Healthy Polenta Deep Dish Pizza

Ready for this?

Healthy. Deep. Dish. Pizza.

Is that even possible?

I tweaked this recipe from The Front Burner Blog.

And it was amazing.

I kind of improvised this as I went along. I started by slicing zucchini and the eggplant I bought Saturday at the farmers’ market.

Eggplant and Zucchini

Thin sliced

Lay on baking sheet- bake for 15 minutes at 400

golden delicious!

For the sauce, which I decided to make 1/2 way through the baking of the eggplant and zucchini, I made use of the almost too ripe cherry tomatoes we had in the house. I put them in a pot with some sliced yellow onion, salt, pepper, a tiny bit of olive oil, some fresh picked basil, agave to sweeten, spinach, and tomato paste. Simmer and let it reduce and thicken.

Make sauce with cherry tomatoes

Polenta

Polenta is just about the easiest thing to make. Boil water. Add cornmeal. Whisk for about 30 seconds until it comes together and starts pulling away from the pan. This goes fast! Add salt. Spread into a spring-form pan (the pan you use for cheesecake).

Spring Form Pan

Polenta=pizza crust

I also added some parmesan on top of this crust, for an extra layer of flavor.

Build it up

I first spread the sauce around the crust leaving an edge. Then I placed some eggplant, and finished it up with zucchini swirls.

Pretty

Finally I topped it off with some mozzarella cheese. Not much though, not nearly as much as a regular deep dish pizza.

Just enough cheese to cover it up!

Because what’s a pizza without cheese!?

Bake!

Slice and enjoy 🙂

I ate my slice with giardinara and ricotta cheese. It’s best if you let this cool before you eat it, like anything else…even though it’s so tempting when it comes out of the oven all bubbly!

My mom and dad approved- we finished the whole thing! It’s definitely one of my best blog recipes to date. Go. Make. This.!!!!

Ok here’s a formal recipe:

Polenta Crust:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup yellow corn meal
  • 2 1/4 cups water

Directions: Bring water to a boil in a small pot. Kill the flame. (If you’re using an electric stove you may want to switch burners). Add corn meal slowly, whisking all the while. Whisk until the polenta begins to pull away from the pan. Salt it to taste.

Spray a spring form pan and also spray your spatula. Press the polenta into the bottom of the spring form pan (or other pan if you don’t have one) using your spatula, or your hands. Make it as even as possible.

Spinach, Basil, and Cherry Tomato Pizza Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1 container cherry tomatoes (about 1 cup)
  • 2 Tbs tomato paste
  • 1/2 yellow onion, sliced thin
  • 1 big handful spinach
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbs agave nectar
  • about 5 basil leaves
  • salt, pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp olive oil

Directions: In large sauce pan add olive oil, cherry tomatoes, onions, garlic, salt, and pepper. Cook until vegetables begin to break down. Add tomato paste. Smash the cherry tomatoes with your spatula against side of pan.  (This is really fun!) Add spinach, basil, and agave. Let this simmer for about 10 minutes, reducing and thickening into a nice sauce.

Baked zucchini and eggplant

Ingredients:

  • 1 eggplant sliced thin
  • 2 zucchinis sliced thin
  • Olive oil
  • Salt, Pepper

Directions: Drizzle some olive oil on a baking sheet. Lay zucchini and eggplant down. Salt, pepper, and drizzle olive oil over the top. Bake at 400 for about 15 minutes.

Healthy Polenta Deep Dish Pizza

Ingredients:

  • Polenta crust
  • Spinach, basil, and cherry tomato pizza sauce.
  • Baked zucchini, eggplant, or any toppings you like!
  • Mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses.

Directions: Sprinkle parmesan cheese over the polenta crust. This is optional but highly recommended. Spread pizza sauce around crust, leaving space at the edge. Layer the sauce with your choice of vegetables- in this case eggplant then zucchini (for aesthetic value—zucchini is prettier!). Top with mozzarella cheese. Bake at 400 for about a half hour, until top is browned and crust is crunchy!

Top with more parmesan, giardinara, ricotta, or anything else you like!

🙂

ENJOY without the guilt of a regular deep dish pizza!

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2 Responses to Healthy Polenta Deep Dish Pizza

  1. Nimisha Shah says:

    Hey Jamie!! Neal found your blog and told me about it, I LOVE IT! Everything you make looks so delicious and it’s the perfect break at work. I miss you, we should plan to hang out especially since it seems like you come to the city a lot!

  2. jamela224 says:

    Hi! Thanks 🙂 yes let’s hang out soon!!

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