I love grits. I love polenta. Most people don't realize they are the same thing! You can eat it as a ball of mush (YUM) or let it set and put a bunch of yummy stuff on top of it for a simply delicious textured pizza crust. Here's what I did...
- 1 cup polenta (grits)
- 3 cups water
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 egg
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup goat cheese
- 1 vidalia onion, diced
- 4 cups mushrooms, chopped fine parsley for garnish
To make the polenta: bring 3 cups water to a boil, let simmer and add polenta, salt, and olive oil. Stir constantly until thick and all of the water is absorbed. Turn off the heat and add the egg and continue to stir until cooked and well combined (it should look nice and creamy). On a parchment lined baking sheet, spread out the polenta mixture evenly, just like a pizza crust. No rolling required! Set this aside.
Preheat the oven to 425 F.
Meanwhile, in a large pan over medium eat, saute the mushrooms (without oil), until they begin to release moisture and brown. Add in the onions and garlic and saute until browned. While this is cooking, place the goat cheese in chunks over the polenta and set in the oven to bake for 10 minutes.
Take out the polenta, and spread the goat cheese evenly across the top. Top with mushroom and onion mixture. Season with salt, pepper, and parsley to taste, and enjoy!