Polenta is a versatile Italian ingredient that should be one of your pantry staples. Why? Because it can be used in tons of different applications. Take this recipe for example: the instant polenta makes a crisp and filling stand-in for classic pizza dough. Topped with store-bought marinara, chunks of goat cheese, and a layer of veggies, this pizza is healthful and satisfying. If your family doesn't like zucchini and red peppers, simply substitute other vegetables.
The recipe calls for a cast-iron skillet, but the pizza can be made in any heavy-bottomed, oven-safe pan. Check out the technique after the jump.
2 Tbs. olive oil, divided Makes 1-10 inch pizza.
3/4 cup instant polenta
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup jarred pizza sauce
1 3.5-oz. log goat cheese, thinly sliced
1 zucchini, peeled into thin strips
1 small red bell pepper, cut into rings
2 Tbs. olive oil, divided
Makes 1-10 inch pizza.