My family went gluten free over eight years ago, and this year we are finally (finally!) enjoying amazing homemade pizza. We’re so thrilled about it that I just had to share our 5 secrets for perfect gluten free pizza.
You can even make this gluten free pizza Paleo by omitting the cheese and piling on a delicious sauce with veggies and meats.
5 Secrets to Perfect Gluten Free Pizza
We’ve tried a number of Paleo recipes for pizza crust (spaghetti squash, plantains, etc.) and while we enjoyed each of them, this one is the hands down winner. Cassava flour is the key ingredient to creating a Paleo crust that behaves and tastes pretty darn close to the real thing.
Here’s the pizza crust recipe we use. It’s so simple that I almost always delegate this task to my 12 year old.
Tip: Thickness is key. Roll out your crust pretty thinly and evenly. Too thick and it will be too dense and chewy. One recipe makes two 10-12 inch round crusts.
Temperature is key for perfect gluten free pizza! I never realized how hot the oven should be to bake homemade pizza until a super helpful cooking instructor at Sur La Table enlightened me.
Basically, you want to turn your oven up as high as it will go. For me, that’s 500° F.
Another mistake I’d been making for years was adding way too much tomato sauce to each pizza crust. This results in a soggy mess!
The key is to smear just a bit of sauce over the crust to add flavor and to hold everything together. I always use homemade tomato sauce, and I cook it down until it’s nice and thick.
A pizza stone makes better pizza than a metal pan, and it’s important to heat the stone before adding the crust or baking the pizza.
I’ve used a pizza stone, a perforated metal pizza pan, and a cookie sheet, and the pizza stone definitely works best. My stone isn’t even a fancy, expensive one, although I imagine a special stone could produce even better results.
This is another tip I learned from Mr. Sur La Table and it’s totally changed my life. Or at any rate, it’s totally changed my pizza game. A pizza peel most definitely contributes to perfect gluten free pizza.
I can’t even believe I ever tried to make or serve homemade pizza without this simple yet amazing tool! A pizza peel makes it SO EASY to transfer the crust, and then the pizza, from counter top to oven to dining table.
And there you have it! My 5 secrets for perfect gluten free pizza, secrets I wish I’d learned a whole lot sooner on my gluten free, paleo-ish journey.
Do you make homemade pizza? What’s your method for perfect gluten free pizza?
Kathleen Henderson is the yankee behind the homestead. Follow along as we grow real food and three boys while renovating a 20-acre farm in northern Virginia. Do you love homegrown food, Paleo-ish recipes, and natural living? You’re in good company! Let’s grow together…