So this is a simple recipe and doesn’t take very long to prepare. It especially doesn’t take long to prepare if you have a friend or family member to do it with. Getting a pre-mix for the Pizza dough also saves time.
I recently invited a friend over for dinner while my husband was away on a business trip. We decided to do a homemade real Italian Pizza like my grandmother would have put together, but of course Gluten free due to my Celiac disease. So here it is:
1- pizza crust mix Gluten free (choose anyone you can find, there are several that are good, I use Bob’s red mill)
2-pizza sauce or spaghetti sauce (I use Prego or classico)
3-toppings of whatever you choose: Example: bacon, mushroom, hamburger, anything or combination you would see at a pizzeria . You could do a veggie combo. Whatever!
4- sliced provolone cheese
5- shredded mazzarella cheese
6-parmesan cheese shredded
7-1- small can of sliced black olives
8- black pepper just sprinkle it on to taste
9-Italian seasoning sprinkle to taste
10- garlic powder again, sprinkle to taste
11-oregano, same thing, sprinkle to taste
Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees
1- prepare Gluten free pizza crust mix as directed on package. I used Bob’s red mill, and just followed the directions on the package.
2- Decide what toppings and sauce you will use. I used bacon (fried ahead of time till crisp), hamburger cooked thoroughly, sautéed onions, garlic and mushrooms, sliced black olives, and then 3 types of cheese (Parmesan, Mazzarella,and Provolone). Use as much or as little of the cheeses to your liking and taste. Some of my guests like a lot of cheese, others like the cheese lighter.
3- Note: the directions on the package for the crust mix will tell you to pre-bake it about 7 minutes or so, then pull the crust out and begin to create. Directions may vary!
4- Start with your sauce as mentioned above. Spread the sauce on the pre-baked crust,just enough to cover the whole crust, but not the edges where you want your crust raised. Then add toppings one by one, except olives), spreading them all around evenly. Top with cheese, one brand of cheese at a time. Then sprinkle with oregano, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and black pepper, all to taste, be sure not to over-do, as the spices and herbs can be very strong. A little goes a long way. Last spread sliced olives over the top evenly around. Then you are finished and it is ready to bake. Bake at 425 degree pre-heated oven. The final baking time can take 20 minutes or longer depending on how thick your toppings have built to. The crust should be nice and brown in color, and the cheese should look crispy and brown.
5-let it sit to cool and set about 10 minutes before cutting and serving. And Enjoy!