polenta pizza with braised leeks, yogurt and sumac

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polenta pizza with braised leeks, yogurt and sumac

polenta pizza with braised leeks, yogurt and sumac 

Braised leeks, gently cooked and softened with butter and olive oil, flavoured with rosemary, lemon and a few spoonfuls of raisins for a little sweetness. Served on top of a soft polenta 'pizza' base, that is finished in the oven to lightly crisp up. Serve with a spoonful or 2 of thick yogurt and a sprinkling of sumac. A comforting winter recipe that is gluten free and vegetarian too. 

serves 4-6 
preparation/cooking time guide: 45 minutes 

1 cup quick cook polenta 
3 cups vegetable stock 
2 medium sized leeks
2 tbsp raisins 
1 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary 
zest and juice of half a lemon 
1 tbsp olive oil 
1 tbsp butter 
salt and pepper

to serve
2-3 tbsp thick yogurt 
2 tsp sumac


Wash the leeks well, then cut them in half widthways then slice into lengthwise strips. Gently fry in a mixture of olive oil and butter and about 1/3 cup of water. Add the chopped rosemary, raisins, zest and juice of 1/2 lemon and season with salt and pepper. Cook until the leeks are soft and the water has evaporated. 

While the leeks are cooking bring 3 cups of vegetable stock to the boil, then sprinkle in the polenta in a steady stream, stirring all the time to avoid lumps forming. Cook the polenta for 5-7 minutes until thickened and coming away from the sides of the pan. Pour the polenta onto a non-stick/lined baking sheet and spread into a rough square shape (about 23cm). 

Preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4. When the leeks are cooked spread them evenly over the polenta base. Bake for about 20 minutes until the polenta is crisp and golden brown on the edges. 

Serve in slices with a few spoonfuls of thick yogurt and a sprinkling of sumac. 

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  1. This looks yummy. I have recently started to do Slimming World and a lot of these ingredients could be used and would be a lot less Syns than a regular pizza! Thanks for sharing #Brilliantblogs

  2. Wow - what a lovely recipe - that polenta base just looks (and I'm sure tastes) gorgeous and I love the toppings!! Thanks for linking up with #CookBlogShare :-) Eb x

    1. Thanks Eb - always appreciated. The polenta 'pizza' is a regular here - another great topping is with home made bolognese ragu and cheese :)

  3. This looks awesome! Being GF I do feel like I miss out on pizza sometimes. I'll have to give it a try, I love leeks too :)

    1. Thanks so much - it is such a quick and easy alternative - and you can add any of your favourite toppings. Leeks are great - so versatile and full of flavour too. Thank you for your comments :)

  4. Oooh this looks amazing! I have a couple of bags on polenta in the cupboard, now I have a recipe to try x #CookBlogShare

    1. Thank you Kirsty. I love the stuff - so quick and easy to make too - polenta is great with stews, as a topping (e.g. cottage pie), as a quick 'pizza' type base. Definitely one of my cupboard staples.

  5. whoa! This looks incredible! Amazing.

  6. I love the sound of every single element of this dish! Must give this a try. #CookBlogShare

  7. Polenta base for a Pizza is a great idea! i'm definitely making this recipe


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