Polenta Pizza Casserole

by Heather

Hello holy typos in that last post. Please excuse me. Apparently my brain was a little frozen too?

So it’s actually snowing. Now we’ll just see whether or not that “massive” storm comes.

 

To be honest, I had no idea what I was doing when I starting making dinner. I really didn’t know what I wanted to cook, just that I wanted to cook something!

Everything I kept thinking of involved veggies I didn’t have. After starring and starring into the pantry and fridge, alternately, I starting creating some concoction. Of what, I still wasn’t sure.

I decided I wanted to steam spinach and mix it with marinara, but I wasn’t feeling pasta or rice. Then I saw the little lonely cornmeal canister at the back of the pantry. Hmm polenta….I’ve tried it once before and wasn’t impressed, but thought I’d give it another try.

I was impatient by this point so I mixed together 1/4 cup cornmeal, 1 cup of water, a little salt, rosemary, basil, and onion and garlic powder and popped it into the microwave for 2 minutes. I had no idea whether you could make polenta in the microwave or not, but for future reference, you can. Wow so easy!!

I was thinking of making a pizza of sorts….

I spread the polenta in a mini-casserole dish and stuck it in the toaster oven for a few minutes at 400 degrees. While the polenta was firming up, I put some spinach, garlic, red onion, and pasta sauce in the microwave just until the spinach wilted

polenta

Then I spread the veggie mixture on top of the polenta and covered it with some mozzarella cheese and red pepper flakes. Then I broiled it for about 5-8 more minutes.

Thus polenta casserole was created!

polenta casserole

polenta casserole 

It was so good! Like comfort food :)

This didn’t really turn out as a pizza, but I’m thinking this would still make really good pizza though. Spread the polenta a little thinner, bake a little longer, voila! Oh the possibilities.

Now I’m watching Teen Mom and having a glass of wine. I’m thinking about making another batch of no bake oatmeal cookies :)

Yup, Teen Mom. Shouldn’t leave me home alone on Friday night in the snow ;) I’m a sucker for babies with Mohawks.

 

 

 

 

 

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Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) January 29, 2010 at 8:24 pm

Wow your food looks great! And thx so much for the linkage!!!!! :)

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theprocessofhealing January 29, 2010 at 8:26 pm

Yum!! I will have to try that. So so creative too, i’m impressed! many times when I think of a recipe off the top of my head like that, it flops. Sometimes it doesn’t.

It’s snowing here too. It actually started earlier than they predicted and we’ve got a good bit so far but it’s not sticking to the roads. It’s supposed to get bad though. As long as i don’t lose power, i’m good :)

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marathonmaiden January 29, 2010 at 8:36 pm

youre so creative for rolling with the punches and coming up with a great dinner. when i get impatient out comes the cereal :)

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Kristen @ Change of Pace January 29, 2010 at 8:45 pm

What a great recipe! I’ve always wanted to try polenta but have no clue what to do with it! Will definitely have to try that!

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Anna January 29, 2010 at 9:22 pm

That looks delicious!! Sometimes the meals where you don’t have a plan turn out the best!

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MCM Mama January 29, 2010 at 9:41 pm

That looks yummy! I may have to play with that idea.

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Matt January 29, 2010 at 9:53 pm

I have actually never had polenta. Looks good!

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Heather January 29, 2010 at 10:52 pm

I like polenta – this looks like a simple recipe!

Thanks for posting it!

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Jenna January 30, 2010 at 8:47 am

So creative!!

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Heather (Where's the Beach) January 30, 2010 at 9:46 am

You could probably bake the polenta first then top and bake again? It looks pretty tasty as is.

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fromatopink January 30, 2010 at 12:07 pm

I’m so impressed by your creativity! That looks delish! :)

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lessonstolearn January 30, 2010 at 5:36 pm

I am so excited to try this! I have been buying polenta pre-made in a tube at Trader Joes, but I want to try to make my own and recreate this. Thanks for the idea!

Hope you enjoyed your snowy Saturday!

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