The Best Gluten Free Pizza

I had a wonderful weekend.  One thing I am trying to do is to keep my healthy living during the week, spill into the weekend.  I cannot tell you how many weeks, months, years that I do really well Monday through Friday, but come Friday night all bets were off, I’d drink too much, eat too much pizza, and if I ate like shit on Friday night, why not just have a cinnamon roll as big as my head for breakfast on Saturday?  And if I ate like shit Friday night and Saturday morning, why not eat fried chicken and mac n cheese for dinner on Saturday night?  And while I am at it, why not open that can of corned beef hash you have in your pantry for Sunday brunch along with candied bacon and a couple eggs with cheese?

Whew, it’s no wonder that I’ve been struggling with my weight all these years.  Well, I know I’ve had reasons in the last few years for not putting myself first.  Maybe it’s just the clarity of not drinking wine that’s made me step back and realize what’s important, and while my Party Pizza Friday will always be a staple, it can’t and won’t let it be a jump start to a weekend of eating crap.  I am done with working so hard during the week only to erase all the good with bad habits.

One thing that has helped me, just in the last couple Saturday’s, is knowing that I have to get up for hot yoga.  I did my second class on Saturday, and not sure if the room was hotter, or I was able to do more, but I was dripping with sweat after the class and again it went by in the blink of an eye.  Tia, you’ll have to come with me one of these days!  

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It sets the whole tone for the weekend.  I didn’t want to just hit up McDonald’s after yoga to just erase what I worked off, and came home and had an open faced egg sammie with an apple on the side – it was perfect!

I had plans with Hannah and my Mom for lunch, hitting up Verizon to upgrade my Mom’s phone (she’s on my plan) and seeing the movie Carol.   The temps hadn’t dropped yet and it was a balmy 30 degrees when we hit the road.  Look at me – with mascara AND lipstick! Open-mouthed smile

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We went to P.F. Chang’s for lunch.  Um, if anyone has any concerns about the economy, just go to Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg.  It was a sea of humanity, and at 1:15 the restaurant was nearly full!  We split the fried green beans, and I ordered the vegetable lo mein because it was off their “delightful” menu and stated it was under 600 calories.  This was again a giant amount of food and I ended up bringing half of it home – but it was delicious. 

So the movie?  It was good.  BUT SO SSSSSLLLLLOOOOWWWW.  Like so slow.  All three of us nearly fell asleep at one point or another and we all didn’t really know what we were getting into because the trailer was sort of nondescript, but with Cate Blanchett getting an Oscar nomination for it, we figured it would be movie theater worthy.  Well, it wasn’t.  If you have this on your list of movies to see, save your $11 matinee ticket and wait for it to be on HBO or Netflix by the summer.  It was, however, a great day spent with my Mom and Hannah – I mean, really more for my Mom since she was not only with her favorite child, but also her favorite grandchild as well – the double whammy! 

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I hit up the gym on Sunday as well.  I am almost finished with Episode 6 of Making a Murderer – I am steering clear of all the hoopla I’ve seen online until I get to the end.  It’s so good though!  It makes my treadmill workout go by so fast – I ended up doing a 5k in 50 minutes on 8% incline and 3.8 mph.

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We had to buy a new Keurig  – our other one was three years old, and um, let’s just say that I forgot to maintain the filter and it kind of got gross, and all the cleaning that Hannah tried on it, well, it wasn’t working out too well.  If you know Hannah, that means just knowing what kind of gunk was still in the machine, she pretty much would never use the Keurig again.  As luck would have it, the Keurig 250 was on sale at BB&B, I had a bit of money left on a gift card from Christmas, and with the 20% off coupon, it ended up costing $65 out the door – nice!  This one reads up to 40 different types of K-cups too so that it makes the perfect cup of coffee each time.  And because all three of us drink so much coffee, it was worth it.  One of my favorite smells in the world – fresh brewed coffee – and that first sip of the day is life changing. Open-mouthed smile

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I’ve talked about the Cooking Club that I am in here and here.  My friend Courtney is generous enough to host it at her house every month.  Each month Courtney picks out a “head chef” for the night, and depending on what that cook wants to make, will dictate the rest of the menu for the night.

Well, it is of no shock to anyone that I offered to show and make my copycat Lou Maltanti’s Chicago Deep Dish Pizza.  When you read the directions, it sounds so complicated, but I’ve made it so many times, after the dough comes together (and I’ve kept the dough in the fridge for over a week just fine) you can be eating deep dish pizza faster than take out.  But I suddenly realized that one of the women in the group has a gluten allergy.  Fudge crackers.  There would be no way for her to eat the main dish of the night.

