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Pizza Forever

4 gluten-free crusts plus 5 tasty topping combos add up to endless possibilities
Pizza Forever

Good news for pizza lovers who can’t have gluten: your dietary needs no longer have to limit your pizza preferences. When VT surveyed the indexes of the top gluten-free cookbooks, we found that even though they boasted hundreds of recipes, only one or two included pizza—and only one pizza crust per book! So we decided to remedy the situation.

On the following pages, you’ll find recipes for thin crusts, thick crusts, toppings, and gourmet compositions—all designed to satisfy any and every pizza craving.

When pizza dough (or any other yeast bread) is made with wheat flour, it needs to be kneaded to develop gluten and give it texture. But with gluten-free doughs, you can skip the kneading and just give the dough a quick stir.

October 2009 p.56

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Thin and Crispy Pizza Dough

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This crust uses a poolish, a sourdough-like starter allowed to ferment several hours, which makes the final result crisp without being cracker-like.

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Chewy Pizza Dough

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To save time, this crust proofs (rises) as the oven heats up. The dough is seasoned with garlic and onion powder for extra flavor.

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Fast and Fabulous Pizza Dough

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Don’t be surprised by the batter-like consistency of this speedy dough. It will be very thin and needs to be spread with a spatula or spoon, but once baked, the dough crisps up just like a regular pizza crust.

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Quick Pizza Sauce

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To avoid possible exposure to gluten from prepared tomato sauces, whip up this easy version that can be made with ingredients you probably have in your pantry.

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Gorgonzola, Fig & Spinach Pizza

Gorgonzola, Fig & Spinach Pizza

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Some Gorgonzolas are made with gluten-containing yeasts, so carefully check the brand.

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Simple Cheese Pizza

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When you need a plain pizza fix, this combination’s just the ticket.

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Roasted Ratatouille Pizza

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Satisfyingly chewy roasted vegetables mean you won’t miss the (mock) meat or cheese on this pie.

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Polenta-Goat Cheese Skillet Pizza

Polenta-Goat Cheese Skillet Pizza

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Baked in a cast-iron skillet, polenta develops a crisp crust. A vegetable peeler creates thin squash curls for the topping.

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Grilled Salad Pizza

Grilled Salad Pizza

The oven broiler “grills” greens to wilt them into a crisp-tender topping.

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comments

looks good

TuTone Lover - 2009-12-20 23:05:04

So, so, so, so, soooo happy VT researched and compiled this info for families with gluten issues!!! We LOVE healthy nutritious pizza and have been in a dilema as to what single gluten-free crust recipe we were going to come up with that we would all enjoy in spite of our different preferences. I have been resorting to ready-made frozen GF products (eh, good...but not as good as fresh, homemade). Now we have choices! Thank you sooo much VT!!!

Linee7B - 2010-01-18 18:53:30