Vegetarian Polenta Goulash?

by Jeanette on March 16, 2014 · 2 comments

The other day I came across the recipe below in my facebook feed by Kathy Fisher with straightupfood and I had to try it. It looked incredibly delicious and I was curious if I could replicate this recipe with the ingredients I already had on hand. Mine came out looking more like a goulash than a pizza, but like I said, I took quite a few short cuts. Happily, the end results were still delicious. However, I highly recommend visiting straightupfood for the original recipe.


Several weeks ago I had picked-up a tube of polenta from Whole Foods. It’s been in my refrigerator just waiting for me to become inspired enough to make something with it (which I found, above). The following are my “short cut” step-by-step instructions of recreating the Polenta Pizza.

I thinly sliced the polenta and lined my pie dish.
polenta and glass dish

Iayered polenta

Next, it was time to add the pizza sauce. Nothing beats homemade pizza sauce, but since I had a jar of organic pizza sauce on hand, I used it for this recipe.
organic pizza sauce

After adding the sauce, I placed it in a pre-heated oven at 400 degrees and baked for about 15 minutes.

layered with sauce

While the polenta crust was in the oven, I water-sauteed my vegetables of choice for the topping. Mine were yellow onions, green peppers, mushrooms and yellow zucchini. After taking the polenta crust out of the oven, I let it sit a few minutes and then added the topping. I wish that I had prepared more vegetables for the topping, but oh well.  My  creation is not as pretty as the original image of the Polenta Pizza above.

layered with vegetables

Now it was time to taste the final product.  I wasn’t able to achieve lovely pizza shape slices so I just scooped out a portion with a spatula.. and renamed my version Polenta Goulash:)

not pizza

The final verdict? Delicious! I enjoyed two servings! I didn’t add any additional spices to the recipe because they were already included in the pre-made pizza sauce. I did add some garlic salt to the vegetables when I was sauteeing them. And, as per the original recipe, I also added some finely chopped walnuts as a topping, which I thought was a nice addition.

So, there you have it:)






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