Sounds crazy, doesn’t it? Polenta is a great alternative to pizza dough. It’s healthier, it’s gluten-free, and guess what? It is pretty tasty!
First things first. When purchasing polenta, please make sure it’s organic, non-gmo polenta. Polenta is made from corn, and the thing with corn is that non organic corn is genetically modified containing high levels of chlorides, formaldehyde and glyphosate, which drains important nutrients from the lab-made seeds. Staggering, huh? This goes for anything containing corn. Any box or package containing the word corn in their ingredient list, make sure it’s organic.
Ok back to the pizza…
As easy as this recipe is, you do have to make the crust ahead of time.
For the crust
You can use ready made polenta or in grain form. I used ready made. If you don’t use ready made just follow the instructions on the package then add the ingredients I will mention next.
If using ready made, open the plastic wrap and place the polenta in a sauce pan on medium high heat. Break it up as much as possible with a wooden fork or spoon.
Add low sodium chicken stock until it all blends together and polenta gets creamy. Add dried oregano and salt and pepper to taste.
Pour polenta mix in a round baking pan or even pie dish, which is what I used because its the only round thing I have right now. Spread evenly and bake for about 30 minutes on 375°F.
Remove from oven and let cool. At this point you can store in the fridge for up to two days until ready to use, or use right after it has cooled.
Making the pizza
This is the easy part.
Heat oven to 375°F. Top with any toppings you like. I used what I had available which was canned peeled tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and dried oregano (I wanted to use fresh basil but my basil plant is not ready yet).
Take the canned peeled tomatoes and cut off the hard end and with fingers spread them out and place on crust. Top with thin rounds of fresh mozzarella and then with the oregano. Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes or until polenta crust is heated and mozarrella is melted. Ta Da!! Super simple.