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Bite-Sized Polenta Pizza

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a recipe, hasn’t it? Well wait no more! I know I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again, I love pizza. It could have to do with my not-so slight obsession with cheese. Or the fact that I can eat a whole can of black olives in one sitting. By myself. The problem with pizza is that I either have to order one over the phone/at a restaurant, or I have to buy pizza dough and whatever toppings I’m feeling like that day. I mean, who wants to leave their house just to have the deliciousness that is pizza? (Hint: not me!) Well the lovely Ms. Kimberly at Poor Girl Eats Well, one of my favorite food blogs, has changed the way I get my pizza fix!


Kimberly’s original recipe can be found here. She actually makes her own sauce (and I’m always lazy trying to use what’s in my cupboard) but I just used store bought sauce. This recipe is super easy and can be tailored to meet your dietary preferences or needs (read: vegetarian, meat lover, etc.). It’s also extremely kid-friendly! Here’s how I made my delicious pizza fix:


  • 1/2 18 oz. tube prepared polenta (I bought mine at Trader Joe’s)
  • 1 can black olives, sliced (I usually eat about half of this before the pizzas are done..)
  • 1/4 cup each chopped green and red bell peppers
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 c shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese (or more, if you’re like me and love cheese)
  • 1 T olive oil
  • Salt & pepper



  1. Pre-heat your oven (or toaster oven, like I did) to 375 F.
  2. Cut the polenta into 1/2″ thick slices.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add the olive oil. When oil is heated through, arrange the polenta slices in the skillet and pan-fry for about 3 minutes on each side, or until slightly golden brown and crispy to the touch.
  4. Remove the polenta from the skillet and place on a paper towel-lined plate to drain the excess oil.
  5. Add between a teaspoon and a tablespoon of sauce to each polenta slice, top with a teaspoon or so of shredded cheese (or pile it high, I won’t judge), then add the olives (or whatever toppings you would prefer).
  6. Place your adorable little pizzas on a cookie sheet (or the toaster oven tray, lined with tin foil) and bake for about 2 minutes, or until the cheese has melted.
  7. Enjoy!

Makes 20 mini pizzas.


Sliced polenta, yum!


Getting crispy and lightly browned.


I prefer a pizza with heaps of cheese and black olives, but I was catering to friends who like a more adventurous pizza.


All toasted!


Sauced, cheesed, and olived, ready for the toaster oven!


In they go!

While Kimberly recommends serving them with a salad, I personally like to eat them as is. But I also eat about 10 mini pizzas as a serving… Hmm, maybe you should serve them with a salad to be on the healthy side. I also usually add more cheese once they come out of the oven.

These baby pizzas are so yummy and obviously easy to make. I typically have all of the ingredients on hand (after I use a tube of polenta, I add it to my shopping list so that I’m never out), so it is great for those nights where I don’t have a clue as to what I’m making for dinner. I think it would be cute to have these as appetizers at a party or make a pizza party where kids can construct their own pizzas (on pre-sliced polenta to avoid sharp objects in tiny hands!).


About In Natalie's Shoes

I’m a twenty-something food fanatic. By day, I’m working for a non-profit, by night I’m dreaming of becoming a domestic goddess, creating adorable crafts to gift and engineering delicious home cooked meals for the fabulous dinner parties I’ll one day throw. I love to travel, locally, regionally… heck, even internationally, I don’t discriminate too much when it comes to a new destination. I am a little obsessed with taking photos of the food I eat, whether I make it or pay to eat it. It is my firm belief that a girl can never have enough purses or too many shoes. I plan to fill this lovely little blog with my adventures in food, travel, and craftiness. I hope you enjoy!

6 responses »

  1. Hi Natalie, saw the link to this recipe on the BBN site! These look delish will have to give them a try!

    • Hi Carly, thanks! It’s one of my go-to recipes from Poor Girl Eats Well! (You should check out Kimberly’s blog at They’re really yummy and easy to make. The nice thing about them is that you can make whatever kind of pizza you want (cheese only, veggie, meat lovers, etc.). I hope you enjoy trying the recipe out! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. looks yummy…can’t wait to try!

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