I figured there had to be a great gluten free pizza recipe out there so I started a bit of research.  But after just looking at the first several recipes I came across, I knew I didn’t want to use almond or coconut flour, or flax meal, sweet potatoes, xantham gum or quinoa.  I WANTED IT TO TASTE LIKE REAL PIZZA!  And yes, I am shouting there.  At lunch on Friday I hit up Mariano’s and discovered that Bob’s Red Mill has a gluten free baking flour that I thought might work.  The price wasn’t too bad – I mean, a bit pricey for flour, but not too crazy – the 22 ounce bag cost $4.29.  I also realized that Red Star Yeast has a gluten free version too, so I picked that up too.

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I decided to blend up my no rise pizza dough with a bit of the Chicago deep dish pizza ingredients and ended up coming up with this:

The Best Gluten Free Pizza
Serves 8
The closest real deal gluten free pizza you'll ever have!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
54 calories
7 g
4 g
2 g
1 g
1 g
42 g
297 g
0 g
0 g
1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
42g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 54
Calories from Fat 21
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g
4%
Saturated Fat 1g
5%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 4mg
1%
Sodium 297mg
12%
Total Carbohydrates 7g
2%
Dietary Fiber 1g
3%
Sugars 0g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
0%
Iron
1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups of Bob’s Red mill Gluten Free 1 to 1 Baking Flour
  2. 1 package Red Star Yeast
  3. 1 teaspoon salt
  4. 1/4 cup white corn meal
  5. 1 cup tap water
  6. 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  7. 1 teaspoon olive oil (to brush on the edges of the pizza)
  8. that’s it
Instructions
  1. Mix the baking flour, yeast, salt, and corn meal together.  Add water and bring dough together.  Put the dough on the counter and kind of stretch it out a bit, and rub the tablespoon of butter all over the dough, and then roll up and knead for a couple minutes, adding a bit of the gluten free flour on your counter if it starts to get too sticky.
  2. I let this dough rise for about 45 minutes, but you could just roll it out and bake it at this point.  I bake mine on a Baking Steel at 425 degrees for 15 minutes.    This is enough dough for two 12 inch pizzas.  I put half the dough on a piece of parchment paper and shape it in a circle.  I add pizza sauce, and whatever toppings you want, and then before going into the oven, brush the crust with the teaspoon of olive oil.
Notes
  1. You can just make this dough, roll it out and bake it right away. Let it rest for 30-60 minutes - totally up to you. I put the second half of the dough in my fridge, let it get to room temp in 15 minutes and baked it up and I couldn't tell the difference from the first pizza, so not sure the rise time would make much of a difference in the taste of the end result.
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protein
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Guys.  I am going to say that after the dozens, hundreds, thousands (possibly millions!) of pizzas I’ve made over the years, this dough ranks at the very top.  It has the best of both worlds for me in a pizza – a crispy crust, but still a bit of a chew in the middle.  Hannah took that last three pictures for this post, and after we finished taking the pictures, she had a piece and said “I am not sure what a gluten free pizza is supposed to taste like, but this is a great pizza.”  EXACTLY!  That was exactly what I was going for, and the fact that I nailed it on my first attempt makes me absolutely giddy.  I can’t wait for my friend at Cooking Club to try this.  Hopefully I haven’t set the bar too high with my review of this, but considering how much pizza I’ve had in my life, I think I know great pizza when I taste one, and this one is delish.

If you try this, can you do me a solid and let me know if you like it?!  Please feel free to share with your friends and family who have gluten allergies too.

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Our week is starting out brutally cold again this Monday – it’s -6 degrees right now with a wind chill of –23.  I’ll be hitting they gym at lunch for strength, and after work for cardio.  I am on a mission to lose my 4.2 pounds these next two weeks!

Hope you had a great weekend – I’ll see you Wednesday for my adaptation of Mario Batali’s Braised Short Ribs over Cheezy Polenta.  Make it a great day!

