Make Your Own Pizza Night is a long standing tradition at Chez Peady and I will not be the reason it stops.
Not being able to eat delicious, chewy, crispy, fluffy, flavourful pizza crust (without feeling horrible) has put a serious dent in MYO Pizza night for the last little while and, quite frankly, we’ve had a lot fewer MYO Pizza Nights as a result.
I have had rather hit or miss experiences with making gluten free crusts. I’ve made this cauliflower crust and had it turn out great, but I have also made this exact recipe and had it turn out terrible. There are myriads of cauliflower crust recipes now – most are still just a variation on the same theme – and I have yet to find a sure thing.
So this week when I knew we were going to reinstate MYO Pizza Night, I knew I needed to approach it from a more creative place.
First, I prepped the pizzas for my family using pre-baked pizza stone crusts and the toppings they enjoy most which we, pretty much, always have on hand. Everyone has favourites and MYO Pizza Night is a great time to get what you want!
Daddy-O likes lots of veggies, cheese, pepperoni, and fresh jalapeño slices. Muy caliente!
Thing 1 is a carnivore and if the entire pizza could be fashioned out of meats and cheeses he would be praising cheeses!
Thing 2 likes a variety of flavours just as long as it isn’t too spicy.
The easiest way for me to deal with this, usually, is to have everyone make their own, but in the interest of saving time (there was a movie in our FFFN* plans) I just used the pre-made crusts and whipped up two pies! One for Daddy-O (leftovers were today’s lunch!) and one for Thing 1 and Thing 2 to share (again, leftovers for lunch today!).
They turned out great** and everyone was happy with a very simple MYO Pizza Night to ease back in.
Now what the heck was I going to do?
The trouble with needing a gluten free option is that it does take a bit of planning and extra preparation. Oh look! Two things I almost never do for myself! Shocker, eh?
You know what I almost always do for myself though? Think. So, I thought about what I needed and wanted and came up with a simple idea.
I would make a Pizza-Alike. It would have a tonne of veggies and jalapeños and it would not have a crust at all. Weird? Yup. Delicious? You bet your sweet bell peppers, it was!
Here is what it looked like.
This is what I did.
I used a glass pie plate and lined it with pepperoni slices (you could use another meat as a base).
I added my cheese (mozzarella & cheddar).
I added sliced red bell pepper, sliced mushrooms, some sliced jalapeño and a teensy sprinkle of parmesan.
I popped it into a 400 degree oven until it looked all melty, golden, yummy, and the pepperoni was crisp.
When it was ready, I removed it from the oven to let it cool a bit.
I sliced it into six wedges and placed them onto some paper towel and let them sit for a minute so some of the fat would be absorbed. (If you had a fat free or low fat pepperoni, based on this experiment, I’d say use that!)
Then I served up a few slices on a little plate with about a tablespoon of pizza sauce for dipping.
MYO Pizza Night Victory!
So tell me, are you gluten free? Do you eat low carb? Are there dietary restrictions *you* need to adhere to so you can be at your healthiest and happiest?
What alterations have you come up with so you can still enjoy your favourite foods?
Leave a comment and share with the whole class!
*Friday Family Fun Night. It’s a thing!
**The pizza crusts came from Costco and were an experiment. I was so happy they liked them. KISS! Simplicity rules!