People ask me a lot about what to make to eat for their Celiac guests. And honestly, there’s so much more to choose from these days as more “Celiac friendly” gluten free products are available at the grocery stores. So here’s a tip on a quick and easy gluten free pizza you can make when you’re on the go. It’s also great to make in a pinch if you’ve got kids who are Celiac, or they bring home a school friend whose Celiac. I mean, what kid doesn’t love a good piece of pizza, right?!
This is the easiest and tastiest gluten free pizza you’ll ever make in under 1/2 an hour! And it starts with a trip to Costco to pick up one of two types of pre-made pizzas. The first is Sabatasso’s Gluten Free Four-Cheese Pizzas. The second is Pizza Oggi Hand Tossed Caprese Pizzas. Both brands are 100% certified gluten free and each box comes in packages of 2. You’ll find them in the frozen section. I was curious to see what the difference was between the two brands. And after trying both, it’s really going to depend on whether or not you prefer a thin crispy crust (Sabatassos) or more of a fluffy deep dish type of crust (Pizza Oggi).
I know for certain they carry these at the Langley Costco and also the Courtenay (Comox Valley) Costco so it’s likely most Costco’s in the lower mainland and on Vancouver Island have them. Strangely, these pizzas are not listed online.
Next, you need to add the toppings of your choice. I like mushrooms and pineapple on mine so I pick up *tinned mushrooms and pineapple at Costco and keep them handy in my pantry. Next year, I’ll be adding sweet basil to the garden containers so I’ll be able to have fresh basil on my pizza. Yum! You could pick up some delicious toppings from your local deli (or Costco) like pepperoni, ham, salami, olives, feta, etc. Just make sure you check that the deli meats are gluten free, and the olive brine is too.
Sabatasso’s gluten-free four-cheese pizzas are thin and crispy pizzas, but not too thin. There is just the right amount of cheese (and I like cheesy pizza) with just the right amount of tasty sauce. The sauce isn’t super spicy so if that’s your thing you could always some more spices and/or sauce with another layer of cheese if you wanted to. It’s been a while since I ate anything with wheat but I’m pretty sure you would not be able to tell this was a gluten free pizza crust.
Pizza Oggi’s gluten-free Caprese pizzas are thick and fluffy crusts. There is less sauce on these pizzas than Sabatasso’s but you can really taste the delicious seasoning. For cheese, I’d say it’s just the right amount of cheese. Oh, and if you have leftovers to eat the next day, Pizza Oggi’s crusts held up a bit better than Satabasso’s.
These pizzas are easy to cook once you get the toppings on them. Just preheat your oven to 450 degrees, and place your pizza on a pan in the center oven rack. Now, bake for 12 to 16 minutes until the cheese starts to turn golden brown. That’s faster than ordering for delivery and there are no worries about cross contamination. Voila, quick and easy gluten free pizza!
Pizza pairs well with a nice cold glass of beer. A safe and tasty gluten free beer is Glutenberg (pictured above). Only for your adult guests obviously. You can get it at the liquor stores and many restaurants serve it. BUT, be careful not to get a “gluten-removed” beer by mistake. Gluten-removed beers are made with traditional source ingredients like barley, then use various enzyme processes to break down the gluten; however, it may only render the final product under 20ppm gluten, which for many Celiacs can cause an adverse reaction.
I hope you find my tips helpful and now you know how to get a quick and tasty gluten free pizza on the go!
*It’s worth noting that many gluten free products are not necessarily marked gluten free; but, Kirkland is really great at listing specific allergens. If it doesn’t say wheat as an allergen, or in the ingredients, then you’re probably good to go. You can always check with the manufacturer by doing a quick search online.