36 thoughts on “The Best Gluten Free Pizza

  1. Looks you had a great weekend with great company and good food. And yay for going to hot yoga again. I saw 2 episodes of Making a murderer, probably will watch 1 or 2 episodes later this week. Your friend at the dinner club will be very happy that you made an effort to make a gluten free pizza and that it tastes great too. I bet it will be a success.
  2. Helen
    Does your gym provide Netflix or are you watching that on another device? This is what I know about gluten free things (I have a sister-in-law with celiac): they've come a long way baby. She says they were all pretty much awful in the beginning but now you can hardly tell the difference, especially with the flours.
    • Biz
      I watch it on my iPhone, but my gym does have free wifi :D I am thankful gluten free products have come a long way - I can't imagine not having pizza! What would your husband do?! :D
    • Biz
      Doh! I also discovered that you have to clean out your dishwasher too - what the what?! Our dishes were just not getting clean. Um, turns out my dishwasher has TWO FILTERS that have to be cleaned once a month.
  3. Kym
    We love our Keurig! It was difficult to justify buying one, I'm too frugal but gave in . Sadly, even with our Keurig, I still visit Starbucks way to often. My husband says it just doesn't taste the same when we brew it at home. We get black coffee iced and hot so we can't blame it on the extra flavors they add. No one in our home has a gluten allergy that we are aware of, however, I am going to give this one a try as I do LOVE your original deep dish. You are so thoughtful to consider the diet restrictions of the other cooking club members. Are those just deli slices of cheese on your pizza?
    • Biz
      Don't get me wrong, Hannah and Jacob still go to Starbuck's at least once (OR TWICE!) a day, but now that I know how to clean it, hopefully it will continue to make a great cup of coffee at home. I am too cheap to buy Starbucks without a gift card :D And yes, I normally used sliced cheese on my pizza because it's sometimes cheaper - my store had sliced mozzarella and provolone for $3.99 a pound! And that way definitely get cheese in every bite :D Fingers crossed the gluten free pizza tastes good to someone with gluten allergies :D
  4. I have gluten free flour in the cupboard because I am always willing to try things just for the heck of it. I have only done things like sweet bread with it. I actually don't eat a lot of pizza, can you believe that? Only as a cheap date night LOL
  5. Beth S
    My boy has celiac so I will give this a try! I'm not much of a baker I usually just use the premade crusts you can get or use a mix. But I'll give it a go :)
  6. I've had a dessert made with Bob's gluten free flour, and it was better than the regular. And I got a couple bags of Krusteaz's gluten free flour because it was on sale, and it is excellent too. Now I want pizza :)
  7. Yay for a new Keurig! I like a cup of coffee made with the Keurig much more than what we make with our regular coffee pot. Interesting how you're coming to some good realizations regarding food choices over the weekend...this might be your year for making the weight loss stick! I've seen you lose it, I know you can do it, but as we both know, it's the keeping it off that is so challenging. You can do it!!
    • Biz
      Yep, we've seen my lose it, but let's hope its sticks this year! So proud of your running adventure last weekend - reminds me that I need to get myself out there more :D
  8. Randi
    Its very hard to make decent gluten free pizza/baked goods. Yours looks great. Check out Cook's Illustrated's recipe( its free on Americas test kitchen.com) to see how yours compares. I'm sure she will be so appreciative to eat some great pizza that is gluten free.
    • Biz
      I'll have to check that out Randi - thanks for the tip. I know, most of the other gluten free pizzas looked like ass online :(
  9. Krista
    HOLY SHIT I'm so excited about the GF pizza crust recipe, Biz! I've recently (since October) found out that I have a gluten intolerance and while I've found that Trader Joe's frozen GF pizza as well as Freschetta GF are decent, I really miss being able to make it from scratch and have it turn out well. I'm a great baker and cook, but this GF baking has a very steep learning curve and since my taste buds still remember how awesome artisan breads taste, I've been really struggling. I've got pizza on the menu next week, so I'm definitely giving this a try. Also what you said about working so hard during the week with your diet/exercise and then throwing it out on the weekend really resonated with me. I'm going to take your lead and try to find a Saturday thing to do (maybe not hot yoga, because the thought of a stuffy room freaks out the claustrophobic in me).
    • Biz
      Yes! Let me know how the pizza works out for you - I hope I didn't hype it up too much, but I really think this is an awesome pizza. sorry about the gluten intolerance - gluten is everywhere! Actually the hot yoga class isn't nearly what I thought it was going to be - the room isn't hot per se, just really warm, and with our winter just setting in, it's a nice comfy room! :D
      • Ginger
