Friday, June 21, 2013

A Quick Elegant Appetizer: Crispy Polenta Bites with Arugula Tapenade

Would you believe that it only takes about seven minutes to put together this elegant and delicious appetizer.  Open up a bottle of wine, invite a friend(s) or not and enjoy.



Crispy Polenta Bites with Arugula Tapenade
Serves 8
Recipe from Food and Wine



Ingredients:
One 16-ounce log of prepared polenta, at room temperature
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup finely chopped arugula
2 tablespoons chopped olives
Kosher salt and ground black pepper
3 radishes, very thinly sliced

Directions:
1. Trim the polenta's rounded edges to create a rectangle; halve lengthwise.  Spread the panko on a plate.  Press both sides of the polenta in the panko to coat.  In a nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the  oil.  Cook the polenta until crispy, 2 to 3 minutes per side; add 1 tablespoon of the oil after flipping.

2.  Meanwhile, in a bowl, mix the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil with the lemon juice, arugula and olives.  Season with salt and black pepper and toss.

3.  Cut the polenta into 16 pieces.  Top with the radishes and arugula tapenade.

Enjoy!
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28 comments:

Martha@SeasideSimplicity said...

These look amazing! Pinning to my "yummy" board!

tasteofbeirut said...

no kiddin'! love it! perfect!!!

Rebecca Subbiah said...

oh they look perfect :-) and so fast great combo

That Girl said...

I love using polenta as a base for appetizers

Farm Girl said...

It looks so yummy and quick and easy. Just how I like it.

Chris said...

I might try this with baked cheese grits, sounds great.

Pam said...

Wow, these look great and easy!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I didn't even know you could buy logs of prepared polenta but then I guess I never looked for it! I am definitely going to try these. I love the combination of arugula and radishes. I'll bet some shaved Parm would be great on top too.

Val said...

A perfect recipe for entertaining.

Ann Jones said...

My family loves arugula, especially my husband. This looks delicious!

Karen (Back Road Journal) said...

What a lovely little appetizer, Velva. Perfect for summer entertaining.

Julie said...

Beautiful! I wish I'd had this recipe a couple of weeks ago when I had arugula from my CSA!

Rambling Tart said...

What a clever and scrumptious idea! :-)

Rachel Cotterill said...

Wow, I would have expected it to take longer than that to cook the polenta! This looks so appealing :)

Angie Schneider said...

These look so appetizing and moreish!

LaDivaCucina said...

I'm always looking for new and tasty app ideas, thanks Velva!

Ramona JapaneseRedneck said...

Very pretty and a lot of eye appeal.

Mr. & Mrs. P said...

Love these.. What a great little bite...

Michelle said...

I love the idea of panko crusted polenta...crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside. The perfect texture combo.

Just Cake Girl said...

That's a quick apetizer :) Looks great! :)

Amy (Savory Moments) said...

What a pretty appetizer - the thinly sliced radishes look so nice.

Barbara said...

I love this, Velva. I can just taste those fresh from the garden radishes!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

This is a great idea! I always aspire to serve platters of lovely "bites" but then usually opt for cheese and crackers, since most appetizers take more time than the meal to prepare! I'm adding this to my culinary bucket list!

Inside a British Mum's Kitchen said...

Really elegant and really delicious -
Mary x

Blond Duck said...

Those look great!

Michael Toa said...

Oh wow! They look so elegant and who would have guessed that they only take minutes to prepare... let's get that wine open then :)

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Oh these look so delicious!!

Kitchen Butterfly said...

like, like, like!

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