Quick Fix: Polenta Tartlets

Earlier in the week, I showed you how to make a great polenta recipe. One thing about polenta, though, is that I always seem to end up with leftovers. Since it's such a versatile food, though, there are lots of ways to use it up and enjoy it over and over. One such way is to make it a nice appetizer for your happy hour guests!

This is not only a really easy quick fix, but it is also one that is unique and impressive. It'll look like you went to a bunch of trouble, when really, you were only using up your leftovers. Brilliant!

You want to start by cutting your leftover polenta into shapes--it doesn't have to be circles, but I thought the circles were pretty. I used a shot glass to cut mine and as you can tell, they aren't necessarily all even. I need a cookie cutter... but whatever. You could also hand cut them into squares, which would work just fine. 

Put them on a sheet pan greased with butter. 

Topping on the tartlets? Can be whatever you fancy and the possibilities are endless. Today, I am using prosciutto ham and mozzarella on some and artichoke and truffle sauce on others. 

They are small and meant to be eaten in one or two bites... so don't over do it---just a dab'll do ya! 

Artichoke and truffle.

Then throw them in the oven on a Lo Broil for about 5-7 minutes or until they are hot and cheese is melted..... 

See how breathtakingly easy that was--and how pretty they look? 

This one is going to make you seem like a culinary wizard! 

Time: 15 minutes | Serves: varies, depending on your leftovers | Difficulty: Easy! 

You Will Need:

Butter (for greasing a sheet pan)

You choice of toppings, but here are my suggestions: 
prosciutto ham and mozzarella 
artichoke and truffle
bacon and blue cheese
halved cherry tomato drizzled with pesto 


Cut polenta into little tartlet shapes, either round or square (your choice). Lay them out on a sheet pan greased with butter. 

Top them with toppings desired. Be creative with this one--try new things. How about a little onion and cheese or arugula and brie cheese? The possibilities are limited only by your imagination! 

Pop the sheet pan into the oven on a LO Broil for 5-7 minutes or until they are heated through and cheese (if you choose cheese). Put these suckers on a platter and feed them to guests who are wholly impressed with your domesticated ways! 

Give yourself a pat on the back and hopefully a glass of wine because you are a golden [polenta] god. 

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