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Oil Free Polenta Pizza Crust [V+GF]

Polenta-pizza

Pizza is one of those foods that I could eat every day and never tire of. With tons of crust and topping combinations, there’s always a unique way to enjoy pizza. This oil free polenta pizza crust is naturally gluten free and a fantastic, delicious option for anyone avoiding gluten. Or just anyone craving pizza! Polenta pizza is easy to make, and super flavourful. Just top it off with all your favourites and enjoy!

pizza with peppers, mushrooms, onions on cutting board

How to prepare your polenta pizza crust?

Before you begin, line your 12″ round pizza tray with parchment paper. You want your tray ready so you can transfer the dough once ready.

Now add all the crust ingredients EXCEPT the corn meal to a sauce pot and bring to a low boil over medium heat. You do not want a rolling boil. Make sure you’ve got your whisk in hand and then pour the corn meal into the boiling broth and whisk continuously. The corn meal will very quickly begin to absorb all the broth and thicken. The process will take less than one minute, so be prepared to work quickly. When the broth is completely evaporated and you have a thick mixture, remove from the heat immediately and scoop the mixture onto the center of your pizza tray. It will resemble a ball of dough.

The batter will be hot, so start by using a spatula to flatten it out as much as you can. Then you will use your hands to further stretch and thin the dough. IMPORTANT: Use damp hands to stretch the dough. Work near your sink so you can keep wetting your hands while stretching the dough to the edges of the pan. Using wet hands will prevent the dough from sticking to your fingers and making tears or holes. If you do happen to make any holes, just wet your fingers again and press the area around it to seal any gaps in the dough. Try and spread the dough as evenly as possible for a nice consistent texture.

ball of dough being stretched into pizza crust

Once you’re satisfied with your dough, refrigerate for 30 minutes (or longer) to help it set. During this time, you may prepare your toppings. Always precook your veggies to prevent a soggy pizza dough later. My go to toppings are usually sautéed onions, peppers and mushrooms. Plus whatever I need to use up in my fridge. 🙂

How to bake your polenta pizza crust?

When ready to bake, preheat your oven and bake the crust for 20 minutes. Then carefully flip the dough over, using the parchment paper to help. You no longer need the parchment paper once the dough is flipped, so use it to help flip the crust and then you may discard. Bake for 10 more minutes. Then remove from the oven and top as desired. Finally, and this is optional, broil the pizza with its toppings for about 1 minute or so to brown your veggies.

Don’t forget to get creative! I’d love to hear what topping combinations you come up with. If you’re looking for something different, try a Mexican inspired pizza.

pizza with corn, cilantro, red onion and sliced peppers

Here I use sautéed red and yellow peppers, diced tomato, corn and cilantro. If you take this route, don’t cook the cilantro, just add it over top as a garnish at the end of cooking. Take this Mexican pizza to the next level by making some easy, delicious guacamole for dipping the crusts! Are you drooling yet? 🙂

pizza with one triangle slice cut out

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Polenta-pizza

Oil Free Polenta Pizza Crust

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: gluten free, nut free, oil free, sugar free, vegan
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Refrigeration Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 3 Servings (Makes 1 12" Pizza)
Oil free polenta pizza crust is a great option for a healthier pizza that's naturally gluten free and absolutely delicious!
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Ingredients

Optional Toppings

Instructions

  • Line a 12" round pizza tray with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a medium sauce pan, add the stock and seasonings and bring to a low boil over medium/high heat.
  • Once boiling, add the corn meal and whisk continuously until a thick consistency forms. *This will happen quick, about 1 minute, so make sure you're ready, before pouring in the corn meal.*
  • Place your dough in the center of your prepared pizza tray and stretch the dough to the edges of your tray as evenly as possible. The dough will be hot so start by using a silicone spatula and then use wet hands. *(See notes)*
  • Place the tray in your fridge for at least 30 minutes to help the dough set. Meanwhile, you may prepare your desired toppings. *(See notes)*
  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F and bake the crust for 20 minutes. Then, very carefully, flip the crust (use the parchment paper to help flip the dough and discard the paper) and bake for an additional 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and add desired toppings.
  • Switch to broil and return to the oven for 1 minute to brown your toppings, if desired. Watch closely to avoid burning!

Notes

Work near your sink and keep wetting your hands to stretch the dough. Not only will this help with the heat, but it will make stretching the dough easier. If you tear the dough or make any holes, again wet your hands and press around the area to seal it.
You may top your pizza with any toppings you'd like. Just ensure to precook your veggies to release the water and lighten the load, so that your crust won't get soggy.
Nutritional information is for one third of the pizza crust and does not include optional toppings.
 
Calories: 218kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 90mg | Potassium: 183mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 2g | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 2.3mg
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*Nutritional information is an estimate, calculated using online tools.

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2 Comments

  1. Jessica

    Maybe I’ve been living under a rock, but I’ve never heard of a polenta pizza crust. I think my family will love this. It looks so crispy, which we all love. I’ll be making this soon. Thank you!!!

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