Mushrooms, eggplant, thyme, and beef are a match made in heaven. Folded into a tomato sauce spiced with the comforting fall flavours of paprika, cumin, oregano, cinnamon, and smoke. This ragu is served over creamy polenta, it doesn’t get much better than this!
Prepare the vegetables: Wash and clean all produce. Slice the mushrooms in about ½ cm slices. Dice the eggplant and the onion in about 1 cm dices. Mince the fresh thyme.
Cook the beef & vegetables: In a large pan on medium heat, add oil (1/2 tsp, 1 tsp), salt (1/4 tsp, 1/2 tsp), onion, ground beef, eggplant and mushrooms. Cook about 15 minutes or until the eggplant is tender and the beef is fullly cooked.
While the vegetables are cooking, in a medium pot, combine water (1 1/2 cup, 3 cup), the coconut mylk and salt (1/4 tsp, 1/2 tsp). Bring almost to a boil on medium heat.
Note: The coconut mylk will solidify and separate in the fridge. It will become nice and creamy when warmed up.
Note: Ensure the ground beef is cooked to a minimal internal temperature of 160F.
Finish the ragu: Add the polenta bake spice blend to the pan and let cook for an additional minute. Add the signature tomato sauce, and water (1/4 cup, 1/2 cup). Adjust the seasoning. Let the flavour develop on low heat until the polenta is ready.
Finish the polenta: Once the water and coconut milk is almost boiling, slowly stir in the cornmeal stirring constantly with a whisk. Simmer the polenta, stirring frequently, until the mixture is smooth, tender, and creamy, about 3 minutes.
Garnish & Serve: In individual bowls, place the polenta and the ragu, garnish with fresh thyme and serve.
Eggplant contains a potent anioxidant called nasunin, Nasunin has been shown to help protect brain cell membranes from damage.
Cooking with Kids
Cooking for kids?
Feel free to go easy on the polenta bake spice blend to make the flavours of the dish more kid friendly.
Making this recipe with kids?
Ask the child to help by completing step 5:
- complete the polenta
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Note: We cannot guarantee any dish is allergen free.