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Polenta Pizzarina Recipe

Posted by Lock On August - 3 - 2015


Polenta
is a traditional Italian porridge made from maize meal, often with cheese added. Sometimes it may be further cooked by implementing a baking or frying process.

Polenta is mostly made from ground cornmeal. Sometimes it is prepared as a porridge, or a shaped pudding or as baked slices. In many cases this depends upon the texture of the cornmeal, its ingredients, the amount of water used in cooking and the preparation of the particular dish.

Polenta made of cornmeal ground the Italian way is quite inviting. Today, we’ll try our hand at using polenta as a base for a delicious pizza.

I’m sure you’ll enjoy this one.

 

Ingredients:

* 2 quarts water
* 2 cups polenta *
* 16 ounces soy mozzarella cheese *
* 1/2 teaspoon dried chili pepper flakes
* 1/2 cup vegetarian pizza sauce
* 2 large, not-quite-ripe tomatoes, rinsed
* 1 large green pepper, rinsed and de-seeded
* 12 ounces box mushrooms, wiped clean
* 1 tablespoon Italian or pizza seasoning
* non-fat cooking spray

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F. Put water in a large pot or Dutch oven and bring to a boil over high heat. Meanwhile grate the soy cheese and set aside. When water is boiling, slowly pour in the polenta while stirring at the same time. Reduce heat to medium-low and continue stirring the polenta every few minutes to avoid lumps and prevent scorching. You may want to partially cover the pot with a lid as the polenta tends to start spitting as it thickens.

It should take about 20 minutes for the polenta to become as thick as porridge. In the meantime, finely chop the green pepper and slice the mushrooms and tomatoes. Heat some non-fat cooking spray in a frying pan, add peppers and mushrooms and sauté a few minutes over medium heat until the juices have been released. Drain off excess juice.

When the polenta has thickened, turn off heat and stir in half of the grated soy mozzarella and all of the dried pepper flakes. Transfer the polenta to a 10″ by 15″ rectangular glass or stainless steel oven pan and spread out evenly. Let cool for 15 minutes while you take a break. When the polenta has sufficiently cooled, spread the pizza sauce evenly over the top, followed by the tomato slices, green peppers and mushrooms. Sprinkle remainder of the soy mozzarella on top of the vegetables, followed by the Italian seasoning. Place dish in oven on lower rack and bake 15-20 minutes until heated through and cheese has melted.

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