POLENTA WAFFLE BITES
This savory snack is a no-brainer and takes literally less than 10 minutes to make. I had a tube of ready-made polenta (from Trader Joe's) in my fridge and a jar of sun-dried tomatoes. If you have last minute company (or in my case, hungry book club gals) you can whip these up in a few heartbeats, and your guests will love you! This is a VEGAN snack (without the cheese) and VEGETARIAN with cheese on top! This recipe makes 12-16 rounds of polenta waffles.
WHAT YOU NEED:
- waffle iron
- tube of ready made polenta (or if you have some leftover home-made, just refrigerate it)
- olive or canola oil spray
- marinara or sun dried tomatoes in oil (I get mine at the olive bar in my market)
- grated parmesan or pecorino (optional)
1. Preheat waffle iron to medium setting (on my iron that #3 out of 6 ).
2. Cut 1/2" rounds of polenta and set aside.
3. Once waffler is ready, spray top and bottom with olive or canola oil.
4. Put one round in each waffle compartment, close the lid (no peeking) and cook for 7-8 minutes until crispy and brown.
5. Remove carefully and transfer to plate. Add a dollop of marinara or a few bits of sun dried tomato, sprinkle with cheese and fresh basil. If not serving immediately, put waffles on a sheet pan and keep warm in a low oven until ready to serve. Add toppings right before serving.
- Freshly made polenta, if spread in a sheet or pie pan, will set up after 30-45 minutes in the fridge. Then use a cookie cutter or empty can to cut out circles for waffling.
- If you want a wonderful little starter for a dinner party, consider serving a polenta "waffle" with some shredded carnitas or short ribs, a squirt of creme fraiche or sour cream, and some salsa or gremolata (chopped parsley, lemon zest, salt, pepper, garlic and olive oil).