Many gluten-free families don’t have the luxury of simply picking up a phone and ordering a pizza. And if another dietary restriction is added in, the odds of finding a gluten-free and dairy-, soy- or corn-free pizza parlor are even slimmer. Does that mean family pizza night is off the table?
The following recipes are just as good as—dare we say better than—that greasy pie from the pizzeria down the block. And they’re healthier, too.
Give traditional pizza a rustic Italian twist by using polenta in the crust. Or opt for a wholesome vegetable-based vegan pie with corn and zucchini in the crust. Though this crust takes most of the day to make, a lot of the time is hands-off so you can be doing other things while your crust turns wonderfully crispy in the oven.
Turn leftover pork, chicken or turkey into a Southern-inspired pizza with a Paleo Thin-Crust BBQ Pizza with Crispy Bacon. A second Paleo crust option is also free of nightshades, a group of plants that includes white potatoes, eggplant, tomatoes and peppers, as well as spice made from peppers such as paprika, red pepper flakes and cayenne pepper. A pesto that is also nut free substitutes for tomato sauce.
And if fast-and-easy is your preferred pizza method, we’ve got a pocketful of easy allergen-free combinations that you can use to top your favorite store-bought gluten-free pizza crusts—and all are decidedly more interesting than plain-Jane pepperoni pies.
So put the phone down. Fire up your latest Netflix find. Have the pizza cutter and your favorite toppings at the ready. Pizza night has never tasted this good.
Corn, nut, nightshade free; can be made dairy free
Paleo and can be made dairy free
Vegan and nut, egg, and dairy free
Dairy, egg, nut, refined sugar free and vegan
PIZZA CRUSTS FOR EVERYONE
We’re all for making your own pizza dough, but sometimes life calls for a little shortcut. Here’s a quick list of allergen-free store-bought pizza
crusts and mixes.
- Udi’s Gluten Free Pizza Crusts: Dairy, soy and nut free
- Authentic Foods Gluten-Free Pizza Crust Mix: Dairy, soy, corn, xanthan and guar gum and nut free
- Chebe Gluten-Free Pizza Crust Mix: Lactose, casein, soy, potato, corn, rice, egg, yeast, tree nuts and peanut free
- Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Pizza Crust Mix: Dairy free, vegan if made without eggs
- Rudi’s Pizza Crust: Soy, dairy and nut free
- Ener-G Rice Pizza Shells: Casein, dairy, egg, soy and nut free
- Smart Flour Gluten-Free Original Pizza Crusts: Nut, soy and dairy free
Use any of the crusts used in the previous recipes or your favorite store-bought or homemade gluten-free crust to make the following pizza combinations. Mix and match all you like—the choice is yours!