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Easy Polenta Appetizers

Easy Polenta Chile Appetizers

Easy Polenta Appetizers are really, really tasty – with sharp cheese, green chiles, garlic, and bell pepper, they make a very satisfying snack or even a meal.

I happened to grab some Trader Joe’s Organic Polenta (18-oz tube in refrigerated section) and put together an amazingly tasty appetizer in no time. One thing to know – polenta, corn meal, corn bread, grits, almost anything corn – goes with green chiles and cheese like ice cream goes with chocolate syrup. You almost have to work to screw it up. So I put this appetizer together … and then ate 4 of them for dinner. These are just really, really tasty and satisfying. Maybe addicting.

I used a Big Jim medium hot chile, and believe it or not, made these in my toaster oven. I’m waiting for my new oven to be delivered. I made the mistake of first broiling them about 4 inches from the heating coils. It was taking too long, so I moved the shelf up so they were more like 2 inches away – much better. The polenta is already cooked, so the idea is to get them hot and starting to brown. Then top with the cheese & chiles – can’t beat it. Try it! You’ll like it.

Easy Polenta Appetizers
 
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Serves: 16 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 16 to 18 oz tube prepared polenta
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup diced green chiles
  • ½ cup diced red bell pepper
  • 3 green onions, sliced
Instructions
  1. Turn on oven broiler and spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Slice polenta into 16½ inch rounds, brush both sides with olive oil and place on cookie sheet. Set aside.
  3. In a medium skillet, pour 1 tbsp olive oil. Saute the minced garlic just till soft, about 1-2 minutes, then stir in the green chiles and set aside.
  4. Pop the cookie sheet into the broiler a few inches from the heat and cook till just starting to brown (probably 5-10 minutes, keep your eyes on them). Remove from oven, flip the polenta over, and cook the other side till starting to brown. Remove from oven.
  5. On each round of polenta, cover with shredded cheese, then top with about 1 tbsp of the chile garlic mixture, then a bit more cheese and some red bell pepper bits.
  6. Pop back into broiler for 2-3 minutes or until cheese is fully melted.
  7. Top each with green onions and serve. Enjoy!
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Commentary:
I happened to grab some Trader Joe's Organic Polenta (18-oz tube in refrigerated section) and put together an amazingly tasty appetizer in no time. One thing to know - polenta, corn meal, corn bread, grits, almost anything corn - goes with green chiles and cheese like ice cream goes with chocolate syrup. You almost have to work to screw it up. So I put this appetizer together ... and then ate 4 of them for dinner. These are just really, really tasty and satisfying. Maybe addicting.

I used a Big Jim medium hot chile, and believe it or not, made these in my toaster oven. I'm waiting for my new oven to be delivered. I made the mistake of first broiling them about 4 inches from the heating coils. It was taking too long, so I moved the shelf up so they were more like 2 inches away - much better. The polenta is already cooked, so the idea is to get them hot and starting to brown. Then top with the cheese & chiles - can't beat it. Try it! You'll like it.

 

 

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