The Polenta Pizza

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This is made at home is faster than making normal dough and is what all the cool kids are doing these days. Here is how it’s done!


1 cup coarse polenta
2 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large bunch Swiss or rainbow chard, chopped
1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
1 Serrano pepper, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
6 ounces mozzarella cheese, grated
2-3 ounces Asiago cheese, crumbled
Salt and pepper
Extra olive oil for drizzling


1) I like to start this recipe by lining a baking sheet with parchment paper and then drizzling it lightly with olive oil. The parchment paper isn’t essential, but if you don’t use it, make sure to oil your sheet well.

2) Bring water and milk to a slight simmer over medium heat with the salt. Whisk in the polenta and continue to stir until thick. Turn heat down to low and cook for 10-15 minutes until polenta is very thick.

3) Stir 1 tablespoon of olive oil into polenta.

4) Spread polenta out onto prepared baking sheet and spread it over the surface of the pan. It should be 1/3-1/2 inch thick ideally. You don’t want it too thin. It probably won’t make it all the way to the edges of the sheet and that’s fine.

5) Let polenta chill for at least 45 minutes.

6) Meanwhile, in a large skillet, add a drizzle of oil and onions. Cook for a few minutes over medium heat until soft. Then add pepper, garlic, and season with salt and pepper.

7) Roughly chop chard and rinse well, then add to skillet. Cook until chard is wilted, about five minutes. STir regularly to prevent burning of the garlic. Once the chard is wilted down, remove from heat.

8) Remove polenta from fridge and preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake polenta with nothing on it for 20 minutes to crisp it up.

9) Remove polenta, drizzle with olive oil and distribute mozz cheese evenly over the surface.

10) Then add on your chard and crumbled asiago (or manchego) cheese.

11) Add pizza back to the oven and bake for another 10 minutes. The edges should be lightly browned and crispy and cheese should be melted.

12) Slice and serve immediately! You probably won’t be able to actually pick up a slice. It’s a fork-style pizza.