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Mini Polenta Pizza Bites

Mini polenta cakes topped with your favorite pizza fixings.

Mini Polenta Pizza Bites

Who doesn’t love a good slice of pizza? It’s pretty much a staple in every household kitchen across the country. Adults love it. Kids love it. Heck, even my dog loves it.

Since most of us lead a busy life, I wanted to create a pizza recipe that came together in under 30 minutes. Pacific‘s new line of Organic Polenta is the perfect vessel for these mini polenta pizza bites. I used their Roasted Garlic and Herb as the base for these savory bites.

Each box is loaded with fresh herbs, salty parmesan cheese, and sweet roasted garlic.

Mini Polenta Pizza Bites

What makes this recipe so easy is that the polenta is prepared and ready to go–no mixing, stirring, or standing over a hot pot required. These fun-sized bites require minimal effort and pack a bold punch of flavor.

This recipe requires three simple steps: 1. Slice and bake the polenta, 2. Top with your favorite pizza fixings, and 3. Eat. In my opinion, the third step is the best.

Mini Polenta Pizza Bites

The polenta bakes up crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside. Each mini bite is oozing with your favorite toppings and a generous sprinkling of gooey cheese.

This recipe is extremely versatile and can be served as an after-school snack for the kiddos, easy weeknight meal, or game-day appetizer.

Mini Polenta Pizza Bites

However you decide to serve these savory bites, they’ll quickly disappear from the tray.

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Mini Polenta Pizza Bites

Mini polenta cakes topped with your favorite pizza fixings.

Yield: 12

Total Time: 30 minutes

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 (17-ounce) package Pacific Organic Polenta
  • ¼ cup pizza sauce
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 4 ounces favorite pizza toppings (such as sliced mushrooms, pepperoni, sausage, etc.)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped basil, optional

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Remove the polenta from its packaging and pat dry with a paper towel. Using a serrated knife, cut the polenta into ¼-inch thick slices. Line the polenta on the prepared baking sheet. Bake the polenta for 8-10 minutes on each side, or until golden and crispy.
  3. Remove the pan from the oven and top each slice of polenta with 1 teaspoon of pizza sauce. Sprinkle about 1 tablespoon of mozzarella cheese onto each slice and top with your favorite pizza toppings. I used 4 ounces of sliced baby portobello mushrooms for this recipe, but you can use any topping of your choosing.
  4. Place the pan back in the oven and bake for an additional 5 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and slightly golden in color.
  5. Top with chopped basil and serve immediately.
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9 Responses to “Mini Polenta Pizza Bites”

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    Cookin Canuck — May 20, 2015 at 9:33 am

    Baked polenta has such a fantastic texture, and I love the idea of making it into pizza bites!

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    Gerry @ foodnessgracious — May 20, 2015 at 11:20 am

    these are such a cool idea for a party! I love polenta and pizza so winner!!

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    Julia — May 20, 2015 at 11:37 am

    Oh my YES! I love the idea of eating pizza atop polenta! I’ve made polenta lasagna and loved it, so I can only imagine these little bites of joy taste amazing!

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    Medha @ Whisk & Shout — May 20, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    I loooove polenta and this looks to die for! :)

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    Rachel Cooks — May 21, 2015 at 6:36 am

    Oh my gosh these are so fun!!! What a great idea!

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — May 21, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    Can you believe I just  recently tried polenta….and fell in LOVE!!?  And then you added pizza to the mix and my taste buds fell off my head. I love Pacific Foods, so I gotta try these! Pinned!

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    Amelia @ Eating Made Easy — May 22, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    I have been craving polenta and was just thinking about how I could incorporate it into summer recipes. Now I might try grilling it and making these pizza bites on the grilled polenta! These look so good!!

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    Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons — May 25, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    Dogs LOVE pizza. In fact, when we took our first dog to obedience class, her rewards were little bits of pizza crust. The trainer told us to bring something she got REALLY excited about, and pizza crust was it!

    Anywhoo…I love the flavor of polenta and how versatile it is. These little bites would be so fun for a party!

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    Gina | Running to the Kitchen — May 26, 2015 at 8:33 am

    This totally reminded me of a recipe I made years ago and completely forgot about. Polenta is SUCH a good appetizer bite base. Beats crackers and bread any day!

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