Polenta Bites.

12 Dec
When I visited San Francisco for the Foodbuzz festival I had a taste of something that left my taste buds wanting more.
These tasty little morsels.  And I call them polenta bites because I don’t really know what their official name was :) All I know is that it involved polenta, goat cheese and some delicious veggies on top.
And since the next Foodbuzz festival is practically a year away and who knows if this is what they will serve…I decided to make my own.
Yields: 24 cups
You will need:
•1 cup instant polenta
•3 cups water
•cooking spray
•2 cups mushrooms, I used porcini
•1 TBS olive oil
•1/2 cup fresh rosemary
•3/4 cup diced onion
•1/4 cup goat cheese
•salt and pepper to taste
Begin by adding the water and polenta over a medium heat.  Continuously stir until the polenta becomes thick.
Spray each cup with cooking spray. Next, fill mini cupcake pans with the polenta about 3/4 full.
Place the trays in the refrigerator until the cups set and are firm.
Then, it’s time to prepare the mushroom mixture!
Begin by heating olive oil in a pan.  Add onions and saute until soft.  To prepare mushrooms, clean with a damp paper towel.  Cut mushrooms into strips, leaving out stems.  Add mushrooms and rosemary, and cook until mushrooms have softened.  Season with salt and pepper.
Once the mushroom mixture is finished, remove the cups from tray by gently using a spoon to push them  out.  Fill each cup with a small amount of goat cheese, followed by the mushroom mixture.  Top with a few sprigs of rosemary.
Then try, try not to devour each and every one of these!
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13 Responses to “Polenta Bites.”

  1. movesnmunchies December 12, 2010 at 2:29 am #

    oh my! these are so gourmet looking! I can totally make these for holiday parties!

    • allieatfood December 12, 2010 at 2:43 am #

      Definitely! They are easy to make and so so yummy.

  2. cleaneatingchelsey December 12, 2010 at 8:11 am #

    You’re so fancy Allie! :)

  3. gracefulfitness December 12, 2010 at 10:39 am #

    Great recipe! I have some cornmeal in the cupboard to use up and I love mushrooms, I will definitely give it a shot.

    • allieatfood December 12, 2010 at 3:46 pm #

      Let me know if you do! It’s easy enough and really tasty.

  4. Erika December 12, 2010 at 12:06 pm #

    These look so fancy! I’ve never tried polenta before but I heard it kinda tastes like cornbread. Is that true? :-)

    • allieatfood December 12, 2010 at 3:47 pm #

      Yes! I think it tastes like a mix between cornbread and the consistency of grits.

  5. kristy @ ksayerphotography December 12, 2010 at 3:41 pm #

    These look so good! Perfect for holiday parties :)

  6. What Kate Ate December 12, 2010 at 4:27 pm #

    These look so good! Im a huge polenta fan.

  7. Holly December 12, 2010 at 9:48 pm #

    My mouth is watering looking at these little guys!! YUM!

  8. carascravings December 12, 2010 at 10:59 pm #

    Impressive!
    They look melt in your mouth good.

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