Thursday, September 13, 2012

Gluten Free Meat Lovers Pizza!

Ok, who misses pizza? Let's see a show of hands. Yes, I'm asking you to raise your hands at your computer + pretend I can see you. LOL. ;)

(You know I just made you laugh)

Ok, now...who wants to learn how to make a delicious Gluten Free Pizza at home? The kind with fresh, yummy mozzarella cheese, delicious sweet basil sauce and topped with homemade ground beef + turkey pepperoni?

Still got your hands up?

Ok, good. Today, I'm going to show you how. :)

To make this recipe, you'll need Bob's Red Mill Pizza Crust Mix. What I love best about this brand is it's taste + accessibility. I can usually find this at my local Ralph's, Whole Foods, Sprouts, Henry's and yes -- even Big Lots. And I've bought it for as low as $2.50.

When in doubt + can't find it? As always, you can head on over to Amazon + get it shipped!


A Few More Reasons I Love This Brand...
* Bob's Red Mill understands the importance of us celiac folks eating Gluten Free. Check out their Gluten Free Story.

* They have a variety of products -- all of which I LOVE! I use their cornbread (FYI) to make a scrumptious Cornbread Stuffing for Thanksgiving even! (I can't wait to share this in the upcoming months!)

* Their pizza dough is one of the easiest to make! And trust me, I've tried a lot of GF brands. Instead of having to load your hands up with tons of oil to keep it from sticking to you -- you can just use water!


Prep Time!
Preheat your oven, friends. Do that first before anything else. 425 is the magic number! :)

Next, shred some fresh mozzarella cheese. I usually shred the entire block so I won't have prep later for other recipes I'll make later in the week. Fresh cheese is the safest for you!

Tear open the Pizza Crust bag + find the yeast packet. You'll feel a little bit like you're opening an old box of Cracker Jacks + looking for the hidden prize inside. ;)

Please tell me you know what this is. I fear I'm getting old.

Now...add the yeast packet to 1 - 1/2 cups of warm water. Let it sit for a few minutes.

Chop up some fresh herbs -- basil + oregano. If you don't have fresh -- dried herbs is O.K. too!

I want to chop up enough for about 2 tablespoons of each to put into the dough.

Ground Beef:
Lastly, cook up about 1 pound of fresh ground beef. 

Drain the fat. 

Add 1 -1/2 teaspoons of salt + pepper, 1- 2 teaspoons of red pepper flakes, and 2 teaspoons of 'Mrs. Dash' to the now, cooked ground meat. You really want to make sure it's nice and seasoned. This is key to this pizza tasting so amazing!

Note: Always be sure to TASTE your food as you go. Once the meat is cooked + you begin adding the seasonings -- Taste It. If it doesn't taste salty enough...add more salt. If you want it to have more of a 'kick' in flavor -- add more red pepper flakes. 

This should not taste bland. And remember -- it's always better to add a little + add more seasonings later as you go. You can always ADD but never take away too much salt or seasonings. ;)

Stir until combined. Turn off the heat + set aside for later.


Time To Make Some Pizza Dough...
Everything I've shared up to this point is on the back of bag, by the way. It's not until later when I add those fresh herbs I chopped up, that it becomes a "Katie dish".

Add 2 eggs + 2 tablespoons of olive oil to your electric mixer.

Add the water + yeast mixture you set aside to the bowl. Mix for just a minute.

Then add your Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Pizza Crust Mix the bowl. Stir until combined.

Now toss in your fresh herbs (oregano + basil) that you chopped up earlier.

Mix until combined. 

Cover bowl + put dough aside to rise for about 15-20 minutes. Sometimes I even put it on top of my already preheated oven for about 5 minutes, to give it a little help + make it go faster. ;)

You won't notice it rise that much, so don't worry if it doesn't look much different. It'll still taste great!


Time To Make A Pizza!
Run your hands under water + grab the pizza dough out of the bowl. Begin spreading it out nice and thin.

If your hands start to stick to the dough, add more water to your hands + continue spreading it out.

I like to use a nice BIG pizza pan because I like this crust thinner.

Here's the finished product:

Baking: Round 1
Now throw this baby into the oven, without toppings, for 7-9 minutes + let it crisp up a bit.

Toppings Time!
Once your pizza crust is out of the oven, it's time to add your toppings! I start first by generously coating the pizza with my favorite sauce. I used Classico's Sweet Tomato Basil Sauce.

Once you get a nice thick coat of sauce (I used about 3/4 of the jar) -- I begin topping all the remaining ingredients onto the pizza, including the cheese + meat I prepped earlier.

Lastly, add your GF turkey pepperoni!

Layer it on however you like it. This is, after all, your pizza! ;)

Baking: Round 2
Once you have all of your toppings on your pizza (remember, you can add anything you'd like -- this is just MY personal favorite) -- you place it back in the oven for 15 - 18 minutes.


Time To Eat!
Once out of the oven, let your pizza cool for about 8-10 minutes. This way the cheese and toppings that you spent all that time placing onto your pizza, don't fall off.

Cut, Serve + Enjoy!

Happy GF Eating Everyone + Happy Return of Pizza To Your Kitchen!

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