Mini Deep Dish Polenta Pizza Pies

Watch out, world. There’s a new Mini Deep Dish Polenta Pie in town.


Because apparently the old one was dragging us down?

Guess WHAT. And no, I’m not going to bore you silly with stories about how I went through my closet this weekend on the search for a single black tee, thus catapulting a massive purge sesh/thrift store donation, post the obvious prerequisite fashion show for my (lucky? poor?) husband, modeling disgusting dated skirts from my 20s and awkward tops that for some unknown reason I thought worked. They did not work. And I can happily report that I am left with three articles of clothing. A blank tank top, and another black tank top. And jeans. I feel so good.

Where was I?


Ohyesyeyseyes. Guess WHAT. And no, I’m not going to drag on and on about the additional 17 feet of snow that will be plummeting to the Earth and my yard later today and all day tomorrow, trapping me inside my house with nothing but food and wine and a cozy puppy and pillows and blankets and never ending fire logs and movies forever and ever! Oh wait I like that.

What was I saying?

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Ohyesyeyseysyeyesyeyseysyes. Guess WHAT. And no, I’m not going to obsess any longer over this dern fake eyelash that refuses to let go of its lethal grip to my face. But you know what? I’m actually starting to get used to her. She’s found a home, ya know? I’ve named her Phyllis. She just gets me.

I feel like I was about to tell you something.


Ohyeysyesyeysyesyeysyeysyeysyesyeysyesyes. Maybe I just should just let these next two photos tell you.

Yeah right! As if I can shut up for two entire seconds.

This is the deal: baby deep dish polenta pizza pies with any topping you dig. Mini pepperonis? How could you not? Thinly sliced mushrooms and red onion? My heart can’t even deal. Dehydrated tomatoes? There’s a ringing in my ears. Piles of shredded melty oozing mozzarella cheese for days? I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.

Topped with fresh basil for a little extra sumpin sumpin? (whatever that means)

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And I made them mini so you can eat 5,267. Happy?


Because I am.

Mini Deep Dish Polenta Pies:

What it took for 6 mini pies:

* 1 cup polenta (ground cornmeal)
* 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
* 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
* 1/2 cup mini pepperonis
* 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
* 1/2 cup sliced red onion
* 1/2 cup dehydrated tomatoes (or sun-dried)
* coarse salt and freshly ground pepper, for taste
* fresh basil leaves, for garnish

Preheat oven to 400.

In a medium saucepan, bring 2 1/4 cup water to a boil. Slowly add the polenta, reduce the heat to low and whisk until the polenta has thickened, about 5 minutes. Off the heat, add the parmesan cheese, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Stir to combine.

Lightly spray 6 ramekins with cooking spray. Spoon a few Tbs. of the polenta into each cup, and then press it down evenly with your fingers, until you have a small well in each center, and the polenta slightly comes up on the sides.

Now layer each cup with a little bit of cheese, onion, mushrooms, pepperonis, dehydrated tomatoes and more cheese until you’ve reached your heart’s desire. Pile it on, baby.

Place the ramekins on a baking sheet and slide into the oven for 30 minutes, or until the cheese is browned and bubbly.

Garnish with basil and eat all six before anyone notices.


Go ahead and millionetteuple this recipe.

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54 Responses to Mini Deep Dish Polenta Pizza Pies

