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Foodie Fridays: Mini Polenta Pizzas
Posted by Guest in Foodie Fridays
Anybody else happy it's Friday? It's been quite a week in my world. Whew!

Fridays in our house are often pizza night. Sometimes we go with the classics. Other times we prefer something more "gourmet." Still other times we take a whole other approach and take the simple biscuit pizzas and English muffin pizzas of our youth and transform them into something more grown-up, but every bit as fun. Enter the Mini Polenta Pizza.

These are great paired with a salad and a glass (or two) of wine. You can also serve them as appetizers at your next party. But the real good news is this: not only are they pretty and they taste great, but they're also easy on the waistline! Though homemade polenta can carry lots of calories by way of the heavy cream and cheese you might add, the pre-made versions tend to be surprisingly low calorie. Top with flavorful ingredients and you've got lots of flavor and not so much guilt!

Mini Polenta Pizzas
1 tube (24 oz), pre-cooked polenta
olive oil for brushing
1/4 cup marinara sauce (bottled or homemade)
4-5 marinated artichoke hearts, sliced
1/4 cup roasted red bell pepper, sliced into thin strips
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 400 F.

Slice polenta into 12 1/2" slices. Place slices on a baking sheet and brush one side lightly with olive oil. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove pan from oven, flip the polenta slices and brush opposite side with olive oil. Return to oven and bake for another 10 minutes. Remove pan from the oven.

Preheat oven to broil.

Top each baked round with a teaspoon of marinara, artichoke slices, and roasted red pepper. Sprinkle with 1.5 tablespoons of cheese.

Return pan to oven and broil for 3-4 minutes, until the cheese is melted. Serve warm.

Yield: 12 mini pizzas

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