Thursday, August 28, 2014

Diva In The Kitchen: Gluten Free Pizza

Computer problems.  A sick chihuahua.  Trouble sleeping.  Trying to clean the house in preparation for Bunco this weekend.  These are the things that are keeping me from doing all the blogging I want to do.  There is just too much going on and I am feeling highly unmotivated to do anything but sleep (which I don't do during the day).  But you know what isn't complicated?  Making your own gluten-free pizza!  This is not a sponsored post, by the way. - Gluten Free Pizza with Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Pizza Mix

One thing I totally miss since going gluten-free back in October is pizza!  We have found several gluten-free pizza options around town, but the problem is usually that they are way more expensive and not crispy enough for our liking.  After my cousin tried her hand with Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free Pizza Mix, I decided I would go ahead and try it too.  It has become a great option for us when we are craving pizza!  While it isn't super quick, it does make for a tasty dinner.

If you can't find the mix in any of your local stores, it is available on Amazon.  At this point, I have made the pizzas a few times and feel that I have finally perfected it to mine and my husband's liking.  I wanted to share what I did in addition to the directions on the package.

We typically make a vegetable pesto pizza and a BBQ chicken pizza.  For the veggies, I cut up two green peppers, a pound of mushrooms, and a whole red onion.  I tossed them in some avocado oil, seasoned them, and laid them out on a big cookie sheet.  With the oven at 450, I roasted them for about half an hour. - Gluten Free Pizza with roasted veggies

Meanwhile, prepare the dough according to the package instructions.  You have to combine the included yeast packet with warm water and let it sit for a few minutes before blending in the mix.  Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow the dough to rise for 20 minutes.  I sit my glass bowl on the oven so the warmth helps the dough even more.

For the last 10 minutes or so, place the two pans you will use for the pizza in the oven so they get really hot.  (The amount of dough makes for two 12-inch pizzas or one larger crust.)  When the dough has risen a bit, take the pans out and spray them with non-stick spray.  I use the coconut oil spray from Trader Joe's.  The dough is very sticky, so have a cup of water on hand for you to stick your fingers in.  I half the dough, mash it together to get rid of air bubbles, and place it on the pan.  With your wet fingertips, start pushing the dough out into a rough circle shape.  The last time I made it, the dough got thicker during the cooking process, so you can make it thinner than you think you need to and it should be fine.

Place the pizza shapes into the oven and bake until the edges are just getting golden brown.  This is roughly 10 minutes.  Doing this step alone did not make the dough crispy enough for me.  So I added the following step: After 10 minutes, take the trays out and flip the pizza crusts over.  The bottom (now the top) will be a nice golden color and already getting crispy.  The hot pan will start cooking the bottom side and, with time in the oven for melting cheese, it will be nice and crispy on the bottom. - Gluten Free Pizza with Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Pizza Mix

Once you have flipped the crust, you can start adding your toppings.  The BBQ sauce we used is by Woodstock in the Chipotle flavor.  It is mildly sweet with a nice heat to it.  It is really quite tasty!  The flavor goes really well with all the toppings and provides a little something extra.  Our other toppings for the BBQ pizza include cheddar cheese, chicken, the roasted peppers/onions/mushroom mix, and more cheese.  We forgot to add bacon last time. - Gluten Free Pizza with Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Pizza Mix, Woodstock Organic Chipotle BBQ Sauce

The pesto pizza has, you guessed it, pesto as the base.  We use a cheese mix and then load on roasted veggies like the pepper/onion/mushroom mix, roasted zucchini, raw spinach, sun dried tomatos, artichoke hearts, and chunks of feta. - Gluten Free Pizza with Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Pizza Mix

Once your pizza is dressed as you desire, pop those bad boys back in the oven until the cheese is melted and the crust is a nice golden brown.  Enjoy! - Gluten Free Pizza with Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Pizza Mix

Even your fuzziest of diners will want some! - Hungry Kiki

Again, this isn't a sponsored post, but I'd be game for one!


  1. The ginormous armholes were the reason I didn't like this shirt. I do like the way you've styled it with the purple skirt...All I had to go with it was black and it was like ho-hum. I used to wear the top + black pants most of the time to work, but now I'm more about black dresses because I'm lazy and it's summer and it's too hot to wear pants. The only pants I like right now are my 90's style printed palazzo pants. Except that UNLIKE in the 90's, these are KNITS and they feel like pajama pants. I always get tons of compliments on them too. I just wish they had fucking pockets.

