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This Polenta-Crust Skillet Pizza Is Your Gluten-Free BFF

When you want a crust that's actually crust-y, call polenta.

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There are many ways to make a gluten-free pizza crust – and we’ve probably tried them all. Cauliflower is our most popular healthy alternative by far. But when you want something that’s a tad more convincingly crust-like in taste, polenta is your guy.

Here, we bake this polenta-based skillet pizza in cast-iron, which delivers that coveted crispy quality. It’s got the kind of sturdiness that might even tempt you to put down the knife and fork, pick up a slice in your hands, and truly live.

If you’re not a frequent polenta-buyer, you’ll want to be sure to pay attention to the type you buy. We call here for instant polenta, which you’ll likely find where your supermarket stocks baking supplies and flours, not pasta. If you can’t find instant, traditional polenta will work. Just know that you’ll just need to allot a bit more time for the process. That squishy tube of pre-prepped polenta that lives next to the pasta can work here (just skip the polenta prep step and press it into your skillet) but you may not be able to achieve as crispy of a base.

On top, we put classic red tomato sauce, ribbons of zucchini, rings of bell pepper and a crumble of goat cheese. If you eschew dairy, you can make a great substitute from cashews or purchase the vegan cheese of your choice. Vromage offers a great goat cheese sub, or Kite Hill’s vegan ricotta will work, though with a bit less of the distinctive tang.

From Vegetarian Times


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Gluten-Free Polenta Crust Skillet Pizza with Goat Cheese and Summer Vegetables

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 3/4 cup instant polenta
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 recipe Quick Pizza Sauce or 1 cup store-bought pizza sauce
  • 1 3.5oz log goat cheese, thinly sliced
  • 1 zucchini, peeled into thin strips
  • 1 small red bell pepper, cut into rings

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Brush bottom and sides of 10-inch cast-iron skillet with 1 tbsp oil.

2. Combine polenta, salt and 3 cups water in saucepan. Bring to a boil, whisking constantly. Cook for 5 minutes, or until polenta is thick. Spread polenta in prepared skillet, set in oven and bake 20 to 25 minutes, or until polenta begins to brown on the sides.

3. Remove skillet from oven and spread sauce over the polenta base. Top with half of goat cheese slices. Spread zucchini strips over goat cheese, top with bell pepper rings and then remaining goat cheese. Drizzle with remaining oil. Return to oven, and bake 10 to 15 minutes more, or until cheese is melted and bubbly. Let cool for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories 167
  • Carbohydrate Content 18 g
  • Cholesterol Content 7 mg
  • Fat Content 9 g
  • Fiber Content 3 g
  • Protein Content 6 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 3 g
  • Sodium Content 351 mg
  • Sugar Content 5 g