two times I made this recipe.
Recipe by spabettie at