Here is a fun, healthy recipe that your kids will love to prepare, and of course eat, with you. Wheat, gluten and dairy free, these polenta shapes are also very affordable and you can use any kid-friendly toppings you have at hand. Using a cookie cutter to make fun shapes, this finger food recipe is a great snack for kids, and an ideal and delicious appetizer for adults with restricted diets.
Basically cornmeal made into porridge, polenta is a great, quick and easy to make yellow comfort food. Commonly eaten since Roman times, it has Italian origins and can be eaten boiled, baked, grilled or fried. Click through the images to unveil how easy and fun it is to turn a classic Italian ingredient into a vegan treat for adults and kids alike.
1. Gather the ingredients
- polenta (a cup per person)
- half pepper
- a few mushrooms
- a few olives
- a bunch of sage
Two-kind tomato salsa
- a cup of multicolored cherry tomatoes
- 4 sundried tomatoes
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 onion
- a bunch of basil
- 2 spoons of extra virgin olive oil
- a pinch of marine salt and pepper
2. Re-hydrate the sundried tomatoes
Re-hydrate the sundried tomatoes in hot water for at least 30 minutes or until soft. Leave aside for using in the salsa.
3. Make the polenta
Use the proportion 1 cup of polenta (per person) to 3 cups of water. Boil the water in a pan and sprinkle in the polenta stirring constantly over moderate heat for about 5 minutes, until thick and smooth.
4. Place polenta in a tray
Remove polenta from the heat and spread in a tray. Don’t make it too high or too low, just about the height of the shapes on your cookie cutters. Place in the fridge for half an hour until it settles.
5. Cut the shapes
Take the polenta tray out of the fridge and cut the shapes with a cookie cutter. Leave aside.
6. Make the 2-tomato salsa
Chop the re-hydrated sundried tomatoes, the multicolored cherry tomatoes, half onion, basil and garlic. Place in a bowl and mix with olive oil, salt and pepper.
Cut the mushrooms and the other half of the onion and sauté in a pan with a bit of oil.
8. Quickly grill and decorate
Brush with oil and quickly grill the polenta shapes until golden. Take out and decorate with as many colors and flavors you can. Enjoy!
Photos by Ana Lisa Alperovich for Inhabitots