I love entertaining all year round, but summer parties are probably my favorite. I love dining outside and summer parties always seem more relaxed. One of my go to summer appetizers are these Grilled Polenta Rounds with Black Bean and Avocado Salsa. They are easy to make and a great start to any meal.
This appetizer is super easy because I use store bought polenta. You know, the stuff in the tube. I know it doesn’t look appetizing, but I promise it is good. Especially when you grill it and add black bean and avocado salsa!
Yield: Serves 4-6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
This simple and healthy appetizer is always a hit at parties!
For the Salsa:
1 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 ear sweet corn, kernels removed from cob
2 avocados, pit and skin removed, diced
2 tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1/4 cup diced red onion
1 small jalapeño, seeds removed and minced
1/3 cup chopped cilantro
Juice of 1 large lime
Salt and pepper, to taste
For the Polenta Rounds:
1 (16-ounce) tube prepared polenta
Olive oil, for brushing polenta
1. To make the salsa, combine black beans, avocado, corn, tomatoes, red onion, jalapeño, cilantro, and lime juice in a medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Set aside.
2. Preheat grill to medium high heat. Slice prepared polenta into rounds and lightly brush both sides with olive oil. Place polenta rounds on the hot grill and cook for 2-3 minutes or until rounds have grill marks. Flip and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes. Remove grill.
3. Top polenta rounds with salsa and serve immediately.
Note-the polenta rounds are good served warm or at room temperature. You can pick them up and eat them with your hands, but it gets a little messy. We usually use a plate and fork!
As posted in Two Peas and Their Pod