Quick – What’s one of the best ways to get people excited about cooking? Make-Your-Own Pizza Night! It’s fun, creative and, thanks to innovations in the food industry, it can be totally gluten-free.
Last night, I crafted a fresh, delicious and cheesy pie using French Meadow Bakery’s Gluten-Free Pizza Crusts. The company sent me a sample of crusts so I could test out their new recipe for BBQ Chicken Pizza (3 other bloggers tested out gluten-free recipes last week and there’s 2 more to come this week).
Upon opening the package, I found the pizza crusts to be smaller than I expected – more of a personal pan size than a family size. For me, that’s a good thing; a single crust would be plenty for my household of two. For a big family, it’s an opportunity to try different toppings on several pizzas.
The best thing about these gluten-free pizza crusts is that each comes in its own foil pan. That means you can take it right out of the freezer and pop it into the oven. (Read: No cornstarch or crumbs all over the counter.)
I had prepped and pre-cooked all of my toppings, so after 5 minutes when the crust was heated through, it took a matter of seconds to assemble the pizza and toss it back in the oven. One suggestion: Consider placing the foil pan on a baking sheet before putting it in the oven. It prevents you from having to awkwardly paw at the foil pan with a giant oven mitt.
This recipe called for gluten-free barbecue sauce in lieu of pizza sauce, then red onions, chicken and smoked Gouda cheese to finish it off. I swapped in yellow onions because I had some available, and I added some sautéed kale for extra greens. For garnish, I used fresh oregano.
The flavor combination was fantastic, especially the tangy barbecue sauce against the smoky cheese. The pizza crust wasn’t chewy or doughy; instead, it was soft, tender and a little flaky, almost like a quiche. In fact, I think the crust would be ideal for a breakfast pizza (which Anna of Gluten-Free? Gimme Three will be testing next week!) or even a dessert pizza.
Now, you’re probably wondering how much this gluten-free pizza crust will set you back. Each serving (about 1/3 of a crust) contains 120 calories, 3g of fat and 1g of sugar, so it’s one of the more reasonable options. Even the sodium content – 220mg or about 9% of the recommended daily value – can fit into a balanced diet. Of course, it all depends on what you top it with.
For more information about French Meadow Bakery’s Gluten-Free Pizza Crust, visit FrenchMeadow.com.
The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness is giving away two prize packs of gluten-free products from French Meadow Bakery. Enter to win here: French Meadow Bakery Gluten-Free Giveaway.