  1. Jen @ Savory Simple February 25, 2013 at 8:29 am #
    these are totally gorgeous
    • Eats Meets West February 25, 2013 at 9:13 pm #
      Agreed! These look good enough to make for lunch. Now I know what to do with leftover pizza ingredients. Second-day leftovers will be so much fun now! :D
  2. Kare @ Kitchen Treaty February 25, 2013 at 8:32 am #
    These look absolutely amazing. And with the individual servings, I love that you can customize the toppings for vegetarians, meat-eaters, picky eaters, crazy eaters, and everyone in between. P.S.: Never thought I'd say pepperonis are cute, but here I am. So cute.
  3. Cassie | Bake Your Day February 25, 2013 at 8:42 am #
    These are so fun. I love parmesan-y polenta!
  4. Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings February 25, 2013 at 8:49 am #
    wow- these look beautiful-- almost too beautiful to eat. almost :)
  5. Megan {Country Cleaver} February 25, 2013 at 9:00 am #
    Oh whew - I was so worried you'd be wineless and snowbound. I had the number of the National Guard on speed dial just in case a wine drop was needed. But it looks like you made it through. Whada champ.
  6. Sharla February 25, 2013 at 9:03 am #
    your snow day sounds amazing. Thanks for the polenta recipe, I'm always looking for something different to do with that.
  7. Laurie {Simply Scratch} February 25, 2013 at 9:14 am #
    Seriously... these are smart!
  8. Paula - bell'alimento February 25, 2013 at 9:17 am #
    I dig it!
  9. Deborah February 25, 2013 at 9:37 am #
    Yep - these look pretty amazing!!
  10. Little Kitchie February 25, 2013 at 9:44 am #
    ummmmmm genius. Love it!
  11. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective February 25, 2013 at 9:51 am #
    So dang cute and scrummy looking!
  12. leslie February 25, 2013 at 10:02 am #
    Polenta Pies??? TELL.THE.TRUTH!!!!!
  13. Ali | Gimme Some Oven February 25, 2013 at 10:04 am #
    These are adorable!!! Love the polenta!
  14. a farmer in the dell February 25, 2013 at 10:12 am #
    these look awesome. And you just inspired me to clean out my closet! thank you in advance!
  15. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar February 25, 2013 at 10:31 am #
    These are so fun! Awesome recipe!
  16. Katie February 25, 2013 at 10:40 am #
    Seriously, this is genius! These look so good and could be perfect for vegetarian entertaining!
  17. beth j February 25, 2013 at 10:46 am #
    Ha Ha. Thanks for making me laugh and giving me something new to try tor dinner. What more could a girl want? ;)
  18. Sues February 25, 2013 at 11:36 am #
    This is SUCH the perfect recipe for entertaining! I'd be so happy if I went to a friend's for dinner and was served one of these :) So cute!
  19. Christine February 25, 2013 at 12:04 pm #
    These are genius! Love them!
  20. Amanda February 25, 2013 at 12:15 pm #
    Oh my gosh Bev!! These look amazing!! I want one now! :)
  21. Jessica February 25, 2013 at 12:15 pm #
    That picture with the melty cheese and the polenta?? OMGawd. I die.
  22. Sarah Macon February 25, 2013 at 1:11 pm #
    I seriously just said "awwwww" out loud at those pepperonis. I want to eat this.
  23. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel February 25, 2013 at 2:01 pm #
    Your posts make me laugh so hard. So random and just fun. Oh and these deep dish MINI pies?! So much better because they're mini :)
  24. Allison @ Foodie Heart February 25, 2013 at 3:51 pm #
    These are adorable and you crack me up. Thanks for the inspiration!
  25. Abbe February 25, 2013 at 3:54 pm #
    These really do look delicious!
  26. Kathryn February 25, 2013 at 3:58 pm #
    This is an excellent way to eat polenta. Those little pies are so dinky!
    • Bev Weidner February 25, 2013 at 4:28 pm #
      I don't know what dinky means, but I like it.
  27. Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama February 25, 2013 at 4:25 pm #
    Ohhhh these look amazing. Fun and super cute too! Which reminds me I need to clean my closet out.
  28. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts February 25, 2013 at 6:24 pm #
    You always make me laugh! Love these little guys, I wish I wasn't out of polenta, because this totally needs to happen!
  29. Julie @ Table for Two February 25, 2013 at 8:34 pm #
    whaaaat?! these are amazing and now you have me craving pizza!! i should go make these :)
  30. Tracy February 25, 2013 at 8:36 pm #
    I am totally in love with these. Can't wait to make them!
  31. ashley - baker by nature February 25, 2013 at 9:11 pm #
    I'm pretty sure my new life goal is to get snowed in @ your house! Puppies, polenta pizza pies, and wine (and BEV)?! Um, YES!
  32. Katie February 25, 2013 at 9:55 pm #
    These are the cutest EVER. (and can you come clean out my closet for meeee?)
  33. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. February 25, 2013 at 11:30 pm #
    I have no words for these.
  34. Gourmantine February 26, 2013 at 4:52 am #
    I usually not a fan of polenta, but I couldn't say no to these beauties.
  35. Rachel Cooks February 26, 2013 at 7:45 am #
    LOVE these!
  36. Caroline @ chocolate & carrots February 26, 2013 at 9:20 am #
    This is so smart! I'm going to have to find some mini pepperonis! :D
  37. marla February 26, 2013 at 10:19 am #
    Now these are super fun ~ love the spoonable pizza!
  38. Julie February 26, 2013 at 11:48 am #
    These look fabulous! What a great way to make a quick, easy, delicious weeknight meal. Julie @ This Gal Cooks
  39. Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe February 26, 2013 at 12:40 pm #
    These look wicked!
  40. Alison @ ingredients, Inc. February 26, 2013 at 1:11 pm #
    great idea!!
  41. Sarah February 26, 2013 at 8:31 pm #
    Yum! What a great idea!
  42. Katie @ Blonde Ambition March 5, 2013 at 7:02 pm #
    Was I wrong to picture Stefon from SNL every time I read "yesyesyesyes"? Haha. Also, these look so adorable and delicious. Need ramekins now!
  43. Marybeth December 20, 2013 at 11:20 am #
    Made this for dinner last tasted as good as it looks. Next time, I might add some pizza sauce to finish it. Regarding seasoning the polenta, be aggressive with the salt and pepper. Otherwise, it will be very bland and not a good base for the flavorful toppings.
  44. Micheline February 12, 2014 at 11:56 am #
    I love this! A dinner idea my picky husband would actually eat.


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