GLUTEN FREE PIZZA DOUGH-MY FAVS
So who doesn’t love a good pizza?? I am no exception, however, this crust-loving girl, has had to make some changes over the last year. I thought being dairy free was tough, until I was forced to go gluten free too. I’ve long been used to my gourmet Keri-made cheese-less pizza loaded with veggies and ground turkey (been dairy free for 15 years and not a huge fan of the Vegan cheese), but this new dietary restriction has been much harder to adapt to. My 1 night-a-week homemade pizza night was replaced by simply trying new dough and crusts each week and praying one would awaken my taste buds. After weeks, here are the gluten free dough and ready-made crusts that made the cut.
- Add gluten free flour to the frozen dough to keep it whole
- When rolling out the gluten free dough be very gentle, because it has more of a pastry dough consistency, so it easily breaks into pieces and is easy to tear.
- You don’t always have to use red sauce.. you can be creative and make a gluten free/dairy free “pesto” instead by simply using your favorite nut, olive oil, basil, pinch of salt and blending it until you have a smooth consistency.
- use a pizza stone (they range from $10-$45 Target to William Sonoma) you will be much happier with the results. I find it makes the dough crispier.
- I brush olive oil on the crust.
- Feel free to add cheese or vegan cheese to these crusts. I am dairy free and haven’t found a dairy free cheese I love yet (great new blog topic ha ;-)), so I opt for none at all!
Gillian’s: Frozen gluten free and dairy free dough $7.99 from Whole Foods. You will need gluten free flour (makes it stick together better), a rolling pin, a pizza stone for the oven and ample time for it to thaw before using. The dough is a little clumpy, and i never expected it to even remotely look like pizza, but once you get it right it’s yummy!
Finished product Keri-style with no cheese…I added basil, red peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms and ground turkey to a red sauce and olive oil base. crust was crispy and tasty!
Made crust thicker, a size smaller and added onions…
Portland Pie Co. frozen gluten free and dairy free dough at Foodie’s. You will need gluten free flour, a rolling pin, a pizza stone for the oven and ample time for it to thaw before using. This crust has sweet basil and honey, so the flavor is yummy! Sometimes i use the leftover to make rolls 😉
Trader Joe’s: frozen cauliflower pizza crust $3.99. Made with corn flour and cauliflower. Ready to be cooked. Bake crust til crisp then toss on your favorite ingredients and you are ready to eat! I love the taste of making the pizza from scratch a lot more, but this is a great healthy alternative when you don’t have as much time and is definitely lighter than the others.
Simple Mills: pizza dough mix made with almond flour, coconut flour and ground flax found at Whole Foods for $7.99. You will need some added ingredients like apple cider vinegar, water and oil. You will need a rolling pin, a mixing bowl and a pizza stone for the oven. Makes 2 crusts. It has a grainier taste then regular pizza crust, but it held its shape, the crust was crispy and the oregano gave it a nice flavor. I liked it a lot! 😉
Theo’s in Weston, MA.: You can order and pick up a pizza already done with gluten free crust or you can buy the dough, bring it home and make it yourself…your choice, but I love how they make it. My favorite and the most like pizza dough as it could be to me. Their chicken is delicious on top. (shown no cheese for me, but you can have all the cheese you want! 😉 )
Pastoral Artisan Pizza in Boston-Seaport: Has a great gluten free pizza with plenty of toppings to chose from. They do not sell the dough. Warning..It can get a little pricey here if you add a lot of custom toppings like me! ha
For those of you that like a little cheese, here’s a pic for you:
Looking for other healthy options for dinner, take a peek at some of our other recipes.