Deep-Dish Polenta Pizza

Deep-Dish Polenta Pizza Recipe
Photo: John Kernick

Recipe from

Real Simple

Recipe Time

Prep: 15 Minutes
Other: 30 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 299
Caloriesfromfat 48 %
Fat 16 g
Satfat 0 g
Cholesterol 16 mg
Sodium 1,051 mg
Carbohydrate 27 g
Fiber 4 g
Sugars 1 g
Protein 16 g

Ingredients

1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon olive oil
1 cup polenta or cornmeal
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/3 cup (about 2 ounces) grated Parmesan
1/2 head radicchio, shredded
1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, drained and thinly sliced
4 ounces mozzarella, cut into a 1/2-inch dice

Preparation

Heat oven to 400° F. Coat a 9-inch springform pan, round cake pan, or pie plate with 1 tablespoon of the oil and set aside.

In a medium saucepan, bring 2 1/4 cups water to a boil. Whisking constantly, slowly add the polenta or cornmeal. Reduce heat to low and cook, stirring, until the polenta starts to pull away from the sides of the pan, 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in the salt, 1/4 teaspoon of the pepper, and the Parmesan. Remove from heat.

Spread the polenta over the bottom of the prepared pan, using a spoon to form a raised edge.

In a bowl, combine the radicchio, tomatoes, mozzarella, and the remaining oil and pepper. Spoon the mixture over the polenta. Bake for 30 minutes. Cut into wedges.

Tip: This crisp polenta crust can accommodate almost any pizza topping. Try arugula and prosciutto, sausage and garlic, or caramelized onions and mushrooms.

Sara Quessenberry,

Real Simple

March 2007