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Roasted Cherry Polenta Pizza

Posted by immaeatthat
August 15, 2014
Featured in: The Garden, Appetizers
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Enjoy the deep, delicious flavors of this Roasted Cherry Polenta Pizza for dinner or an appetizer!

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Quick story before we talk about all things pizza. 

I’ve wanted to go berry picking all summer.  But then I go to the grocery store and there are 2 pounds of blueberries for $2.99.  $2.99!!!!  So I grab up the carton of blueberries feeling like I'm stealing something.  Such a steal.  Now they’re all safe and cozy in my freezer.  Sitting tight until I put them on some greek yogurt or bake them into some fluffy blueberry muffins. 

Enjoy the deep, delicious flavors of this Roasted Cherry Polenta Pizza for dinner or an appetizer!

I would want to go cherry picking, but there aren’t too many (or any) cherry orchards in Texas.  That won’t stop me from eating them every chance I get.  It was hard for me to roast these cherries.  They’re so perfectly fresh that it’s kind of like, “what’s the point?” 

But when you roast tomatoes the most magical thing happens to them and they turn so caramelized and sweet.  So I convinced myself that just maybe roasted cherries would be as good as roasted tomatoes.  And they were.  Roasting the cherries ended up mellowing out the flavor.  Instead of fruit sweet they turned to a deep wine sweet. 

Enjoy the deep, delicious flavors of this Roasted Cherry Polenta Pizza for dinner or an appetizer!

For this pizza, first I whisked up some creamy polenta.  Holy arm workout.  Then I spread it in the bottom of a springform pan to make the perfect pizza crust.  A definite plus to this recipe is that the crust is sturdy enough for you to pick up a slice and eat it with your hands.  It’s not flimsy and weak, it’s thick with a slightly crisp outer layer.  Perfect for a pile of toppings.

Enjoy the deep, delicious flavors of this Roasted Cherry Polenta Pizza for dinner or an appetizer!  Enjoy the deep, delicious flavors of this Roasted Cherry Polenta Pizza for dinner or an appetizer!

First, a layer of pesto.  There is nothing pesto isn’t good on. 

Then, a layer of goat cheese.  Pesto + goat cheese = yesssss. 

Next, a pile of cherries and tomatoes. So fresh. So colorful.

Finally, throw it in the oven for a bit.  Patience.

Then, it’s DINNER!  Oh and don’t forget the balsamic reduction drizzle because that stuff makes life, life.
 

Enjoy the deep, delicious flavors of this Roasted Cherry Polenta Pizza for dinner or an appetizer!

Enjoy the deep, delicious flavors of this Roasted Cherry Polenta Pizza for dinner or an appetizer!
Enjoy the deep, delicious flavors of this Roasted Cherry Polenta Pizza for dinner or an appetizer!

Roasted Cherry Polenta Pizza

Yield

Makes 1 (9” diameter) pizza

Ingredients

  • Polenta Crust:
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 3/4 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Pizza Toppings:
  • 1 1/3 cups fresh cherries (~27 cherries), pitted & halved
  • 2/3 cup cherry tomatoes (~15 tomatoes), halved length-wise
  • 3 tablespoons pesto
  • 2 oz goat cheese
  • Balsamic reduction

Directions

  1. In a saucepan over medium-high heat, bring vegetable broth and water to a simmer.  Whisk in cornmeal and salt and continue whisking for 2 minutes to make sure all the lumps are broken up.  Reduce heat to medium-low and continue whisking occasionally for 10 minutes, until firm. 
  2. Grease a 9” diameter spring form pan with olive oil.  Scoop in polenta and spread out evenly into the bottom of the pan. 
  3. Top with pesto, goat cheese, cherries and tomatoes.  Preheat oven to 400F.  Bake for 45-55 minutes. Drizzle with balsamic reduction, slice and serve.

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Kylie Mitchell is a Registered Dietitian and the founder of the food/ lifestyle blog immaeatthat.com. She started the blog 5 years ago in an effort to stop disordered eating and help people fall back in love with a healthful relationship with food. Kylie works to promote positive body image, intuitive eating and HAES. Kylie also specializes in creative recipe development and high-res food photography. When not behind the computer or camera, Kylie works as an eating disorder dietitian. She is the author of The Single Serving Cookie eBook and The Cookie Dough eBook. Kylie lives in Houston, TX with her husband and puppy, where she likes to over- share on Instagram.
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