Thursday, December 15, 2022

Italian Grilled Polenta Bites with Smoked Salmon Mousse

Irresistible grilled polenta bites, topped with a creamy and rich smoked salmon mousse. 
Easy, elegant and delicious appetizer recipe for your holiday party!

This post is written in collaboration with Arte Italica. All opinions are mine alone.

Here is an easy and quick recipe for a fancy-looking appetizer that I'm sure will be a big hit at your next holiday party.

This bite-size appetizer is made with a slice of grilled polenta -soft on the inside and lightly crispy on the outside - cut into circles (or squares if you prefer), and topped with a rich and creamy smoked salmon mousse - made with cream cheese and a touch of lemon juice.
Delicate and flavorful, all at the same time.

This recipe is fancy and festive. It's quick, easy and so versatile. If you are not a fan of smoked salmon, you can really go crazy with the topping to the grilled polenta. 

Think: prosciutto & burrata, creme fraiche & salad shrimp, soppressata & sauteed mushrooms, lentils & sausage  ...your imagination is the only limit!

Now let's talk polenta for a minute. I used instant polenta flour which only takes about 5 minutes to cook. But you can also use regular polenta flour. It will take about 30 to 40 minutes to cook but it's well worth it!

No matter which flour you use, remember to give it time to cool down completely before grilling. I poured it into a baking pan lined with parchment paper when still hot. Spread out to make it as flat as you can. And let it sit at room temperature until it's cold and set. And you can easily cut into pieces without them breaking. 

I used a 2.5-inch round cookie cutter to cut mine. But you can cut in any shape you like. The easiest would be to cut with a knife into squares. So you avoid any leftover polenta scrap pieces. 
But, today I was feeling fancy... so I cut into circles for a pretty presentation.

I made my appetizer fancy-looking to match my NEW sumptuous and elegant set of plates that I
 received from Arte Italica. 
A simply stunning gift, handmade in Italy. Just take a look!!

This set of beautiful and luxurious plates is part of Arte Italica Tuscan Collection. This dinnerware combines white ceramic with its signature pewter trim. This amazing dinnerware translates seamlessly from traditional to contemporary, classic to formal. It's handcrafted in Italy of the highest quality materials. 
Make sure to check out Arte Italica to discover all their amazing collections and beautiful products.

PRINTABLE RECIPE CARD: Grilled Polenta Appetizer with Smoked Salmon Mousse

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