Pizza is one of those foods that it seems no one can truly ever give up! Toppings have always been flexible to meet everyone’s needs, cheese is pretty optional when you get down to it, and you can change up the sauce from traditional tomato sauce to pesto, white sauce, or even just olive oil if you need to. But the dough is something that often causes issues, and it just can’t be skipped!
We’ve recently found great options for gluten free and paleo crust (vegans catch a break in this department because at least most homemade dough is already vegan friendly).
Gluten Free Crust
This recipe for homemade gluten free bread works perfectly as pizza dough! While I don’t usually pre-bake pizza crust I do like to pre-bake this one for 10 minutes to help keep it crisp once the toppings are on. If you don’t have all the gluten free flours on hand it also works with a good gluten-free flour mix. I’ve also had good results using a regular pizza dough recipe (like Gatheredtable’s quick pizza dough) and just subbing in gluten-free flour mix and 1/2 teaspoon baking powder. As with all gluten free baked goods, handle the dough carefully. It won’t knead like normal dough and should be handled with wet hands. If you want to go one step further, you can also make your crust gluten free AND paleo friendly.
While there are many ways to make pizza crust paleo it seems like the overall winner has been the cauliflower crust. You can easily add different herbs and spices to it (garlic, onion and nutritional yeast are favorites) to mask the cauliflower flavor a little, but I personally love cauliflower so I leave it pretty plain. Even as a non-paleo person I love this crust, it’s a great way to get a few extra veggies into pizza. This will look deceivingly not like dough, you’ll have to press it onto a well greased pan or parchment paper. The first time I made it I treated it a little too much like normal pizza dough and ended up with it very stuck to the pan. This crust also does best when you pre-bake it for about 15 minutes.
Then top either with your favorites toppings and enjoy! See our Homemade Pizza 101 for tips & recipes.