Pesto Polenta Bites with Tomato Bruschetta

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Crispy Polenta Bites with a Basil Pesto spread and topped with fresh Tomato Bruschetta. | Gluten Free Recipes | Vegetarian Recipes | joyfulhealthyeats.com

Crispy Polenta Bites with a Basil Pesto spread and topped with fresh Tomato Bruschetta. These Polenta Bites are quick, healthy, easy, and the perfect bite-size appetizer!

Do you have a go to appetizer that you make every year?

You know, that one appetizer that tastes phenomenal but is also crazy easy to make … cuz  “time” is few and far between during the holidays!

Crispy Polenta Bites with a Basil Pesto spread and topped with fresh Tomato Bruschetta. | Gluten Free Recipes | Vegetarian Recipes | joyfulhealthyeats.com

Well, one of my go to’s is a simple fresh Tomato Bruschetta. It’s so easy to make with just a few ingredients and about 5 minutes of chopping. It can be made ahead of time and put on just about anything.

In fact, we had a Christmas Party to go to last weekend and my plan was to make these Polenta Bites, photograph them and then take them to the party.

But after I made them I realized that a good friend of mine who was going to the party was allergic to pine nuts, pesto has pine nuts in it … so I couldn’t bring these bites to the party. No matter how amazing they were!

What did I do? I made a little bit more Bruschetta, added some balsamic vinegar to it, brought some pita chips and called it a night. It was perfect! Plus bruschetta is so fresh and light!

Crispy Polenta Bites with a Basil Pesto spread and topped with fresh Tomato Bruschetta. | Gluten Free Recipes | Vegetarian Recipes | joyfulhealthyeats.com

Normally I will add bruschetta to some butter toasted bread. Today we are doing something a little different.

Polenta! Have you ever had it?

It’s basically corn meal that’s cooked and stirred with love for like 30 minutes until it’s the consistency of grits or a creamy oatmeal. Some people eat it just like that, or sometimes they fry or bake it. Today, I cheated a bit and purchased pre-made polenta. Take the shortcuts when you can! Then I sliced it, brushed it with some olive oil and baked it so that the polenta got all nice and crispy. 🙂

Crispy Polenta Bites with a Basil Pesto spread and topped with fresh Tomato Bruschetta. | Gluten Free Recipes | Vegetarian Recipes | joyfulhealthyeats.com

Once the polenta gets crispy it basically turns into a vehicle for any toppings you want!

This time I chose to top it with homemade Basil Pesto and my go to Bruschetta! Ya’ll this appetizer is absolutely glorious and a refreshing treat to all those “heavy” appetizers! Plus it gluten free! Woot woot! You know… if you’re into that sort of thang!

If you’re not and just like to eat good food, well your in luck too because this is both. Healthy AND down right delicious! You can say thank you later! 🙂

Crispy Polenta Bites with a Basil Pesto spread and topped with fresh Tomato Bruschetta. | Gluten Free Recipes | Vegetarian Recipes | joyfulhealthyeats.com

I hope you aren’t getting sick of appetizer recipes yet. Because I have a couple more coming your way! I just can’t help myself! After all, the holiday season is all about Jesus, Appetizers, Cookies, Cocktails, and Presents right?

Oh hey, I just realized that this is a Meatless Monday recipe too! Woohoo, I actually posted a Vegetarian recipe ON Meatless Monday and didn’t do it on purpose. High fives to me!

Ok. Sorry. Apparently it’s the little things for me!

Alright folks, Happy Christmas Week and Bon Appetit … don’t forget to add these Pesto Polento Bites to your menu!

Crispy Polenta Bites with a Basil Pesto spread and topped with fresh Tomato Bruschetta. | Gluten Free Recipes | Vegetarian Recipes | joyfulhealthyeats.com

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Pesto Polenta Bites with Tomato Bruschetta

  • Author: Krista @ JoyfulHealthyEats.com
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 10-15 bites
  • Category: Appetizer, Vegetarian, Holiday, Gluten Free

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 ready made polenta roll, cut into 1/2″ slices
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil pesto

Tomato Bruschetta:

  • 1 pint champagne tomatoes (cherry or grape will work too), diced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chiffoned
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat broiler to HIGH.
  2. In a medium bowl, add tomatoes, garlic, fresh basil, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper to taste. Toss everything together and set aside.
  3. Gently brush both sides of the polenta discs and place on a greased baking sheet.
  4. Broil for 7-10 minutes or until slightly browned.
  5. Remove from oven.
  6. Smear 1/2 teaspoon of pesto on each disc and top with fresh tomato bruschetta.
  7. SERVE!

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13 Responses
  1. What an interesting appetizer! I tried polenta for the first time when on holidays in Italy and I loved it. However, never tried making it at home. My question: can you make these using ordinary polenta – not ready made? I see yours is of a thick consistency which I am not sure how to achieve with just cooking it from scratch.

    1. I know. That’s why I love it, it’s different! You can definitely make it using regular polenta, just don’t add as much liquid to the mixture when you’re making it. 🙂

  2. Louise

    In case it comes up again, not all pesto recipes have pine nuts in them, so you can make them for your friend, too! (My hubby can’t have them, either.)

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