        Made this tonight and everyone loved it! It is seriously the best GF pizza crust recipe I've tried and leaps and bounds better than the shitty crusts I've been buying from the store. GF baking has been really hard for me...the learning curve is so steep and I found myself crying this afternoon after another fucking kitchen fail from a GF blog recipe (GF flours are expensive!). Anyway, long story short, I pulled up my big girl panties and forged on with your recipe and pretty much did a happy dance when it turned out. THANK YOU! You're amazing.
        • Biz319
          That comment made my night! So excited to hear that you liked it - I was worried that I may have hyped it up too much, but so glad that someone who actually has had shitty gluten stuff could tell me if this was good or not. #sohappyforyou!
  10. Caron
    My daughter has been gluten free for two and a half years. We mostly keep a gluten free house because it is easier than trying to be super careful with regular gluten things around. Just in case the lady at your cooking group is extremely sensitive, be careful going between the two types of pizza when you are preparing them. Using parchment paper is a great idea by the way. We've tried several gluten free pizza mixes that aren't great and we occasionally get the gluten free pizza from Papa Murphy which is okay. I hope to try your recipe too. When we do, I'll let you know our verdict.
    • Biz
      Thanks for the tip Caron - my plan was to make the gluten pizzas ahead of time at home (since they are deep dish and bake in a cake pan) and then do the gluten free pizza at the house. Let me know how it turns out for you Caron! :D
  11. Boy, do I feel you on taking care of yourself. For me, by Saturday, I'm pretty tired. I do a ton of prep on the weekend for the family during the week. The list this weekend was SO LONG. It works - I mean, Friday night we had leftovers and just enough of them. Only a tiny bit of chicken left, enough for lunch. But, sob, that means on Saturday I have to cook again. Not just prep but ALSO lunch and dinner for the family. It's enough to make me want to cry. And that's AFTER the 9 am swim lesson (when the toddler isn't barfing) and grocery shopping. I was doing really well in Oct/November. Lost 13 lbs (well, the stomach flu was part of that, so let's just call it 10 lbs). Then we had cold after cold after stomach flu. Stuck in the house, and then husband traveled for a week. I haven' t been sleeping well at all (not sure why), and I've been off my game. No workouts. I can't drag my butt out of bed to work out at home (and the kids wake up anyway and want the TV). When husband is gone (like he will be all next week), I can't get to the gym. A few days of 1.5 mile walks has been it. :( Anyway, wine and bread and I've gained back 5 lbs. Well, today, I realized that I can play my workout DVDs (at least some of them) on the computer, which is in the bedroom. I was home 1/2 day with the kids, so I let them play video games/ watch TV in the living room, and worked out in the bedroom. Glorious! Who knows if I will keep it up. I am going to try that gluten free pizza mix.
    • Biz
      I have no idea how you do it with two active boys AND work AND put all the food together. I mean, even though Hannah and Jacob live with me, they are kadults, so it's really just me I have to take care of, so I don't have any excuse not to kick ass. :D Let me know how you like the pizza - sending hugs your way, and if I lived any closer to you I'd come over and help you cook! :D
  12. It's so easy to go overboard with food and alcohol on the weekend! Good for you to think about how to keep things reasonable on the weekend... For me, I know I'm sometimes a bit too strict during the week, and I think that leads for me to go a bit overboard on the weekend... The hot yoga class sounds like a wonderful way to start the weekend! I'll have to get back to an exercise class on Saturday mornings... That pizza sounds great! I'll definitely give it a try! The recipe is printed out, ready to be made soon!
    • Biz
      Well, not having the wine, and modifying my behavior about eating snacks after dinner, seems to be working. I still only plan on weighing in every two weeks - my co-worker weighs herself every.single.day and will come in and wonder why she's up 10 ounces from the day before. Crazy!
  13. That pizza looks really good! I believe we've tried their gf dough and it was really tasty--close enough to the "Real" thing--the only downside was the dough was extra sticky and elastic which made it hard to roll out. But flavor wise it was great.
    • Biz
      I never roll out my dough - simply put my fingers in flour and "dimple" my way to a perfect circle. I'll have to do a video sometime! It's the only way to get a perfectly round pizza :D
  14. We just finished episode 6 of MAM as well -- and are similarly avoiding as much info as we can until we finish (although I think I know how it ends, but my husband apparently does not). It's funny because a few of my running friends have watched it and we're in the weird stage now where I talk about it and what I think on almost all our runs, but because they're sweet, they basically have to just listen to me and not say anything because they know I don't want any spoilers. I bet they can't wait for us to finish! Certainly will be done by the end of the weekend.
  15. Tonyne
    I don't know why but until I read this post I swear to Christ it never dawned on me to watch Netflix on my phone or tablet while at the gym. #lifechanged

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