Free Healthy Recipe - Mini Polenta Rounds with Roasted Roma Tomatoes and Walnut Pesto

Dairy free, Gluten free, Low fat, Low sugar, Wheat Free

Copyright John Paul Urizar

Finger food is typically deep fried, surrounded in pastry, or served with everything sitting on, or dipped in, bread. These polenta rounds make a nice change to the standard party fare. They are extremely easy to make and robust enough to hold heavier pieces of food including these little roma tomatoes. They freeze well so make more than you need in case unexpected visitors drop in. The recipe below makes approx 35 mini rounds.

2 tbsp olive oil
walnut pesto (see recipe list)

Preheat the oven to 160 degrees Celsius.

In a large pan bring the stock to boil. Add the polenta stirring continuously. Once the polenta starts to splutter turn the heat down low and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes or until cooked. (Polenta is cooked when it comes away from the side of the pan and the spoon stands up on its own). Remove from the heat and using a rolling pin roll the polenta out to approx 4mm thick. Set aside to cool.
Cut the tomatoes in half and place on a baking sheet lined with baking paper. Brush lightly with olive oil and bake for approx 30 minutes.
Using a biscuit cutter, cut mini rounds out of the polenta and place on a grill. Brush with a small amount of olive oil and grill for 5 minutes each side to crisp the outside.
Spoon a teaspoon of pesto onto each round and top with a roasted tomato.

Note: Polenta is made from ground corn. It is gluten free and therefore safe for people suffering from coeliac disease.

Makes 35 servings

Scale recipe to serves

Prep Time: nil
Cooking Time: 90 mins
Ready in: 90 mins

Suitable for:
Finger Food, Lunch, Snack
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Nutritional Information - Per Serve
Kj 268 kj
Calories 64 kcal
Fat 4.7 g
Saturated Fat 0.6 g
Total Carbohydrate 4.4 g
Total Protein 0.8 g
Fibre 0.6 g

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