One of my gluten-free challenges was to create a delicious pizza. While this pizza is certainly not deep-dish, is does the trick, and will absolutely satisfy your pizza cravings.
1 tbsp ground flaxseed or ground chia seeds
2 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
4 tsp active dry yeast
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2-1cup warm water
* works best with a stand mixer *
1. This recipe uses a “slurry” of chia or flax instead of xanthun or guar gum. To make the slurry mix the seeds with 2 tbsp boiling (I used the hottest the tap would give) water to make a paste. Set aside and let cool.
2. Activate the yeast by mixing 1/2 cup of the warm water with the yeast and olive oil in a small bowl. Stir and let sit for a minute.
3. Add flour and salt to mixing bowl.
4. Add slurry and mix for a minute.
5. Add the yeast mixture. Mix until the dough comes together in a ball around the hook. You may need to use the other half cup of water, you might not. It depends what kind of flour mixture you are using, temperature, elevation, etc. Slowly add more of the water as needed.
6. When the dough has formed a ball, set aside in a warm place to rise for about an hour. We were impatient and only waited half and hour and it worked out just fine.
7. Preheat the oven to 450.
8. Place the dough in between two pieces of wax or parchment paper. Use your hands to flatten it and then use the roller to roll it out. We found that once the dough is relatively flat you can remove the top layer of paper and just roll normally. Roll to your desired thickness.
9. Transfer your dough to your pizza pan and brush the top with olive oil. We really like garlic around here, so we mixed some garlic into the oil.
10. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until the crust starts to brown.
11. Add your toppings and bake until your cheese is melted (or if you have no cheese, until you think it’s ready!) ours took about 5 more minutes in the oven.
Usually I would say put whatever you want on, but this is an exception because these toppings were THE BEST EVER. Literally.
- sauce of crushed tomatoes mixed with garlic sauce
- chicken breast with bbq sauce
- onions and mushrooms (sauteed with the bacon)
- green olives
- blue cheese and fresh parmesan (you really don’t need much)
Garnish with fresh dill.
Be careful with your sauces, you never know where that sneaky gluten might be lurking ;)
* Dough recipe from GlutenFreeGirl, check out their site for more gluten-free recipes*