Vegan polenta pizza bites are gluten free, dairy free, and soy free. The perfect appetizer for your next vegan party or a simple way to make a gluten-free vegan pizza.
The first time I had baked polenta bites as at my own wedding. The caterer made them as one of the hors d’oeuvres. The day was a blur and I was too nervous to eat much, but I still remember the taste of those amazing polenta bites!
Will my kids like polenta?
Kid-sized and topped with all their favorites like pizza sauce, pesto, vegan cheese, and olives, kids love these vegan polenta bites! They have fun helping to add their choice of toppings and they’re a hit with kids, and adults, who have to avoid gluten and don’t like gluten-free pizza crust.
What type of vegan polenta do you use?
You can make your own polenta from scratch, but let’s be realistic, that won’t happen. I buy the tubes of pre-made polenta. You can find it in almost any grocery store for around $3.00. It is usually in the refrigerated section by the tofu or in the dairy case. Some stores like Trader Joe’s carry a non-refrigerated type that you can find near the pasta.
How do I make polenta so that it’s not mushy?
Polenta can have a mushy texture, especially if baked in a casserole or if toppings are put on it before it has time to get crispy. The key to making these polenta bites delicious is baking them first before adding any toppings.
How to make perfect polenta bites:
- Pre-heat the oven to 375° F.
- Open the polenta and cut it in slices about 1 cm thick. Make sure to cut them all the same thickness or they will not cook evenly.
- Put olive oil on a cookie sheet and spread the polenta circles out so none are overlapping. (Use a non-stick cookie sheet if you have one).
- Bake them for 20 minutes on each side before adding the topping. (This makes them crispy not mushy).
- Add pizza sauce and toppings of choice like vegan cheese, tomatoes, pine nuts, olives, or pesto.
- Then bake them again for 10-15 minutes or so to cook the toppings.
Note: If you are adding vegan cheese, you may want to set your oven to broil for the last minute or 2 of baking if the cheese has not yet melted.
Top them however you want!
Just like there are 100 ways to make pizza, there are 100 ways to make these vegan polenta pizza bites. The kids like pizza sauce and cheese, my husband and I love sliced tomatoes and my vegan pesto. They are also great with bruschetta, olives, pine-nuts or fresh basil! Use your favorite brand of vegan shredded cheese, sprinkle with nutritional yeast or just leave it off. I like to use my homemade vegan mozzarella!
Do you like vegan sausage pizza? Try adding these vegan sausage crumbles to make the perfect sausage pizza!
Can I make these vegan polenta bites ahead of time?
Yes! You can make these pizza bites ahead of time. Store them in a covered container in the fridge and then simply reheat on a cookie tray in the oven at 350° for about 10 minutes.
They make the perfect appetizer for your next vegan party. Since they are free of all major allergens, everyone can enjoy them! They also work great cold in school lunches!
Want a quick and easy vegan pesto recipe? Try my vegan pesto recipe! Make it anytime you have extra basil and freeze it so it’s ready to add to any of your vegan dishes!
Did you make these baked polenta pizza bites? Leave a comment and let me know how it went.
A quick and easy way to make a gluten-free vegan pizza. Bite-sized vegan appetizers for your next party!
- 1 tube pre-made polenta
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 cup pizza sauce or 3 Roma tomatoes sliced
- 1 cup vegan shredded cheese
- any other pizza toppings of choice
Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
Remove plastic from the polenta.
Cut polenta in 1 cm. thick rounds.
Spread olive oil on the bottom of a cookie sheet and spread the polenta circles evenly.
Bake for 20 minutes then flip each circle with a spatula and bake for 20 more minutes.
Take out of the oven and add toppings of choice.
Bake for 10 more minutes. (After 8 minutes, check to see if the cheese has melted. If not, set oven to broil for 2 minutes).
- Store them in a covered container in the fridge.
- If you want to make them ahead of time for a party, simply reheat on a cookie tray in the oven at 350° (190°C) about 10 minutes.
- They also work great cold in school lunches!
- If using my homemade vegan mozzarella, make sure to make the version that melts!