In Search of the Perfect Gluten Free Pizza
We have been searching for the perfect gluten free pizza crust over the last few weeks. In the fertility cookbook, I create a brown rice pizza crust that, as my husband would tell you, took forever to perfect. I also love the quinoa flatbread that Tif and I showcased in the cooking dvd. After making and enjoying both many times, we both agree that it is delicious but sometimes it’s nice to have something packaged and ready to go.
And so our search began with Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Pizza Crust. I liked this one more than my husband did, possibly because I am strictly gluten free and the possibility of eating pizza is simply delightful to me! My husband found the dough was a little “wet” and didn’t enjoy it as much. This one comes with yeast in the package and the assembly is quite easy. It’s possible to split the serving into two and keep a portion in the fridge for the next day. This definitely is not the kind of pizza you want to eat cold in the middle of the night. Our recommendation: always eat it warm and cook for a little longer than recommended to ensure the crust is not soggy.
Our second attempt at gluten free pizza was straight out of the freezer section. This is a healthfood gal’s dream come true and the closest I get to “fast food”. Natures Hilights Brown Rice Pizza Crust was the easiest to prepare of the three we’ve tested. We both thought it was pretty good and we’ve enjoyed it several times since. The crust itself doesn’t have too much flavor so you will want to add all of your favorite toppings to spice things up. We loved this one with sauteed onions, mushrooms and goat cheese.
Our third choice has been our favorite so far. Even though it is the most complicated of the three we made, Dad’s Gluten Free Pizza Crust tasted the most like real pizza. This blend does not come with the active yeast and since we didn’t have any in the house we opted for Brewer’s yeast, which is not the same but did give us the added benefit of B vitamins. I think this product is pretty new on the market and it looks like they used to only sell in pre-made shells. Look for them on the shelves of your local health food store (the package is red). Again, the longer you cook this one, the better and crispier it tastes! We added leftover bolognese sauce, onions and mushrooms with goat cheese and the combination was absolutely delicious.
As an update, the Trader Joe’s 3 cheese gluten free pizza, pictured above, is really good and really inexpensive for those who love a simple pre made lunch or dinner. They also have delicious gluten free flatbreads.
I will keep adding to this post as we test more varieties. I would love to hear your recommendations.