Make It Easy Monday: Homemade Gluten-Free Pizza

October is Pizza Month—what better way to celebrate than by making homemade gluten-free pizza?

Since I’m already a huge fan of many of Udi’s products, I was excited to find their pizza crusts at a grocery store nearby. I know there are tons of gluten-free pizza crust mixes out there, but when it comes to the kitchen, I’m a simple kind of gal. When I want pizza, I don’t want to have to make the crust myself—I want to be able to grab a crust, throw on my favorite pizza ingredients, bake it, and then eat it fairly quickly. Luckily, Udi’s pizza crusts allow me to do just that!

Udi’s pizza crusts are frozen and come two to a pack. I was delighted to see that the baking instructions were quick and easy (take crusts out of package, add toppings, and bake for 5-7 minutes) and that the calorie count actually seemed pretty reasonable. One serving (which was defined as half a crust) was 190 calories. I put leftover gluten-free marinara sauce, shredded mozzarella cheese, and Hormel turkey pepperoni on my pizza.

The pizza turned out to be delicious. It took a little while longer to get the crust as crispy as I wanted (just over 10 minutes), but it was worth the wait. The crust was neither too crispy or too chewy, and–unlike many gluten-free pizzas—it didn’t show any signs of crumbling or falling apart. Plus, it was easy to cut through.

Despite the fact that I had loaded up my pizza with cheese, the crust really held up well, not breaking or sagging under the weight of the mozzarella. I cut the pizza into 6 slices, all of which were incredibly yummy (I admit it, I was so excited to have such an amazing gluten-free crust that I ate my whole pizza in one sitting).

The bottom line: Amazing! A must-try for any gluten-free family that loves pizza and wants a quick, easy, and tasty option that they can make anytime, with minimal effort.

Where you can buy them: Shop Rite stores, Wegmans (also in the gluten-free frozen section), Whole Foods, and online at UdisGlutenFree.com.

Helpful hints: Although the package says to bake the pizza for 5-7 minutes (or longer if you’re cooking from frozen), I had to bake my thawed-in-the-fridge crust for a little over 10 minutes to get it to the consistency that I wanted.

Here’s how you can make your own pizza using Udi’s pizza crust!

What you’ll need to have on hand:

  • 1 pack of Udi’s pizza crusts
  • 2 cookie sheets, each topped with a sheet of foil (unless you are sure your oven is totally clean of gluten, don’t put your pizzas directly on the oven rack—always use a cookie tray instead)
  • A little cooking spray, so the pizzas don’t stick to the cookie trays (I use an olive oil-based spray from Wegmans that is marked gluten-free)
  • A jar of gluten-free marinara or pizza sauce (or try barbecue sauce instead!)
  • Shredded cheese, such as shredded mozzarella. If you’re dairy-free, try Daiya mozzarella style shreds.
  • Your favorite veggies and other toppings. Not sure what to add? Try these suggested combinations:
    • Chopped or sliced red, yellow, and green Bell peppers
    • Pineapple chunks (drained thoroughly) and bite-sized pieces of gluten-free Canadian bacon
    • Fresh, sliced tomatoes and basil
    • Sauteed spinach
    • Sliced mushrooms and peppers
    • Chopped broccoli

Here’s what you’ll need to do:

  • Thaw your pizza crusts, or plan to bake them from frozen
  • Preheat oven
  • Line your cookie sheets with foil; spray a little cooking spray onto the foil
  • Place one pizza crust onto each cookie sheet
  • First add sauce, then cheese, then any veggies or other toppings
  • Bake according to package instructions
  • Check pizzas after 5 to 7 minutes. If you like the consistency and feel of the crust, remove them from the oven and turn off the oven. If they feel like they need a little more time, leave them in and check on them every 1 to 2 minutes until you’re satisfied with the crust.

Easy, right?

If you try Udi’s pizza crusts, let me know what you think! Or, share your favorite homemade gluten-free pizza recipe below in the comments!

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