Thursday, May 31, 2012

Gluten Free Pizza

I live in a town with the maybe the largest array of gluten free pizza options in the world.  When I heard that Domino's was offering a "gluten free" pizza, I wasn't too excited.  The difference between Domino's and the rest was that this could be delivered to my door in 30 minutes or less, and that got me excited.  I haven't had food delivered since I was a gluten-eating monster in college where we ordered out for Chinese and Pizza regularly.  So, it was raining, we didn't have any decent food one weekend, and I put in an internet order at Domino's for a gluten free pizza for myself and a gluten-filled one for Dave.

First off, it was expensive.  I think the last time I ordered a pizza was in 2003 when I could get a large cheese from Papa Johns for about $12 including tip and feed several people.  I was a little shocked that I was getting "fast food" quality food for such a massive price, although it did end up feeding me for two meals 

Yes, I had read that Celiacs like myself shouldn't eat the Domino's pizza because of preparation methods, but you know what?  I go out to eat probably once a week and sometimes I get glutened and sometimes I don't.  It is a risk I take to live a fun life.

The pizza reminded me of the crust of a Z-Pizza.  The Domino's crust, however, was greasy.  The sauce, cheese, and topping situation was not very fresh tasting.  When I was done with about half the pizza for my dinner, both Dave and I were super thirsty the rest of the night.  I don't think that we're used to such a salty assault on our pallets.  When I go out for gluten free pizza in town, I usually get incredibly fresh tasting cheese, a tomato-tasting sauce, and fabulous fresh vegetables.  This just didn't measure up, especially because the price was similar to the price I'd pay when going out.  The good news is that it didn't make me sick.  Points for Domino's in that respect, although that could be dependent on the particular Domino's I ordered from.  Like I said, I live in a town that is very gluten-aware.  It really doesn't matter, though.  I can make a better pizza at home in 10 minutes, so there's really no reason for me to bother with Domino's ever again. 

Here's how I do pizza:

I love using the toaster oven instead of the real oven.  What an energy-saver!

Crust:  Udi's gluten free

Sauce:  Prego pizza sauce if I'm in a hurry, home made if I've got 10 minutes.
Home made sauce:
In a skillet, heat a Tablespoon of olive oil.  Add minced garlic.  Lightly brown the garlic, then add a can of whole tomatoes.  Begin to squish the tomatoes as much as you can in the skillet and let it simmer for 10 minutes.  I like to add a dash of oregano, basil, and salt while it simmers.  For a smoother sauce, food process it.

We keep shredded mozzarella in the fridge for pizza as well as pepperonis (read the label on these just to be safe) and peppers.  Yum!  I top it with crushed red pepper for spice, oregano, and Parmesan when it comes out of the toaster oven after 10 minutes.

Do you have a favorite gluten free pizza?  


Jaclyn said...

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- it is a cool place to share the best online resources for people with Celiacs, or any other health ailment. Keep it up! Life without Lucky Charms never looked so good!

YellowBunnies said...

That is so sweet, thanks Jaclyn!!!