Rustic Polenta Pizza

Rustic Polenta Pizza isn’t your traditional pizza. It’s a unique twist that offers new flavors and textures by a crust out of the polenta itself!


Let’s play a word association game. If I say Italian, what’s the first thing that comes to your mind? I think of rustic polenta pizza with herbs.

I have a confession to make… I love polenta. It’s definitely one of my top five comfort foods. I’m not even picky about how it’s prepared. I love it “mushy”; I love it sliced; I love it on the bbq; I love the texture cornmeal provides in cookies and cakes; I love cornmeal bread; I just love polenta.

You can try topping this polenta pizza with cheese, tomato sauce, swiss chard, caramelized onions, roasted red peppers – anything you would top a regular pizza with, really! This basic recipe has endless possiblities.

Rustic Polenta Pizza
Recipe Type: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 6 servings
  • 8 cups water
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1½ cup coarse cornmeal
  • 1½ cup fine cornmeal
  • more olive oil for drizzling
  • variety of fresh or dry herbs and spices (rosemary, thyme, chives, pepper,chili powder, etc...)
  1. Preheat oven to 400° F. Position rack in the center.
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine both kinds of cornmeal. Set aside.
  4. Bring water to boil in a large pot.
  5. Add salt and olive oil.
  6. Reduce heat to low.
  7. Whisk in the polenta and stir for about 5-7 minutes or until thickened.(The water should be all absorbed).
  8. Spread on lined baking sheet to desired thickness.
  9. Drizzle with olive oil and top with your favourite herbs.
  10. Bake at 400° F for approximately 30 minutes.
  11. Lower heat to 375° F and continue to bake for another 20-30 minutes.
  12. Let cool and cut into pieces.

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