Baked Artichoke and Kelp Spread on Polenta Rounds

 

A touch of the ocean is added to this tasty vegetarian/gluten-free appetizer.

 

⏲️  Prep Time: 5 minutes Cooking Time: 45 minutes  Makes: 20  

 

Ingredients

1 (18 oz.) polenta log

3 cloves garlic, minced

5 Tbsp. olive oil

1 (14 oz.) can quartered artichoke hearts, packed in water (NOT marinated)

¼-cup fresh lemon juice

4 Tbsp. freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

2 Tbsp. Ocean's Balance Kelp Purée

2 tsp. ground black pepper

Directions

Step 1

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Cut polenta log into 20 slices.  Line cookie sheet with parchment paper. Arrange polenta slices on parchment paper. 

Step 2

In a sauce pan, cook olive oil on medium high temperature for approximately 3 minutes.  Add artichokes and brine, bring to a boil, cover and cook for 15 minute until artichokes are quite soft and most of the liquid has been cooked off.   

Step 3

Add lemon juice, cheese, Kelp Purée and pepper; stir until well combined and cheese has melted.  Remove from heat. 

Step 4

Using an immersion blender, blend ingredients until a thick, smooth paste is obtained.  Check for seasoning and adjust to taste.

Step 5 

Spoon paste onto polenta rounds.  Lightly sprinkle with grated cheese.  Bake for approximately 20 minutes, until topping and edges are brown.  Remove from tray immediately and let cool 5 minutes on wire rack.  Serve while still warm. 

 

Pairs with:  Champagne!! 🍾