Mamma Mia, It’s A Pizza Pie!

Yes its true…..gluten free pizza! And it comes in so many tasty forms, not just your classic flat pizza! I’m going to share a few of the best pizza recipe with you! And these are all easily variable since you can change out the ingredients with your favorite toppings. If you’re like me…..I like to change it up and not have the same thing every-time. The hard thing for me is that I can’t have tomato products….yes that’s right… NO marinara sauce, pizza sauce, spaghetti sauce! And since I can’t have a whole lot of lactose either, Alfredo sauce is out too! Luckily I CAN have natural hard cheeses so I just add extra cheese and viola!

Pizza Crust: Now where to begin…. since pizza is one of America’s all-time favorites foods, and one of mine as well, becoming gluten free posed a slight problem. So I set out to find a pizza crust that, well….actually tasted like pizza crust! I like the thick chewy crust, but the think crispy crust I’m starting to get used to. There are so many different GF pizza crust mixes, and I think I’ve probably tried them all. I even made some from scratch….and THAT was a disaster! LOL! A big, doughy mess. I’ve never been a fan of yeast baking though….probably because I don’t have any patience! If you like thin crispy crust, then get some GF Bisquick. It makes a nice little crust…..and its super quick & easy to mix up. One of the mixes I tried out made a huge (and i mean like 4 inches thick!) and it tasted like dumplings, as in chicken and dumplings! Thinking back, I’m pretty sure it was supposed to make 2 crusts! My bad! But my favorite and standby crust is Hodgson Mill Pizza Crust. It makes 2 crusts that are chewy and delicious! We use one and stick the other in the freezer…..take it out as we need it! Just follow the directions on the box and you’re set!

Gluten Free Pizza Poppers (Printable Version)

3/4 cup gf flour + 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon pizza seasoning
3/4 cup milk
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 cup shredded mozzarella/cheddar cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup chopped pizza toppings
1/2 cup pizza sauce

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 24-cup mini-muffin pan. (Depending on how deep your pan is will determine how many you get….I only got about 18 I think) In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and pizza seasoning; whisk in the milk and egg. Stir in the mozzarella, Parmesan and toppings; let stand for 10 minutes.

2. Stir the batter and divide among the mini-muffin cups. Bake until puffed and golden, 20 to 25 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, microwave the pizza sauce until warmed through. Serve the puffs with the pizza sauce for dipping.

Adapted from: Cassie Craves

Cheesy Pizza Bread (Printable Version)

1 cup gluten-free flour + ½ tsp xanthan gum

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 large eggs

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

3/4 cup buttermilk

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 1/2 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese

½ cup shredded cheddar cheese OR 1/2 cup marinara sauce

1+ cup pizza toppings

1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning + Shredded Cheese Mixture

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and spray 9×5 inch bread pan with non-stick cooking spray.

2.  Mix together flour, gum, baking powder, baking soda, salt and pepper. Stir in eggs, oil, buttermilk, Parmesan, Mozzarella and pizza toppings until just combined.  Pour half of batter into prepared bread pan. Top evenly with cheddar cheese OR marinara sauce then pour remaining batter over sauce.  Top with Italian seasoning and additional shredded cheese.

3. Bake for 45-60 minutes or until toothpick comes clean from center.  Let cool for 15 minutes before removing from pan.  Slice and serve warm or room temperature.

Variations: Chicken Bacon Ranch Bread~ add chopped cooked chicken, crumbled bacon bits, sliced green onions or chives, and ranch dressing mix & garlic powder.

Adapted from: Picky Palate

Hope you enjoy these yummy pizza recipe as much as i do! Like i said the options and variations are endless! No longer do you have to go without pizza just because you’re gluten free! 🙂

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