Baked Polenta Caprese

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Caprese salads are one of my most favorite things. I also love to put a good twist on them, like turning it into a puff pastry! This time, though I wanted to throw in some protein and polenta, cause why not?

You will need:

  • Tomato
  • Mozzarella
  • Fresh Basil
  • Olive oil
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Polenta (pre-cooked)
  • Meat of your choice, I had left over carne asada

I am usually not thinking far enough in advance to cook polenta, the craving comes to me and I don't want to wait 45 minutes. So I use pre-cooked polenta. It comes in a nice little cylinder that I can cut into slices.

Preheat oven to 350, slice the polenta into 1/4 to 1/2 inch slices, place on a baking sheet.

Place Polenta on sheet

Bake the polenta for about 10-15 minutes, until warm and a little crispy.

While that is cooking, slice up the tomato and the mozzarella, slice and warm up the meat.

Slice tomato and mozzarella

Remove the polenta slices from the oven and transfer to a plate on top of the tomato slices. Then top with the mozzarella, meat and a few basil leaves. Drizzle a mixture of olive oil and balsamic vinegar over it. Serve on a plate and enjoy!

Plate and drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar