Polenta Pizza with Tomatoes and Fresh Herbs

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Polenta Pizza with Tomatoes and Fresh Herbs

Gooey cheese melting into baked polenta—crisp on the outside with a creamy interior—is as satisfying as a pizza but it’s gluten-free. Serve with a green salad for a satisfying meatless Monday meal.

 

Polenta Pizza with Tomatoes and Fresh Herbs

 

For the polenta crust:

1 1/3 cups (7 oz./220 g) gluten-free medium-grind cornmeal

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

1 1/2 Tbs. olive oil, plus more as needed

 

For the topping:

1/2 lb. (250 g) fresh mozzarella cheese, coarsely grated

1 1/3 cups (8 oz./250 g) small cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes, halved

2 Tbs. minced shallot, or 2 garlic cloves, minced

1 1/2 Tbs. olive oil

1 1/2 tsp. balsamic vinegar

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

1/3 cup (1 1/2 oz./45 g) freshly grated Parmesan cheese

1/4 cup (1/3 oz./10 g) sliced fresh basil, or 3 Tbs. chopped fresh marjoram

 

To make the polenta crust, in a microwave-safe bowl, mix 4 cups (32 fl. oz./1 l) water, the cornmeal and 1 3/4 tsp. salt. Place in the microwave and cook at the high setting for 5 minutes. Stir thoroughly, then return to the microwave and cook at the high setting for 5 more minutes. Stir well. Return to the microwave and cook at the high setting until very thick, about 5 minutes longer. Stir again, and then mix in the 1 1/2 Tbs. olive oil and a generous amount of pepper.

 

Brush a large pizza pan generously with olive oil. Spread the cornmeal mixture out on the pan in a circle about 1/3 inch (9 mm) thick and about 12 inches (30 cm) in diameter, building up the edges slightly.

 

Preheat an oven to 375°F (190°C).

 

Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese over the pizza crust on the pizza pan, leaving a border.

 

In a small bowl, mix the tomatoes, shallot, 1 1/2 Tbs. olive oil and the vinegar. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Spoon the tomato mixture over the cheese. Sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese.

 

Bake the pizza until it is beginning to brown in spots, about 20 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes to set up. Sprinkle with the herbs and serve immediately with forks and knives for eating.

 

What We're Reading: Weeknight Gluten Free

 

 

Find more quick, gluten-free dinner recipes in
our book Weeknight Gluten Free, by Kristine Kidd.

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