Polenta Bites With Blue Cheese, Tomatoes and Pine Nuts

READY IN: 3hrs 5mins
Recipe by MarieRynr

Little polenta "Tarts" are filled with tomatoes, pine nuts and blue cheese. Then popped into an oven until the cheese melts. Delicious, easy and impressive.

Top Review by susie cooks

I really enjoyed making this appetizer! I made the polenta cups the day night before. The polenta itself is delicious! Easy to put together the next day. I had strawberry tomatoes from the farmer's market (never heard of them before) that were so ripe and beautiful. I think my blue cheese was a little strong so next time I will get a milder one. This appetizer makes a beautiful presentation with the vibrant colors! I think it would be fun to experiment with different fillers for the polenta cups. Thanks for posting this recipe!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Lightly butter 24 mini muffin cups.
  2. Bring broth to boil in medium saucepan over medium high heat.
  3. Reduce heat to medium; gradually whisk in cornmeal.
  4. Cook until mixture is very thick, stirring constantly, about 2 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat.
  6. Stir in parmesan.
  7. Season with salt.
  8. Spoon 1 1/2 TBS hot polenta into each muffin cup.
  9. Using back of spoon, pack polenta firmly into cups.
  10. Using finger, make indentation in center of each polenta tart for filling.
  11. Chill until cold and set, about 3 hours.
  12. (Can be made 1 day ahead, cover and keep chilled.) Preheat oven to 350*F.
  13. Line baking sheet with foil.
  14. Using tip of knife, lift polenta tarts from pan.
  15. Transfer tarts, indented side up, to prepared baking sheet.
  16. Place 1 cube blue cheese in each indentation.
  17. Sprinkle green onion and pine nuts over cheese.
  18. Top each with 2 tomato quarters.
  19. Bake until cheese is melted and polenta is warmed through, about 5 minutes.
  20. Transfer tarts to platter; sprinkle with basil and serve.

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