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Cherry Tomato Polenta Tartlets with Basil Mayonaise

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These no-bake bites can be made two hours ahead and are designed to taste best at room temperature, making them perfect for parties.


Cherry Tomato Polenta Tartlets with Basil Mayonaise
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Recipe type: Starter
Cuisine: Fusion
Serves: 12 tartlets
  • 1 cup mayo
  • ¾ cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes (small, quartered)
  • 1 garlic clove (minced)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 21/2 cups water
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ½ cup polenta (coarse cornmeal)
  • ⅓ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  1. For basil mayonnaise:
    Combine mayonnaise, basil, and lemon juice in processor. Blend until smooth (some basil bits will remain). Season mayonnaise with salt and pepper. Transfer to small bowl, cover, and refrigerate. (Can be made 2 days ahead. Keep refrigerated.)
  2. For tartlets:
    Mix tomatoes, garlic, and oil in medium bowl; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Let stand 15 minutes. Arrange 4 tomato quarters in bottom of each prepared muffin cup.
  3. Bring 2½ cups water and salt to boil in heavy large saucepan over medium-high heat. Gradually whisk in polenta. Reduce heat to medium and cook until polenta thickens, whisking almost constantly, about 10 minutes. Reduce heat to low and continue to cook until polenta is tender, whisking often, about 15 minutes longer. Whisk in cheese and butter. Season polenta to taste with pepper.
  4. Spoon enough polenta into muffin cups to cover tomatoes and fill cups. Using wet fingertips, press polenta firmly to compact. Cover pans with waxed paper; let stand until polenta is firmly set, at least 30 minutes and up to 2 hours.
  5. Cut around each tartlet to loosen. Turn over muffin pans, releasing tartlets. Arrange, tomato side up, on platter. Top each with dollop of basil mayonnaise. Serve, passing remaining mayonnaise.



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