Gluten Free Cheese Pizza Recipe
Craving pizza? This is the gluten free cheese pizza recipe you need.
When you get a craving for gooey, melty cheese and tender dough, nothing but pizza will do. Unfortunately, if you follow the gluten free diet it can be difficult to come by good pizza. Even if you’ve managed to find a local restaurant that does it well, it can cost a pretty penny.
The good news is pizza is a fairly simple dish. It doesn’t take many ingredients, and it’s pretty easy to throw together. If you’re a fan of pizza, isn’t it time you started making your own?
Read on to learn everything you need to know about making gluten free pizza at home, both from scratch and using store-bought pizza crust like Schär Gluten Free Pizza Crusts.
The Best Gluten Free Pizza Crust
Pizza dough all starts with the same basic ingredients: flour, yeast, water, salt, and oil. From there, some recipes add eggs, herbs, even cheese to create a signature flavor. Simple as it may be a good pizza crust is what really makes for a good pizza.
If you follow the gluten free diet, you may think your days of enjoying pizza are over. The good news is many neighborhood pizza shops are starting to offer gluten free pizza and you can find plenty of gluten free pizza recipes out there as well. If you’re up to the challenge, you can even make your own gluten free pizza crust right in your own kitchen with a few simple ingredients.
Here are the steps to following making homemade gluten free pizza crust:
- Combine ¾ cup warm water with 1 tablespoon sugar and 1 packet (about ¼ oz.) active dry yeast in a small bowl.
- Stir well then let the mixture sit for a few minutes until it starts to look foamy.
- Combine 2 cups gluten free flour blend with a teaspoon of salt in the bowl of a stand mixer then add 1 large egg, 1 tablespoon olive oil, and a teaspoon of cider vinegar.
- Mix the ingredients on low speed for 1 minute then turn out onto a piece of oiled parchment.
- Shape the dough into a 10-inch to 12-inch round and bake for 8 to 10 minutes.
- Top the pizza dough as desired and bake for another 8 to 10 minutes to melt the cheese.
Though it can be a challenge to use gluten free flours, it offers some unique opportunities as well. Gluten free flours have amazing flavor and unique textures which can make for some pretty delicious pizza. Don’t be afraid to get creative and try this recipe with a few different blends.
Tips for Making the Most of Pre-Made Crust
Nothing is better than a freshly baked pizza prepared from homemade dough. Let’s be honest, though, who has time to put in all that effort? Gluten free pizza dough can be particularly tricky and sometimes you just can’t wait an hour or two to dig into a hot pizza pie. When you need pizza sooner rather than later, you turn to store-bought pizza crust.
Here are some simple tips for dressing up your pre-made crust:
- Brush some olive oil onto the crust (especially around the edges) before adding your sauce – the oil will also help make the crust nice and golden brown.
- Season the crust with a little salt and some Italian herbs – you might even add a dusting of parmesan cheese.
- Don’t use too much sauce – add enough but you don’t want it to bubble over or make the crust soggy during baking.
- Be generous with toppings, but make sure they’re thinly sliced and evenly distributed so they cook through.
- Bake your pizza on a preheated pizza stone or a rimmed baking sheet to make sure the edges come out nice and brown.
- Throw some fresh herbs onto the pizza right after it comes out of the oven – try basil!
The trick to a good homemade pizza is to keep an eye on it. When using store-bought crust that’s already been baked, all you really need to do is heat it through to melt the cheese and warm the toppings. Make sure your oven is nice and hot but don’t let the pizza burn. You can always throw it under the broiler for 30 to 60 seconds to brown the cheese once it’s melted.
Get Creative with Pizza Toppings
As much as you may love your neighborhood pizza place, you may not love the idea of shelling out a small fortune on pizza every month. Pizza places make their living on charging for toppings, but you may find yourself getting a little tired of the same old thing month after month.
When using store-bought crust like Schär Gluten Free Pizza Crusts, you have the freedom to get creative with your toppings. Plus, the pizzas are small enough that you can make a couple different types to please a crowd. The key is to slice your meats and veggies thinly to make sure they cook through without getting soggy or losing flavor.
Here are some pizza toppings to try out:
- Thinly sliced veggies like onions, peppers, and mushrooms
- Different kinds of cheese (try a mixture of flavors and textures)
- Sliced, diced, and chopped meats
- Ethnic cuisine-inspired toppings like taco pizza
- Swap out the pizza sauce for BBQ sauce, buffalo sauce, or white sauce
- Add a fried egg right in the center of the pizza
- Drizzle with a little homemade garlic sauce, ranch, or Sriracha
Here’s a tasty recipe for gluten free cheese pizza made with a trio of delicious cheeses, herbs, and garlic.
Recipe: Garlic and Herb Three Cheese Pizza
Homemade pizza has never been easier. Using Schär Gluten Free Pizza Crusts and a combination of herbs and cheeses, you can whip up a pair of perfect gluten free pizzas in under 10 minutes.
Servings: 4 to 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
- 2 Schär Gluten Free Pizza Crusts
- Olive oil, as needed
- 1 cup ricotta cheese
- 5 ounces soft herb cheese
- ¼ cup fresh chopped parsley
- 3 cloves minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- Dried Italian herbs
- Preheat the oven to 425°F and line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment.
- Place a Schär Gluten Free Pizza Crust on each baking sheet and brush with olive oil.
- Combine the ricotta cheese, soft cheese, parsley, garlic, and lemon zest in a medium bowl – stir until well combined.
- Divide the cheese mixture between the two pizza crusts, spreading evenly.
- Spread the shredded mozzarella over the pizzas in an even layer and sprinkle with Italian herbs.
- Bake for 8 to 12 minutes until the cheese is melted and the crust is browned.
- Cool for a few minutes before cutting into slices to serve.
- Notes: When it comes to choosing the cheese for this recipe, you have a little room for creativity. The ricotta makes for a creamy base that’s easy to spread, but you can pair it with just about any other soft cheese you like. Just choose something fairly mild, ideally with herbs (or mix in your own).