    PS - the stuff I tried from Spruce & Sage, Flor, et al, was all polyester and lame. This shirt was the best of the bunch.

    PPS - I thought I would miss GB, but I kind of don't. I've been eyeballing their new arrivals, and nothing speaks to me.

  2. This dress looks great on you! Don't you have some pink sandals? Or pink shoes of some sort? Because they would probably also look cute with this.

  3. I was just at Costco today here in Australia and it is a Paleo and gluten free paradise. The prices for things like coconut flour, sugar and oil are the cheapest I have ever seen, and the same goes for buying nuts in bulk there.

    I'm going to write up a post about it because I get a lot of people asking me about paleo and where to source ingredients for that in Australia, I did it for a while last year.

    I had a great coconut flour pizza base recipe and it was nearly as good as bought bases from the shops.

    In case I have not already left a comment, this is also just a quick note to say hi. I visited your blog during the month of August and I liked what I saw, so I've added you to my feedreader and am following your blog. :)



  4. I have a couple pink options, most comfortably the pink canvas Croc wedges I bought. I was in flats for most of the day running around getting stuff ready, but I will try the pink ones with it next time and see what that looks like. :-)

  5. A majority of the new arrivals have not interested me either. The stuff that does is usually "special sizing" that probably won't fit me. I still have tons of stuff in my GB closet and I did delete the Flor and various similar brands products I had in there based on one of the emails you sent me with reviews. I might have one Spruce and Sage dress, though I don't expect it to be awesome.

  6. Seriously - Bob's Red Mill owes you! Your IG pictures have me salivating. I must try this! We make homemade pizza all the time. We're on a bit of a health kick in preparation for our trip to Scotland next week. I know we're going to gorge ourselves on Scottish food, beer, and whiskey, so we're trying to behave in the weeks leading up to it. We made caprese pizza last night on those FlatOut spinach tortilla things. It was tasty but not super substantial. Not like this thick, crispy crust you're featuring here! I think it'll be fun to try it! We've never tried to go gluten-free, but I'm not opposed to trying gluten-free products, especially ones that look this delicious! Your toppings look divine too, especially the roasted mushrooms and peppers. I am vowing to make this dish when we return from Scotland and need to go on a health kick AGAIN, this time to recover from our trip. lol

    <3 Liz

  7. I love this! The color especially. Purples and blues are definitely your colors, and this is such a great shade. It's almost like a dark periwinkle. So pretty! I too love the librarian/secretary look. I sported it almost daily when I was teaching. Then when I left the classroom, I rebelled a bit against the look. But now, seeing you in this, I feel a tug towards it yet again! The bow collar is really the sweetest touch. Librarian done wrong can look so stuffy and uptight. But this look has such playful, feminine touches that it's still fun and super fashionable.

    <3 Liz

  8. Thank you! It is such a fun look. It makes me feel a bit more adult and lady-like. lol I adore this purple/blue color. I need more bright jewel tones in my life!

  9. Thanks for following the blog! I am definitely glad you have liked what you've seen so far. I hope it continues that way. :-)

    I haven't been to Costco in a little while, but last time I was there I did find some Almond flour that has come in handy. They had a few snacky items, like chips, that were gluten free, but not a whole lot. We actually have to go this weekend, so I am going to take more time to browse and see if I find any hidden gems. Thanks for the tip! Hopefully, the Costco here has followed the same line of thinking.

  10. Oooooh, you are going next week?!?!?! I am SO jealous! I cannot wait to hear all about your trip! Sean and I are thinking of doing at least Ireland for our 10 year wedding anniversary. I have always wanted to go, but Scotland would be amazing too. I wish you a safe and super fun-filled trip!!

    I am on the lookout for GF pita bread so I can make falafel. I miss falafel so much and warm pitas and warm garlic naan bread. Bob's needs to get on that train! I am really loving making the homemade pizza. It is so fun to think of different toppings. I think next time I want to branch out and try something completely different. Hmmmmmm

    Let me know how you like it when you make it. The crust is definitely better crispier and I feel like it has a good texture otherwise as well. It doesn't taste grainy or like you are missing out on least for me. I do think of buttery pan pizzas from time to time though.


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