Spoodles in the Kitchen

Friday, April 29, 2011 - 
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More anticipation for our pending Disney trip, I found myself making a dish from Spoodles. Spoodles was a restaurant located on Disney's BoardWalk.  I never had the opportunity to dine there, and won't have a chance since it closed in 2009.  However, I never really heard anything great about the restaurant, so I don't feel like I missed out on too much.

What drove me to make a dish from a closed restaurant that I never dined at, I can't say.  But I was still inspired by the fried polenta with sauteed mushrooms and wilted greens. I had spinach from our week 3 CSA and a cluster of shitake, oyster and baby bella mushrooms.  Why not? 

To save time, I grabbed already made polenta.  I wasn't confident in it until hubs and I actually sat down to eat dinner because through the process it was breaking and just didn't taste right to me.  I guess that is what happens when you don't make your own, but it worked out in the end!

The mushrooms were sauteed and then cooked in a red wine/broth reduction for a few minutes.  The wilted greens were spinach, sauteed with just a bit of water and butter.  I lightly fried the polenta in some olive oil, and then drizzled a balsamic vinaigrette with chopped basil over it all.

I wasn't anticipating it being so filling, but it was.  A light meal, inspired by Disney once again!