Published Jul 10th
Lauren’s Pesto Polenta Bites
Prep 30m Cook 12m Additional - Ready In 42m
Servings 12 polenta bites Calories 339.5

Golden polenta slices are topped with homemade pesto, prosciutto, and roasted red peppers in this yummy appetizer prepared in a Panasonic CIO. This recipe appears on an episode of the Dinner Spinner TV Show on The CW!

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 (16 ounce) tube polenta, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, or as needed
  • 1 pinch garlic salt, or to taste
  • 1 pinch Italian seasoning, or to taste
  • 2 cups fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts, or more to taste
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • ½ cup olive oil, or more as needed
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 6 slices prosciutto, halved crosswise
  • 1 (12 ounce) jar roasted red peppers, sliced into 1-inch pieces

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Place a grill pan in an oven and preheat to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). (If using a countertop induction oven, preheat on the "Grill" setting.)
  2. 2 Brush polenta slices with olive oil; season with garlic salt and Italian seasoning. Transfer to heated grill pan.
  3. 3 Grill in the preheated oven until golden brown, flipping halfway through, about 12 minutes in the conventional oven and 6 minutes in the countertop induction oven.
  4. 4 Combine basil, lemon juice, pine nuts, and garlic in a food processor; pulse a few times until chopped. Pour in 1/2 cup olive oil in a steady stream, with the processor running, until pesto is smooth. Add Parmesan cheese; pulse until incorporated. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. 5 Arrange polenta slices on a platter. Divide prosciutto over slices; top each with 1 to 2 tablespoons pesto. Garnish with roasted red peppers.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 339.5
  • Carbohydrate 16 g
  • Cholesterol 15.6 mg
  • Fat 27.6 g
  • Fiber 1.6 g
  • Protein 7.5 g
  • Saturated Fat 5.5 g
  • Sodium 846.6 mg
  • Sugar 2.6 g


  1. Not bad just not my cup of tea. Didn't do too well at our party.
  2. These were excellent! Only change I made is that I made the polenta myself because I don't like the tube stuff. great taste and will make again!
  3. An easy appetizer and different from the usual. The flavors went nicely with some Prosecco. Thank you for the recipe.
  4. Simple and delicious with a great blend of flavors! Of course the grocery store did not have any rolled polenta so I just made my own which was probably better anyways.:) I wasn't sure how hubby was gonna like these but he really enjoyed them too. I will def be making this again YUM! Thanks - Read more ...
  5. This is such a wonderful mix of flavors. I can't wait to serve this at my next get together. I agree making the prosciutto crispy would set this over the edge I would also cut back on the amount of pest on each bite for personal preference.
  6. Quick...easy...and a simple appetizer especially during the holidays. I loved the fresh pesto with the prosciutto. Next time I will crisp up the prosciutto under the broiler before layering it on top. Delicious!