Polenta Breakfast PizzaJump to Recipe
I have been toying with the idea of a breakfast pizza for awhile now and when I saw Bittman’s polenta pizza a few weeks ago, I knew that it might just work as a base for some breakfast action.
At first the idea of a polenta pizza didn’t really intrigue me. I like my pizza crispy and thin and simple. It seemed like it would be too thick for me. I was sort of right, but it was still pretty good.
Anytime I see a Bittman recipe online, I always like to cross-check it with “How to Cook Everything.” In the book, he usually provides lots of alternatives and suggestions for changes.
When I cross-checked this recipe, the preparation of his version of polenta pizza in the book was very different from the version he presented on the Today show and online. The online version says to bake the pizza crust for 20 minutes before topping it and the book version doesn’t give that instruction.
Guess which one I chose? Yep. The wrong one.
Pizza for breakfast made with a polenta crust, bacon, eggs, and cheddar cheese.
1) Start polenta by bringing your water and milk to a boil and then whisking in your corn meal. Turn your burner down to low and keep whisking for 10 minutes or so. It will get to be the consistency of thick oatmeal.
2) Season with some salt and pepper and finally stir in your 1/4 Cup olive oil. Pour this out onto a lightly oiled baking pan.
3) After letting it cool slightly (maybe 1-2 minutes), put a sheet of plastic wrap over the top and start pressing it into shape. If you are using eggs, make little divets in the crust to hold the eggs.
4) I recommend baking the crust at this point at 375 for about 20 minutes to get it to firm up a bit. Then add your toppings.
5) Add toppings to pizza!
6) Bake this at 375 for about 15 minutes until the cheese is melted and the eggs are set.
Start by bringing your water and milk to a boil and then whisking in your corn meal. You really do need to whisk it or there will be clumps. Turn your burner down to low and keep whisking for 10 minutes or so. It will get to be the consistency of thick oatmeal.
Hit this with some salt and pepper and finally stir in your 1/4 Cup olive oil. Pour this out onto a lightly oiled baking pan.
The next step is kind of a balancing act. You want to press the polenta into a pizza shaped object, but at first it will be much too hot to work with. However, if you wait too long then it will harden and you won’t be able to work with it at all.
After letting it cool slightly (maybe 1-2 minutes), put a sheet of plastic wrap over the top and start pressing it into shape. If you are using eggs, make little divets in the crust to hold the eggs.
If I were re-doing this, I would bake the crust at this point at 375 for about 20 minutes to get it to firm up a bit. Then add your toppings.
Also, my divets were not quite big enough for eggs. Turns out eggs have a tendency to run all over the place so this step was a bit messy. I just used three eggs because Betsy said she didn’t want eggs on her slice. She got some anyway though.
Then I topped it with a good amount of bacon and cheddar cheese and some chopped sage. In hindsight, the sage was maybe a bad choice. It overpowered the pizza I think. Looked pretty though!
Bake this at 375 for about 15 minutes until the cheese is melted and the eggs are set. Because I didn’t pre-bake the crust, it was still a bit soft. I didn’t want to burn the toppings though so I was stuck with it.
In short, this was pretty much a great big FAIL but it still tasted alright! Things I would do differently if I remade this pizza:
- Not use egg. They were pretty heavy.
- Pre-bake the crust! This step was left out in the book, but it seems pretty essential to me.
- Don’t use overpowering herbs.
- Don’t photograph the darn thing on a matching background.
This is kind of a cool idea and making polenta is easier than making pizza dough from scratch. Too bad there were conflicting versions of this recipe. If you want to try it, learn from my mistakes!
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