Recipe summary

Hands-on time:
10 mins. to 15 mins.
Baking time:
25 mins. to 30 mins.
Total time:
1 hrs 55 mins. to 2 hrs 55 mins.
Yield:
two 14" crusts
Are you bored with leftover chili? Pair it with this delightfully crisp cornmeal pizza crust as a topping, and enjoy a new Southwest sensation. This recipe for a cornmeal pizza crust offers the perfect canvas for your favorite Tex-Mex accompaniments.
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Crust

Topping

  • 4 to 5 cups of your favorite chili
  • 2 to 3 cups shredded cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese
  • scallions or chives for garnish, optional

Directions

  1. 1) In a large bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, xanthan gum, salt, and baking powder, and set aside.
  2. 2) In the bowl of your electric mixer, stir together the lukewarm water, oil, and instant yeast.
  3. 3) Add the dry ingredients all at once. First stir to combine, then beat at high speed for about 2 minutes, until the mixture is lightened, aerated, and resembles very thick cake batter.
  4. 4) Let the dough rise, covered, in a warm place for about 1 1/2 hours. It will become puffy and expand some, but won't double in volume. Towards the end of the rising time, preheat your oven to 400F.
  5. 5) Divide the dough in half. Spread each half onto a well-oiled 14" pizza pan, or one 14" round and one sheet pan (an oiled offset spatula works well for this), and allow the crusts to rest for about 15 to 20 minutes.
  6. 6) Bake the crusts for 15 minutes, or until they're set and just starting to take on some color around the edges.
  7. 7) After topping with the chili and cheese, bake for an additional 15 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly and beginning to brown. Remove from the oven, and garnish with scallions or chives, if desired. Allow the pizzas to rest for 5 to 10 minutes before cutting.
  8. Yield: two 14" pizzas.

Tips from our bakers

  • If you don't need to make both pizzas, you can freeze one of the crusts for up to 3 months. Bake as indicated, but don't top. Cool completely, wrap airtight, and freeze. To serve, thaw in its wrapping, then top and bake.