Chicago Deep Dish Gluten Free

Chicago Deep Dish

 

My kids love pizza and recently we were talking about Chicago Style Pizza.  They had never tried it before so I decided to take a shot at making some gluten free.  I reviewed lots of recipes online, but decided on a simple one using the Betty Crocker gluten free rice flour blend.  Although my crust didn’t rise too much (I only gave it an hour so next time I’ll try it longer) the result was one of the best gluten free pizzas we’ve had as a family.  The kids and everyone in attendance loved it.

Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose gluten-free flour
1 1/2 teaspoons xanthan gum
1/4 cup coarsely ground yellow cornmeal
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons kosher salt
4 tablespoons canola (or other neutral) oil
3/4 cup warm water (about 100° F)
1 to 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil for drizzling

Directions

  •  In a medium-size bowl or the bowl of your food processor, place the flour, xanthan gum, cornmeal, yeast, sugar and salt and stir or pulse to combine.
  •  To the flour mixture, add the 4 tablespoons of canola oil and the water in a steady stream, either pulsing in a food processor or mixing with a spoon or fork to combine. If you are using a food processor, pulse while streaming in the water, until a ball begins to form. Otherwise, stir constantly while streaming in the water and continue stirring until the mixture begins to come together. If the dough seems super sticky, add some more flour a tablespoon at a time, and stir or pulse to combine. Press the dough into a disk.
  •  Place the dough in another medium-size bowl and drizzle it with the olive oil. Turn the dough to coat it with oil. This will prevent a crust from forming on the dough while it is rising. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place it in a warm, draft-free area to rise until it is about 1 1/2 times its original volume (about 1 hour or more).
  •  After the dough has risen, wrap it in plastic wrap and chill for at least an hour.
  •  When you are ready to make the pizza, preheat your oven to 425° F. Grease well with canola oil a 12 inch round baking dish or a cast iron skillet if you have it.
  • Press the pizza dough evenly into the bottom of the pan and up the sides, leaving a small clean edge toward the top of the pan so there aren’t exposed edges that can burn easily during baking. The corn meal will have made the pizza dough much less smooth and pliable than ideal, but it is worth it for the taste in the final product. Trust me.
  •  To assemble the pizza, use whatever ingredients you like. Slather the bottom and sides of the crust with softened unsalted butter. This will give the crust a nice buttery taste.  Then layer in slices of cheese of provolone cheese then whatever else you like (I used cooked italian bulk sausage, pepperoni, fresh basil, bacon fresh sliced tomatoes, & mozzarella cheese), cover with tomato sauce and a thin layer of finely grated Parmesan cheese.
  •  Tent the pan with aluminum foil, and place it in the center of the preheated oven.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, uncover, and bake again until the sauce and cheese are bubbling and the crust is nicely browned (about another 10 minutes).
  • Cool in the pan for at least 10 to 15 minutes. Serve right away.

I made a homemade pizza sauce for my pie using these ingredients:

28 oz can crushed tomatoes

1 medium white onion diced

2 large garlic cloves, minced

2 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp granulated garlic

1 T dried italian seasoning

1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flake

pinch of sugar

1/2 c water

Put everything in the pot and simmer for a good hour for the sauce.

 

Hammock Trading Co Restaurant (Sandy Springs, GA)

Recently our company took us to a new local restaurant located on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs, Georgia.  There were hammocks hanging from the ceilings and Jimmy Buffet music was playing in the background.  There’s a great bar with large HD TVs if you want to hang out and watch your favorite game.

There were lots of delicious seafood goodies on the menu along with their famous watermelon mojito.  I was blown away by their good food.  We later learned the chef of Hammock has worked at the Bellagio in Vegas and at Bones in Atlanta.  The dedication to his craft really shows in his food.

On Tuesdays they have $2 street tacos so I called them up to inquire a bit more about them.  They are served on charred corn tortillas and you today could have them stuffed with either brisket or shrimp.  The shrimp also features radish, onion and cilantro.  The brisket has a kick of jalepeno coupled with tomat, onion and cilantro.  I decided to order three tacos and give them a try.   I was pleasantly surprised to find that the chef had decided to treat me to four tacos at no extra charge.  The fresh shrimp was juicy and you could taste some chili sauce.  The brisket has a great kick to it and is really flavorful.

On my first visit I had the oysters rockefeller and some homemade bbq chips with a blue cheese sauce, scallions and bacon.  Did I mention the watermelon mojito? 

This place rocks!  Please overlook the fact that they are situated next to Happy Hocker Pawn and get over to the Hammock to treat yourself to some seriously good eats.  Your taste buds will thank me!

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Grilled Chick Fil A Nuggets

I heard a coworker talking last week about Chick Fil A‘s new grilled chicken nuggets and I thought I had died and gone to heaven.  Could this be?  A gluten-free chicken nugget option with gluten-free dipping sauces?  I was intrigued, but I patiently waited and ordered them this week for lunch from the Roswell Road (Sandy Springs) location.  I decided to also order a side salad and waffle fries since I didn’t know the size of the grilled nuggets.  Boy, am I certainly glad I did that because if I had just ordered the six pack nuggets and salad I would still be starving right now.  These nuggets are on the small side so make sure you order more of them or plenty of sides to fill you up.  The nuggets do deliver on taste though.  They are well seasoned and juicy and did I mention they are GLUTEN-FREE

Your kids can enjoy these nuggets as a much healthier alternatives in a kid’s meal served with squeezable applesauce and milk.

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