Polenta Pizza Bites (gf)

Truthfully in a perfect world, I would eat pizza every day. And ice cream. Although I realize that this would likely result in me feeling not so great… and I would probably grow to hate it and experience food fatigue. I guess I will have to practice moderation. The struggle is real.

Let’s just make pizza in miniature form and it’ll all work out.

Have you ever seen pre-cooked polenta before? It’s in the rice area of the grocery store. And looks kinda strange- almost like a giant polenta salami… but it makes this recipe a cinch to cook up.

I tried out 2 different toppings (honestly the possibilities are endless). I did Caramelized Onion & Bacon as well as Mushroom & Pesto.

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Perhaps next time a caramelized apple and onion with brie… Or a buffalo chicken…. Or maybe something with figs and a balsamic reduction drizzle…

Excuse me while I get back to the kitchen- Apparently I will have to make these again.

I made 12 polenta pizza bites, but I sliced the rest of the polenta round and froze for a later use.

Polenta Pizza Bites

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Serves: 12 Cooking Time: 10 min

Ingredients

  • 1 package of pre-cooked polenta
  • salt and pepper
  • olive or vegetable oil
  • Toppings: Use whatever you would like!
  • Bacon & Caramelized Onion:
  • 1/3 cup pre-made tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup cooked bacon (chopped) or prosciutto
  • caramelized onions*
  • 1/2 cup grated or thinly sliced Asiago or mozzarella cheese
  • Pesto & Mushroom:
  • 1/3 cup pesto (store bought or homemade)
  • caramelized onions
  • 4 mushrooms**
  • 1/2 cup grated or thinly sliced Asiago or mozzarella cheese

Instructions

1

Slice polenta log into 1/2 inch rounds. Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle cast iron or skillet with olive or vegetable oil. Sauté polenta over medium heat for 4-5 minutes per side or until golden. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and place cooked rounds on a baking sheet.

2

Use any toppings you want to decorate your pizzas. Start with ~1 tbsp of sauce or pesto, layer on other ingredients and finish with cheese.

3

Bake pizza bites for ~10 minutes or until cheese is melted and they are heated through. Enjoy!

Notes

*to make caramelized onions- thinly slice 1 medium onion and sauté with 1/2 tbsp oil, a pinch of salt and sugar in a skillet over medium heat, stirring often until golden **to cook the mushrooms- slice thinly and sauté in a skillet over medium heat with 1/2 tbsp of oil until golden

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