Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Gluten Free Pizza- Success!

Well, pizza night was a success!

The regular pizza I made for my husband and kids was voted by them the best I have ever made and the gluten free pizza I made for myself was actually super good!

I used this recipe from The Gluten Free Goddess and even though I cut the recipe in half and am sure I made a few measurement mistakes (that's how I roll), I ended up with three individual sized pizza crusts- I used one tonight and froze the other two to use for dinner or quick lunches for myself. As you can see I ignored the part of the recipe that said to smooth the dough down but that did not impact the flavor at all. I also did not have tapioca starch so I replaced it with potato starch- can I just say holy moly when you are baking gluten free there are a ton of ingredients?

This is the finished product. I topped my pizza with nitrate free pepperoni, organic pasta sauce (I only pay $2.29 a jar at Whole Foods- what a steal), green peppers and mushrooms. Notice the lack of cheese- I am not only gluten free due to my Crohn's Disease but also dairy free for the same reason. 

The green peppers and mushrooms were from my freezer- I like to chop things up when they are on sale and freeze them for later use. It saves me money and ensures I never have to run to the store for last minute ingredients. To freeze the peppers I just chop them up and put them on a cookie sheet in the freezer. Once they are frozen I put them in a freezer bag. The mushrooms I slice and then sauté in olive oil. Once they are cooled I lay them on a cookie sheet in the freezer and then throw them in the same freezer bag as the peppers. 

I honestly have no idea how much the gluten free dough cost me to make. I do know without a doubt that it was more expensive than the regular dough I made but that is to expected when you are dealing with having to buy specialty flours. I can say for a fact though that making my own dough is cheaper than buying a mix and from what I have read, homemade gluten free dough tends to taste better.

Over a month ago I took charge of my health and made a drastic change in how I eat. While I love feeling better and not constantly having pain I also miss eating the things I used to. Finding a gluten free pizza crust recipe may seem like no biggie to many people but to someone who has a restricted diet it is like we found the holy grail.

Right now I am jumping with joy that I have two gluten free pizza crusts in my freezer just waiting to be eaten  : )

1 comment:

  1. I've always been hesitant to freeze mushrooms. I'll have to give your method a try!