Monday, November 25

Polenta Bites with Herbed Cheese Topping

Combining ready made polenta and a homemade cheese spread, these bites are sure to be a star at any holiday gathering or party. 

Full time 1 hour
Makes 32 bites

You will need:

18 oz tube ready made polenta
4 oz cream cheese, softened
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp Parmesan cheese
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried parsley
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 tsp dried basil

Let us begin:

Preheat oven broiler.

In a small bowl mix cream cheese with all herbs, salt, and pepper.

Sit the aside to let the flavor meld.

Carefully slice the ends off each side of the polenta tube, you can discard these. We want nice, flush flat pieces.

Slice tube into 16 roughly 1/2" thick, rounds.

Slice each round in half.

Lightly brush both sides of polenta pieces with olive oil and set on a baking sheet.

Roast under broiler for 3-5 minutes or until golden color begins to develop.

Carefully turn over pieces. 

Roast under broiler 3-5 minutes or until golden color begins to develop.

Remove from oven and carefully remove to serving platter.

Allow pieces to cool to room temp.

Top with a dollop of herbed cheese.

Serve and enjoy!