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You will need (for one pizza)
3 bulbs fresh garlic
1 red pepper
1 cup coarse yellow cornmeal
3 1/2 cups water
1 lb medium firm or firm tofu
3 - 4 tablespoons tamari soy sauce
1/2 - 1 cup prepared tomato sauce
nutritional yeast flakes or powder salt
other toppings to taste (see below)
An hour ahead of pizza assembly, preheat your oven to 400 F. Wrap three bulbs of garlic in foil, and bake for about 45 minutes, until tender. Take out and allow to cool.
Place a washed red pepper on the oven rack. Turn every 5 minutes for about 20 minutes, until tender. Place in a brown paper bag, close up tight and let sit until cool enough to handle. Slip the skins off, slit down the middle and remove the stem and seeds. Slice into thin strips.
Go back to the cooled garlic. Slice a thin bit off the top of each bulb and squeeze the roasted garlic into a small bowl (yes, this is messy and sticky). Throw the skins away. Set the roasted garlic aside.
Soak 1 cup coarse yellow cornmeal in 1 cup of cold water. While that is soaking, bring 2 1/2 cups of water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add 2 tsp salt. Pour the soaking cornmeal in, whisking all the way. Turn the heat to medium-low and whisk constantly until the cornmeal is cooked through, sticking to the sides and bottom of the pan, and is nice and thick (about 7-10 minutes). Remove from heat, and spread evenly into a pizza pan. Let sit for 10 or more minutes.
In a large non-stick or cast iron pan, heat 3-4 tbsp tamari soy sauce on high heat. Add 1 lb of chopped medium firm or firm tofu, and toss constantly, on high heat, until the soy sauce is absorbed and the tofu is a rich golden brown colour. Remove from heat and set aside.
Spoon 1/2 - 1 cup prepared tomato sauce over the polenta crust. Sprinkle this liberally with nutritional yeast powder or flakes. Top with the tofu. Top with blobs of the roasted garlic, and the strips of roasted red pepper. Add whatever other toppings you think you’d like. We had fresh basil leaves, canned artichoke hearts, fresh
chopped broccoli, canned pineapple chunks, and black olives. Other tasty ideas would be fresh, chopped mango and chopped hunks of avocado. Hummus, too?
Drizzle with a bit of extra virgin olive oil.
Bake in your 400 F oven for about 20 minutes, then turn on the broiler and broil for about 5 minutes, until toppings are browned. Let set for about 10 minutes, then cut into slices and eat up! (You’ll need a knife and fork for this one).
Serves 2-4, depending on appetites.