Cheesy Apple Polenta Bites

Looking for a make-ahead appetizer? Then check out these cheesy apple polenta bites - the perfect snack to serve a crowd.

  • prep time 25 min
  • total time 1 hr 10 min
  • ingredients 9
  • servings 72

Ingredients

1
cup yellow cornmeal
1
cup cold water
2 3/4
cups boiling water
1
teaspoon salt
2
tablespoons grated onion
1
tablespoon chopped fresh or 1 teaspoon dried sage leaves
1
cup shredded Cheddar cheese (4 ounces)
1
small unpeeled apple
Juice of 1 medium lemon (2 to 3 tablespoons)
  • 1 Line square baking dish, 8x8x2 inches, with aluminum foil, leaving 1 inch of foil overhanging at 2 opposite sides of pan; grease foil. Mix cornmeal and cold water in 2-quart saucepan. Stir in boiling water and salt. Cook about 5 minutes, stirring constantly, until mixture boils and thickens; reduce heat to low. Stir in onion, sage and 1/2 cup of the cheese. Cook uncovered 5 minutes, stirring occasionally; remove from heat.
  • 2 Spread cornmeal mixture (polenta) in baking dish. Cover and refrigerate at least 12 hours until firm.
  • 3 Heat oven to 400º. Grease jelly roll pan, 15 1/2x10 1/2x1 inch. Remove polenta from baking dish, using foil edges to lift. Cut polenta into 6 rows by 6 rows to make 36 squares. Cut each square diagonally to make 2 triangles; place in jelly roll pan. Bake uncovered about 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  • 4 Cut apple into thin slices. Cut slices into fourths. Dip apple pieces into lemon juice to keep them from discoloring. Top each triangle with 1 apple piece. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup cheese over apple pieces. Bake about 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve warm.
  • Nutrition Information

    NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

    Serving Size: 1 Appetizer
    Calories
    20
    (
    Calories from Fat
    10),
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat
    1g
    1%
    (Saturated Fat
    0g,
    0%
    ),
    Cholesterol
    0mg
    0%;
    Sodium
    40mg
    40%;
    Total Carbohydrate
    2g
    2%
    (Dietary Fiber
    0g
    0%
    ),
    Protein
    1g
    1%
    ;
    % Daily Value*:
    Iron
    0%;
    Exchanges:
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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