Grilled Polenta Bruschetta

This Grilled Polenta Bruschetta is incredibly easy to make and delicious too! Top the polenta round with your choice of Fontina, Gouda, or Brie cheese and a tomato-basil garnish. These versatile polenta cakes make a fantastic appetizer or side dish. Add your favorite herbs or cheeses to make this dish uniquely yours.

What Kind of Polenta Should I use? 

  1. For this grilled polenta bruschetta, I highly recommend using the pre-cooked polenta available in tube form. This variation is the right size and shape, and all you’ll need to do is cut polenta into slices.
  2. Use a quick-cooking polenta. Follow the package instruction and spoon out the cooked polenta onto a sheet of parchment paper. Roll into 3″ wide tube shape. Secure with plastic wrap, and place into your refrigerator for 2-3 hours. Slice as use as directed.

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Ingredients for Grilled Polenta Bruschetta:

  • 1 package pre-cooked polenta, 24 ounces 
  • 3 medium tomatoes
  • Brie, fontina, gouda cheese, slice the gouda or brie cheese before using.
  • Flat-leaf parsley
  • Fresh basil
  • Olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Red Pepper flakes
  • Garlic
  • Salt

How to Make Grilled Polenta Bruschetta:

  • Preheat your grill for 350 degrees F or medium heat.
  • Peel the garlic, and place it into a small microwave-safe bowl with 1 tablespoon of water. 
  • Microwave the garlic for 45 seconds. Doing this will soften the garlic and reduce the harsh enzymes. 
  • Let the garlic cool for 5 minutes, and mince.
  • Combine olive oil, balsamic, garlic, tomatoes, salt, pepper flakes, basil, and parsley in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • Cut polenta into 12 equal slices. Brush with oil and place on grill rack.
  • Cook on direct heat until one side is golden brown, about 3 minutes. 
  • Carefully turn slices over, place cheese on top and grill polenta for an additional 5-6 minutes. 
  • Remove your grilled polenta bruschetta from the heat and top with tomato-herb mixture. Drizzle with a little extra olive oil and some balsamic before serving.
Grilled Polenta Bruschetta

Grilled Polenta Bruschetta

Topped with your choice of Fontina, Gouda, or Brie cheese and a tomato-basil garnish, these versatile polenta cakes can be served as an appetizer or side dish. Add your favorite herbs or cheeses to make this dish uniquely your own.
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Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: Fusion, Italian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 9 minutes
Total Time: 24 minutes
Servings: 5 People
Calories: 412kcal
Author: Sabrina Baksh

Ingredients

  • 1 24 ounce polenta precooked and packaged
  • 3 medium tomatoes seeded and chopped
  • 3 ounces Brie Cheese Sub with Fontina or Gouda. Slice the Gouda or Brie cheese before using.
  • 2 tablespoons flat leaf parsley finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper flakes
  • 1-2 cloves garlic minced

Instructions

  • Preheat grill for 350 degrees F, or medium heat.
  • Peel garlic, and place it into a small bowl with 1 tablespoon of garlic. Microwave for 45 seconds. This will soften the garlic, and reduce the harsh enzymes. Let the garlic cool for 5 minutes, and mince.
    Combine olive oil, balsamic, garlic, tomatoes, salt, pepper flakes, basil and parsley in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • Cut polenta into 12 equal slices. Brush with oil and place on grill rack.
  • Cook on direct heat until one side is golden brown, about 3 minutes. Turn slices, place cheese on top and grill polenta for an additional 5-6 minutes. Remove polenta from heat and top with tomato-herb topping. Drizzle with a little extra olive oil and some balsamic before serving.

Notes

Photo by: Sabrina Baksh/Regarding BBQ, Inc.

Nutrition

Calories: 412kcal | Carbohydrates: 90g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 228mg | Potassium: 239mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 611IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 2mg
Grilled Polenta Bruschetta