Almost a pizza…but not: un-pizza week day 5

27 Jan


Thank you to all who followed along on un-pizza week! There will be more theme weeks in the future, including a waffle week and the second year of pumpkin-week-in-spring. In spring.

Anyway, hope un-pizza week was enjoyed. I’m taking Saturday off but will be back next week on Wednesday with your regularly scheduled posts twice a week.

And now, to take un-pizza week home, I am going home. Or rather to a blog written in my hometown.
When I happened upon this blog, written by someone in St. Louis I was an instant fan. Particularly because she is not native to St. Louis her fondness for the city seems genuine. And St. Louis is a terrific town.

And we will keep on keepin’ on. Even without Pujols.

Have you been to or are you from St. Louis? What do you think of it? Any favorite places? Please pretty please leave me a comment and tell me!
Of the many recipes of darling Natalie’s I have bookmarked, this one for a polenta pizza seemed easy and, well, I had the stuff to make it so…well minus the pepperoni seeing as I don’t eat that.

For you gluten-free folks(you’re so liberated! I’m gluten’s bitch), I think this is ok? There is no wheat, at any rate.
This is a knife and fork affair. But calling it pizza makes it taste better.
Polenta Pizza(from The Sweets Life blog)
1/2 cup cornmeal
2 1/2 cups H2O
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
3 cups baby spinach
1/2 cup marinara(I used a roasted onion and garlic flavored pasta sauce)
1/4 tsp. dried oreganp
1/2 cup shredded mozzerella(I used reduced fat)
Spray a 9″ pie pan with nonstick spray. Put water, cornmeal and salt in a saucepan and stir it up well. Bring to a boil then stir constantly for several minutes until it is thick. Pour into pin pan and spread evenly, then cover and refrigerate until cold.
Spray a skillet, heat to medium-high then saute onion and bell pepper until soft, add spinach and stir until wilted.
Spread 1/2 cup marinara over the cornmeal base in the pie pan. Spread veggies on top and sprinkle with oregano. Place in 450 degree oven for about 10 minutes. Add cheese and bake a few minutes more.
Give a hefty grind of sea salt and pepper in there at some point.

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13 Responses to “Almost a pizza…but not: un-pizza week day 5”

  1. E January 27, 2012 at 8:54 am #

    Okokok
    this recipe looks amazing. I’m on a polenta kick at the moment. I will certainly be making this un-pizza this weekend.

  2. Sabrina Bolin (@MyMiBoSo) January 27, 2012 at 2:20 pm #

    Could I be even lazier and use the pre-made polenta at Trader Joe’s? Or is that just pushing it? Either way I love the taste of cornbread and tomato sauce so sure I’ll love this!

    • Ellen January 27, 2012 at 4:06 pm #

      I don’t call it lazy, I call it being resourceful:)

      Sent from my iPhone

  3. AikoVenus January 27, 2012 at 9:39 pm #

    This looks and sounds so tasty! ^^ I think I should use up the polenta in my fridge for this one. I’m most definitely a pizza lover.

    • Ellen January 27, 2012 at 11:41 pm #

      Yes! Definitely a food use for the leftovers:) I hope you enjoy…

  4. Nadiya @ Milk and Honey January 28, 2012 at 9:11 am #

    Yum! The polenta pizza looks delicious. I wonder if it would also work with blue cornmeal 😛

    • Ellen January 28, 2012 at 10:13 am #

      Hehe, I don’t know but I have a feeling you would be the person to find out! I sense an upcoming Milk and Honey blog post;)

  5. MegSmith @ Cooking.In.College January 28, 2012 at 5:43 pm #

    I am loving this “un-pizza” series you’ve got going on! This looks amazing. I just recently discovered polenta and I am so excited to try this!

    • Ellen January 28, 2012 at 5:45 pm #

      I’m glad you like the series! Maybe I’ll have to do another one later in the year. I’ve amassed enough un-pizza recipes I need to try… Enjoy the polenta!

      Sent from my iPhone

  6. Kelly @ Foodie Fiasco January 31, 2012 at 10:28 pm #

    I LOVE THIS!!! I have to lower my carb intake a bit, and I miss pizza. This looks lower carb and delicious, so I’m gonna go for it. 😉

    • Ellen January 31, 2012 at 11:53 pm #

      Yea! I would love to hear your feedback! It’s amazing how little if the offending carb(the cornmeal) it takes to fill the pan…

      Sent from my iPhone

  7. Anne Ville February 4, 2012 at 5:34 pm #

    The whole un-pizza week is in my print-and-try-some-freaking-time file. Especially the pancakes! My whole problem with pancakes is that they don’t taste enough like pizza and now …*tone filled with awe*….problem solved. Thank you!

    • Ellen February 4, 2012 at 6:11 pm #

      Woot! Jut make sure you melt some cheese on top for maximum effect 🙂

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