How many kids tell you that their favorite food is pizza? I’m willing to bet almost every one that you meet. I know that’s what I hear all the time when I ask. When I was kid, I don’t remember having pizza that much and don’t remember loving red sauce. We definitely had pizza night and even made our own pizzas but I wouldn’t have labeled it my “favorite” meal. When Domino’s introduced “chicken kickers” we always ordered those for me to eat instead of pizza. I rarely ate pizza in my early adult life (I guess I’m still a young adult…) but in the past 6+ years, I’ve grown to L-O-V-E pizza. The best pizza is the homemade kind and homemade is the best way to eat pizza since going gluten free. I’ve used inspiration from past pizza experiences to make our own at home and I’m pretty convinced that I’ll never find pizza as good as the kind we make at home.
So, what kind of pizza do we make? Good question! Let’s talk about it…
The 2 types of gluten free crust we use are the Chebe Pizza Crust Mix and Caulipower Plain Pizza Crusts (frozen section of the grocery store). We’ve tried pretty much all the options that are easily available and these are our favorites. We have come to love the Caulipower so much because they are so easy – no par baking required! Top and toss it in the oven and you have dinner in ~8 minutes. *If you’re vegan and gluten free, we highly recommend this crust by Minimalist Baker.
Here’s our Olive Oil, Garlic, and Sun-dried Tomato Pizza on Chebe crust:
We also often use other cheeses we have on hand like parmesan, parmesan reggiano, etc. with the oil based pizza. My personal favorite we make is a ricotta cheese base with salt, pepper, Penzey’s Pasta Sprinkle, roasted tomatoes, basil, and a reduced balsamic glaze. Here it is on a Caulipower crust:
The Olive Oil and Garlic base on Caulipower crust:
Another pizza combination we make often is our take of “Margherita” with marinara sauce (preferable Rao’s Sensitive Marinara), basil, and mozzarella.
In the past we’ve experimented with all types of toppings including meats but these have been our longstanding favorites.
What are your favorite pizza combinations?
What’s your favorite place to get gluten free pizza? Comment below and share with me!