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.

 

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Pillsbury Gluten Free Cookie Dough

 

Pillsbury

The dough boy has come out with three gluten-free products:  chocolate chip cookie dough, pizza crust and pie crust.  I decided to try the cookie dough over the weekend.  The tub, found in your grocer’s refrigerated case, cost around $4.50 and will make approximately two dozen very small cookies.  The instructions on the tub tell you to scoop the dough by the tablespoon onto a cookie sheet.

After baking, this is what you get – tiny bite size morsels of yumminess.

Cookies

 

If you were a fan of the pillsbury cookie dough prior to going gluten-free then you should enjoy this product.  The taste and texture are very similiar if memory serves me.

After doing some research it would appear that Pillsbury does not make these products in a gluten-free dedicated facility; therefore if you have been diagnosed with celiac disease these cookies may have trace amounts of gluten in them.  For those that have gluten insensitivity these cookies might just hit the spot.

Uncle Maddios Gluten Free Pizza

Maddios Pizza

A new Uncle Maddios opened near my office and when I visited their website I noticed they offered gluten free pizza dough. Today I decided to give them a try for lunch.  When I walked into the restaurant I smiled because they were playing Frank Sinatra over the speakers, good taste I thought.  I was also met with a nice welcome greeting as I entered (similiar to Welcome to Moes!).  I placed my order and was impressed at how the staff handled the gluten free aspect.  The female employee who took the order immediately announced to her team “Gluten Free.  Changing gloves.”  Everyone on the line communicated they heard the order and then she proceeded to get the crust and make the entire pizza with her fresh gloves.  The pizza was placed in the oven and in about 5-6 minutes I had my gluten free pepperoni, portabella mushroom and extra cheese creation.  What’s interesting about Maddios is that you choose your crust, sauce and toppings so it’ s all custom made to order for you.

Now was it the best gluten-free pizza I’ve ever had?  No, the crust was thin and crispy, but I could definitely tell it was gluten free.  The sauce was a little bland and the toppings were decent.  If you are in the mood for a decent quality gluten-free pizza on the go I would say try out Uncle Maddios.  The service and staff I experienced will definitely bring me back.

Maddios 2

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Let’s Go Against the Grain

Garlic Bread

My Mom recently visited my Aunt out in Colorado and came back with a gift for me.  It was a crusty delicious baguette and get this….it was gluten free!  I had not heard of the company that made this heavenly baguette, but they are called Against The Grain.  These products do not contain wheat, soy, corn yeast or rice.  Against The Grain also has a couple of products that are dairy free too.  They create more than just baguettes.   They have bagels, rolls, pizzas and pizza crusts too.  All of their products come in a variety of flavors and can be found in Whole Foods stores as well as other locations.

I made garlic bread with our package of baguettes and my family couldn’t tell that this product was gluten free.  If you haven’t tried Against The Grain yet I highly recommend checking them out.  You can find a location near you at Against The Grain.

Johnny’s Pizza Goes Gluten-Free

Today was my first opportunity to try Johnny’s new gluten-free pizza.  You can only get one size, medium, which costs about $12 with one topping.  The crust itself is pretty plain tasting and on the thin side.  I wish they would add herbs inside the crust (like I do at home) to give it more flavor.  The texture was good.  It wasn’t grainy like some other crusts I have had.  All in all I thought the pizza was decent, but it didn’t blow me away. 

Maybe someday I’ll get my socks knocked off by a gluten-free pizza crust, but today was not that day.

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Johnny’s Pizza Mediterranean Salad

If you haven’t guessed already, I love italian food.  Some of our friends recently took a trip to southern Italy and I was so intrigued be the culture and the food.  I really want to go there and visit…..who am I kidding?  I want to go there and EAT!  I’m trying to talk my husband into going in about 5 years to northern Italy…..places like Venice and Tuscany.  Until then I will just enjoy this salad from Johnny’s Pizza on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs which combines lettuce, tomatoes, feta cheese, greek olives, salami, pepperoni, capicolla, provolone cheese and ham.  I opted for the oil and vinegar dressing.  This large salad was huge and full of delicious mediterranean flavors.  To try one yourself visit Johnny’s Pizza today!

Delicioso!

I will leave you with a picture of Tuscany (sigh)!

Tuscany Photos
This photo of Tuscany is courtesy of TripAdvisor

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