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Fast & Easy Dinner: Deep-Dish Polenta Pizza

Fast & Easy Dinner: Deep-Dish Polenta Pizza

I was surprised that several of you have never tasted deep-dish pizza, so I found this shortcut recipe to share. Although it's simple enough to make at the end of the week, it's delicious and filling. The traditional heavy tomato sauce is replaced with a mixture of sun-dried tomatoes, radicchio, mozzarella, and Parmesan cheese. If you dislike this combination of toppings, get creative: Italian sausage and garlic, or pancetta and mushrooms would be scrumptious.

To learn the technique,


Deep-Dish Polenta Pizza

Deep-Dish Polenta Pizza

Deep-Dish Polenta Pizza


1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon olive oil
1 cup polenta or cornmeal
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/3 cup (about 2 ounces) grated Parmesan
1/2 head radicchio, shredded
1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, drained and thinly sliced
4 ounces mozzarella, cut into a 1/2-inch dice


  1. Heat oven to 400°F. Coat a 9-inch springform pan, round cake pan, or pie plate with 1 tablespoon of the oil and set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan, bring 2 1/4 cups water to a boil. Whisking constantly, slowly add the polenta or cornmeal.
  3. Reduce heat to low and cook, stirring, until the polenta starts to pull away from the sides of the pan, 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in the salt, 1/4 teaspoon of the pepper, and the Parmesan. Remove from heat.
  4. Spread the polenta over the bottom of the prepared pan, using a spoon to form a raised edge.
  5. In a bowl, combine the radicchio, tomatoes, mozzarella, and the remaining oil and pepper. Spoon the mixture over the polenta.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes. Cut into wedges.

Serves 4-6.

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leahcarter leahcarter 8 years
I made this tonight. On top I did marinated capsicum, chorizo, mushroom and roasted pumpkin. YUM! It did not stick at all with the coating of olive oil on the pan.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
ooooh - i'm a sucker for deep dish pizza...i can't believe that there are a lot of people that have never had it - i grew up going to UNOs and i love it soo much!
gabiushka gabiushka 8 years
Yum what is your technique so the crust doesn't stick to the bottom?
Tami715 Tami715 8 years
I had to look up what "polenta" was, but this looks delicious!
lisabarn lisabarn 8 years
I used to make a flat polenta pizza in a tart pan with a removable bottom - but never thought of a deep dish pizza, going to have to try this one!
musicmixer musicmixer 8 years
I'm so into polenta these days, I can't wait to try this!
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