Caprese salad is one of my favorite flavor combinations to eat in the summer. It’s fresh, delicious and above all, very easy to make.
But sometimes, even yummy caprese salads can get a little boring. That’s why I love these Caprese Polenta Bites
– they’re bite-sized and have added flavors to give a little extra zing to traditional caprese.
Our mostly vegetarian household loves polenta. Though it might look kind of funny and sound a little weird (technically, it’s a type of grain mush – gross, I know. But don’t judge a polenta by its definition!), it’s one of the most delicious foundations to a meatless meal. The polenta I like to use is infused with Italian herbs, but you can use any polenta flavor you want. I’ve also used plain and sundried tomato flavors and both are equally delicious. Just slice it up, fry it in olive oil (or grill it for a healthier version) and you’re all set!
In my opinion, the balsamic vinegar reduction is the key ingredient to this appetizer. It’s a slightly thickened version of one of my absolute favorite flavors, and it’s so easy to make. Just put it on a low boil and leave it alone for 20 minutes or so, and you’re done. Really. That’s it.
The mozzarella and basil are also key to the success of this dish – make sure you buy fresh, whole mozzarella and fresh, quality basil. The better the ingredients, the better this simple dish will taste, but you don’t have to bust your budget for it.
In less than half an hour, you can have this dish served up as an appetizer or main dish for a light summer meal, or pass it around as a hors de oeuvres at your next gathering. Either way, it’s a whole new way to try a popular flavor combo.
Here are a few more quick recipes for this Italian favorite:Caprese Pizza RecipeCucumber and Tomato Salad Caprese RecipeCaprese Turkey Burger RecipeGrilled Caprese Lasagna RecipeStephanie (aka Girl Versus Dough) joined Tablespoon to share her adventures in the kitchen. Check out Stephanie’s Tablespoon member profile and keep checking back for her own personal recipes on Tablespoon