For the Gluten-Free Crust:
- 2 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour (make sure it has xanthan gum in it, if not, add 1 tsp)
- 1 packet (2 ¼ tsp) active dry yeast (instant yeast works too!)
- 1 ¼ cups warm water (110°F or 45°C)
- 1 tsp sugar
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp salt
For the Toppings:
- 2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 1 cup marinara or tomato sauce (ensure they’re gluten-free)
- Protein: cooked sausage crumbles, ground beef, pepperoni slices, cooked diced chicken, etc.
- Veggies: bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, olives, etc.
- ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (great for the layers of cheese!)
- Fresh basil or oregano for garnish (optional)
- Prepare the Dough:
- Put the sugar in the bowl with the warm water and stir until it dissolves.
- Add the yeast to the water, and let the mix settle for 5-10 minutes – or until it becomes frothy.
- Next, whisk the gluten-free flour and salt together in a large bowl to create a flour mixture.
- To the dry ingredients from step 2, add the yeast mixture from step 1, along with the oil and apple cider vinegar. Knead the dough until it forms – if it’s too sticky, add a bit more flour.
- Let the mixture in the bowl rise in a warm area for an hour, or until it has doubled in size, covered with a moist cloth.
- Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C).
- Use oil, a deep pizza pan, or a cast-iron skillet to form the dough. When the dough has risen, press it into the pan and up the sides to make a crust.
- If you prefer a thick crust, add more dough to the bottom of the pan. If you prefer thin crust, only add less dough – don’t forget the sides of the pan either!
- Start by spreading mozzarella cheese on the pizza dough as a base layer. After the cheese has melted, top it with the meat of your choosing.
- Cover the protein with marinara sauce and top with the vegetables of your choice.
- Top with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.
- Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in a preheated oven, or until the crust is golden and the cheese is bubbling and beginning to brown.
Take the pizza out of the oven and let it rest for a few minutes before serving. If you like, consider topping it with some fresh basil or oregano before slicing it and serving it hot.