So I married a pizza lover. He could eat pizza several times a week and be perfectly happy. Even before I had to change my diet I wasn’t a huge pizza eater. If I had pizza a few times a year I was quite content. I decided he has been deprived of pizza long enough and I began my quest for a good gluten-free pizza crust. I did not come up with the crust, but I will one day and when I do I will let you know! We got this recipe from some friends who got it off of Gluten Free on a Shoestring. I think our friends might have tweaked the recipe a bit and then I added a few minor tweaks so I am not sure how close this is to the original recipe, but it is GOOD. We could not get over how delicious our dinner was last night. My husband said he felt like he had been to some fancy restaurant, but we made it ourselves (which makes it even better)!The crust is a garlic rosemary crust. In our house garlic and rosemary are one of those meant-to-be combinations. I know if I ever pair the two together my husband will be in heaven:-) It is really easy to make. Simply add everything to a mixer and turn the speed on low until your dough has formed. Then shape the dough into a crust and pre-bake before putting on your sauce, cheese (optional) and toppings.My amazing husband made up our pizza sauce. He just threw a bunch of seasoning with the tomatoes until he was satisfied. I did my best to get an actual recipe out of him:-) For the most part you can mix your favorite herbs (or what you have on hand) with your tomatoes and call it good.We left our toppings simple, grilled chicken and roasted broccoli. We grilled our chicken plain, but if you wanted to throw a few spices or seasoning onto the chicken before grilling it, that would be great as well. Grill each side of the chicken for a few minutes until the chicken is almost cooked (it will finish cooking in the oven). So even though this is the last paragraph I would actually roast your broccoli first. That way you won’t be sitting around at the end waiting for your broccoli to be done. Once your broccoli is roasted, chicken grilled, crust made and pre-baked and your sauce assembled you can build your pizza! Crust. Sauce. Cheese. Toppings. Bake. Eat. Smile.
Rosemary Garlic Pizza Crust (gluten-free!)
1 ½ t xanthan gum
2 t yeast
½ t salt
1 t baking powder
2 T olive oil
1 t agave
¾ C warm water
½ t minced garlic
1 t rosemary, roughly chopped
- Preheat the oven to 450-500 F (depending on altitude). Mix all ingredients together and place dough into a lightly oiled pan (I used a pie pan).
- Using your hands push dough down to form the crust against the bottom and edges of your pan. Precook in the oven for 7 minutes; set aside until sauce and toppings are ready.
Tomato Herb Pizza Sauce
1 (15 oz) can of diced tomatoes
½ t dried oregano
1 t salt
¾ t pepper
- Drain the liquid off of the tomatoes and mix all your ingredients together. Some of the seasoning is to taste based on your own preferences. You can add in a few different herbs. Do whatever sounds best to you. Pizza sauce should be about twice as strong as spaghetti sauce.
Tuscan Grilled Chicken Pizza (serves 2)
Rosemary garlic pizza crust
Tomato herb pizza sauce
Mozzarella cheese (optional) *
3 small chicken breasts or thighs
2 medium heads of broccoli, roasted
- Chop broccoli into small pieces and roast for 20-30 minutes.
- Thaw chicken, if frozen. Place on the grill and cook each side for a few minutes. (It doesn’t need to be entirely cooked, because we will cook it in the oven for a little bit, but it should be mostly cooked.) Once it is ready, remove chicken from the grill and cut it into small pieces.
- After your chicken is cooked and while your broccoli is roasting you can make your sauce. Then once your dough has pre-cooked, spread the sauce evenly over the crust. Sprinkle your cheese over the sauce and add your toppings.
- Return Pizza to the oven and cook for 10 more minutes.
* I don’t usually eat dairy, but for this pizza we made an exception. (I figured this once wouldn’t kill me.) We have done cheese-less pizza in the past and it has still been wonderful!
* *We poured balsamic vinegar into a little container and dipped our pizza into it… it was divine:-)