gluten free is the way to be & a gluten free pizza crust that is actually GOOD!

gf pizza crust

for over a year i have tried to limit my gluten intake when it comes to food.  i cant stay away from beer & bourbon (the good news is there are a lot of gluten free vodkas out there).  in february of last year i didn’t feel well after having indulged in a few too many gluten filled foods.  my best friend has had celiac disease for quite a few years and after telling her that i wasn’t feeling well, she suggested to take the gluten out of my diet.  i did and within 3 days, i felt like that new person.  i am lucky enough to not have celiac disease, but i certainly feel it if i eat a few pieces of pizza or a sub from jimmy john’s.  so i cut bread, pasta & pizza out of my diet unless i think that feeling like i have a basketball in my stomach for a few days is worth it.

there are a lot of great gluten free products out there that replace pretty much anything you would crave as a gluten free eater, but the fact is they just don’t taste the same.  i would like to sit here and be able to tell you that i have master gluten free baking and have magical recipes to share with the world, but the fact is… gluten free baking is TOUGH!

i just stick to things that are naturally gluten free like corn tortilla and rice products.  but i have become a HUGE fan of betty crocker’s gluten free bisquick.  while my waffles will never be the same as i used to be able to eat, these are pretty amazing.

one thing i dearly miss is pizza and i have found that most gluten free pizza crusts very much fall short of even tasting ok.  so recently i checked out the side of the of my trusty betty crocker gluten free bisquick box and BOOM there was a recipe for pizza crust.  since i wanted a thin crust this is the adapted recipe i came up with…

thin crust gluten free crust
makes 1 14×8 inch oblong pizza crust

2/3 cup gluten free bisquick mix
2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons olive oil
1/4 cup water
1 egg, beaten
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

. preheat oven to 425 degrees
. mix all of the above together
. grease baking pan with olive oil
. place dough in center of baking sheet
. spray your fingers with non stick spray (this is key) & spread dough out until its just thin enough that you know it’s not going fall apart after baking
. bake for about 12 minutes, until the center of the bottom of the crust is crispy
. take out of oven, top with whatever you’d like * & place back in oven until cheese is melted and delicious

* i used roasted fennel, ricotta (drained of liquid), grilled chicken italian sausage, red onion, fresh mozz (pressed of liquid) & parm.  also the lighter on the toppings the the more likely the crust will stay crisp and not fall apart when you go to pick up a slice.

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