Before I share this week’s menu plan, I want to share my favorite recipes for homemade gluten free pizza – including ideas for dairy free toppings and tomato free pizza sauce!
Gluten Free 101: PIZZA!
If you are newly gluten free, you may be thinking that a really good pizza is now lost to you forever – especially if you’ve read any of those articles. Ya know, the articles that appear in national publications and always start off by implying that the poor, unfortunate gluten free person will never again enjoy pizza or beer. Puh-leez…those types of articles drive me absolutely nuts!
Granted, gluten free pizza may not always be as easy as picking up the telephone but there are some mighty fine gluten free pizzas to be had my friends (note: if you live in the Albuquerque area, Pizza 9 does offer gluten free pizza delivery service – just be careful, cross contamination is always a concern).
There are plenty of gluten free frozen pizzas, pizza doughs and pizza crusts on the market (I really liked Udi’s gluten free pizza crusts before I went grain free and my youngest son was diagnosed with an egg allergy – and they make for easy Gluten Free Pizza Lunchables), but why spend a lot of money on store-bought pizza crust when you can make your own?
All you need for a great pizza is a really good crust!
My favorite gluten free pizza crust recipe belongs to Carol Fenster (see photo below), even my non-GF parents like this crust…in fact, my dad thinks it’s better than the gluten-filled variety!
Carol’s Gluten Free Pizza Crust (note: this recipe is already egg-free and to make this crust dairy-free for my brood, I use 2 Tbs. of almond flour in place of the powdered milk – a recommendation by Carol, in her book Cooking Free. Also, I use Superfine Brown Rice Flour and Guar Gum in place of the Xanthan Gum).
Heidi’s tip for this pizza crust: bake the crust in the oven for about 7 – 10 minutes BEFORE adding the sauce and toppings (then place back in the oven and bake just long enough until cheese is melted, about 5 – 10 mintutes longer)
Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free Pizza Crust
Grain-Free Pizza Crust:
Now that I’m grain-free, I use my friend Elana’s recipe for pizza crust which can be found in her book, The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook and you can check out a video tutorial over at Elana’s Pantry.
Delicious Homemade Pizza Sauce Recipes:
Again, why pay a lot of money for pizza sauce when you can easily make your own? I really like the following two recipes for homemade pizza sauce:
Exquisite Pizza Sauce this recipe calls for Parmesan cheese, but you can just omit that if you are dairy free.
Easy Pizza Sauce (this recipe is naturally dairy free)
Note for those with corn allergies: Processed tomatoes usually contain citric acid which is often derived from corn. I use Pomi brand tomatoes which contain nothing other than tomatoes (no citric acid) and I also like that they come in BPA-free aseptic cartons! Bionaturae Tomato Paste is packaged in a glass jar (BPA-free) and also contains nothing other than tomato paste.
Allergic to Nightshades?
Try making some Tomato-Free Marinara Sauce (believe it or not, this is really good, LOL!)
Dairy Free Pizza
I’ve only been dairy free for just under a year and my palette is not yet accepting of most dairy free “cheezes.” My kiddos however, really like Daiya Vegan Shreds and I can imagine that in another year or two (or five), I will like it too – I’m just not there yet.
I had a really difficult time visually adjusting to pizza without cheese – it just didn’t look right to me – so I went without pizza altogether until a light bulb went off one day. I was watching a commercial for bread sticks by some national pizza chain and I thought, why not do a spin on the bread sticks by making gluten free focaccia and pressing the pizza toppings into the unbaked dough…then dip the focaccia in pizza sauce? YES!!
I made the above focaccia for my husband using Carol Fenster’s Gluten Free Pizza Dough recipe. For the pepperoni, I buy a thick chunk of Applegate Farms Gluten and Casein-Free Pepperoni from the deli case at Whole Foods so I can cut it into a thick dice.
I also topped the focaccia with red onion slices, fresh rosemary, extra virgin olive oil, kosher sea salt and Peloponnese Whole Roasted Florina Sweet Peppers (note for those with corn allergies: this brand does not contain any citric acid, just: Roasted Whole Florina Peppers, Water, Red Wine Vinegar, Sea Salt, and Concentrated Grape Juice.
More Gluten Free, Dairy Free Pizza Recipes from My Fellow Bloggers:
Gluten Free, Dairy Free Mexican Pizza from Cook IT Allergy Free
Almost Grain Free, Gluten Free and Dairy Free Pizza Muffins from Gluten Free Easily
Mexican Pizza: Gluten Free and Dairy Free from The W.H.O.L.E. Gang
Gluten Free Pizza Flatbread from Gluten Free Goddess
This gluten free pizza post is linked to The GFE Virtual Gluten Free Support Group, be sure to click the link for more gluten free pizza recipes as well as a host of other helpful gluten free lifestyle information.
Menu Plan – Week of December 5, 2011
Tuesday: Tony’s Two-Ingredient Salsa Chicken, Roasted Broccoli and Fruit Salad
Wednesday: Simply Dressed Meatballs and Salad
Friday: Homemade Pizza (see above) and Salad
Saturday: Rouladen (I’ve never had this before, but my friend Michelle encouraged me to try her recipe for this German dish after I shared my family’s recipe for Fritters last week – to accommodate my corn allergy, I will use my homemade Worcestershire Sauce and Bubbies Dill Pickles), Dairy Free Mashed Potatoes and Roasted Green Beans
Do you have a favorite Gluten Free Pizza Crust Recipe (or perhaps some favorite dairy-free pizza toppings)?
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