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July 29, 2011

Caprese Polenta Bites

Haw to prepare Caprese Polenta Bites very simple & ingredients are :

  • 1 16 ounce tube (herbed) polenta, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1/2 pound fresh mozzarella, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • grape tomatoes (or cherry tomatoes sliced in half)
  • small bunch fresh basil, leaves divided from stems
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • olive oil, for drizzling
  • salt and pepper to taste
Directions:

  • Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once oil is hot, place polenta slices side by side in skillet and heat until both sides are a deep golden brown and crispy, about 15 minutes total.
  • While frying polenta slices, bring balsamic vinegar to a boil over medium heat and let reduce for 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool and thicken slightly.
  • Place slightly cooled polenta slices on a plate. Top each slice with a slice of mozzarella, a basil leaf and a grape tomato (or halved cherry tomato, cut side down).
  • Drizzle slices with olive oil and balsamic vinegar reduction. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.





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