Polenta BLT Appetizers

These Polenta BLT Appetizers will be a hit at your next party! With help from the store these appetizers are on the party table in no time!



Bite-sized BLT appetizers on fried polenta. Yep, that’s a tasty appetizer if I do say so myself.

Store bought polenta helps make these apps totally easy to put together. But you could make your own polenta if you want to…and if you do make your own you can add in your own twists like cheese or spicy seasonings. Up to you.

Also you can cut the polenta out in any shape you want to if you make your own. Any type of cookie cutters you have would work, or just in different shapes with a knife.

And I used pancetta instead of bacon here – but you could obviously use bacon if that’s what you have…




To make these just cut your polenta into whatever bite-sized shape you want to and then get them into some butter in a skillet. A couple of minutes on each side should get them crispy and brown.




In the same pan cook up your pancetta or bacon until it’s crispy and then get ready to make your apps!

Grab some cherry tomatoes, lettuce, the fried polenta and the pancetta. The fried polenta is the base, then top with a piece of lettuce followed by the pancetta and topped of with a tomato.

Stick a toothpick through the center and repeat. It’s a one bite BLT that’s perfect for your next party!





Polenta BLT Appetizers

  • Author: Dan

Bite sized BLT appetizers on fried polenta.



  • 1 (18 oz.) tube of polenta or 1 recipe of homemade polenta, cooked and cooled
  • 4 oz. pancetta
  • boston bib lettuce, friseé or any type of leafy lettuce
  • 2 pints of cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 2 T. butter


  1. Heat the butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add in the sliced polenta and fry for 3 minutes on each side until golden brown.
  3. Remove to a paper towel lined plate to cool.
  4. To the same skillet add the pancetta and cook on both sides until crispy.
  5. Remove to a paper towel lined plate to cool.
  6. Assemble with the polenta on the bottom, a piece of lettuce next, then the pancetta and a tomato on top.
  7. Secure with a toothpick and serve.


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