Polenta Crust Veggie Pizza
1 c. yellow cornmeal
1 c. water
2 1/2 c. milk
1/2 tsp. garlic salt
1/2 c. pizza sauce
1 small eggplant
1 small zucchini
1 small yellow squash
olive oil for cooking veggies
1/2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
sprinkle of blue cheese crumbles
Start by preparing your veggies. Slice zucchini and squash into thin disks. Now for the eggplant. There are many ways to prepare eggplant but most people will agree you need to draw out the extra water, which also removes some of the bitterness of the plant. I sprinkled each slice with salt and placed between layers of paper towel with a heavy baking sheet on top. I left it sit like this until my crust was in the oven.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In medium saucepan, combine cornmeal and water. Whisk until well blended. Add milk and garlic salt. Mix well and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly (be sure you reach the bottom of the pan or mixture will start to stick). Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and cook for 10 minutes or until mixture is very think, stirring frequently.
Side note: I like that my pots have clear lids so I can see what's going on in there!
Looks kinda like scrambled eggs when it's done.
Remove polenta from heat and use a rubber spatula to quickly spread onto a baking sheet lined with a silpat. I tried to make mine as thin as possible since I knew it would be filling and that I still had to add toppings.
Bake for 10-15 minutes until polenta is set. It will still be "soft" compared to regular pizza crust but it will be solid enough to cut through.
In the meantime, cook your veggies. Heat 1 tbsp. of olive oil in a pan and add your slices of eggplant. Cook for about 5 minutes on each side until eggplant softens. Remove eggplant to more layers of paper towel to draw out excess olive oil. Add more olive oil to your pan and cook up the zucchini and squash until soft.
Spread 1/2 c. pizza sauce over your polenta crust and top with veggies and cheeses.
I tried this sauce from Local Folks Foods. It has a great zesty flavor!
Bake for another 5 minutes, or until cheese melts. Remove from oven and let set for about 5-10 before digging in.