THE RECIPE BOX: Gluten-free pizza a cheesy choice that doesn’t sacrifice taste

This tasty gluten-free pizza calls for almond flour in the recipe. (Staff Photo: Julie Wells)

This tasty gluten-free pizza calls for almond flour in the recipe. (Staff Photo: Julie Wells)

How about one more gluten-free recipe before school begins? How about if the gluten-free recipe is for pizza?

When my husband Kevin embarked on making pizza with a cauliflower crust some months back, I thought there is no way on earth that could even remotely taste good. It was good, but this recipe, made with an almond flour and cheese-based crust, topped all the gluten-free pizza recipes I’ve ever tried.

Before I go any further any explaining this mouth-watering pizza recipe to you, let me say this: almond flour can be downright pricey. But not for us. About six months ago we invested in a NutriBullet and it quickly became one of our top five kitchen appliances ever. The NutriBullet comes with a mill blade, so we ground up our almonds and, voila, we have almond flour.

Even our 2-year-old ate this pizza. You really can’t tell that is an almond flour-based dough that you are using, so don’t let that hang you up from trying this recipe.

I’d also like to add that this recipe has quite a few more steps in it than most of the other recipes we run in this column, but for anyone needing to watch their gluten intake, or just wanting to eat something different, it is well worth the effort in the kitchen.

Remember this as well — I didn’t say this pizza recipe was low in calories, because it is full of cheese, but it is delicious.

One last thing. As you can see in the picture we made a half pepperoni and half hamburger pizza, but you can make your pizza any way that you like. I can’t wait to try some onion, peppers and tomatoes on our next one.

Gluten-free pizza

1 1/2 cups of shredded mozzarella, plus extra for topping the pizza

¾ cup of almond flour

2 tablespoons of cream cheese, cubed

One egg

Eight to 10 slices of pepperoni

¼ pound of ground beef, cooked

½ cup of cooked onions

One small can of tomato paste

14 ounces of Italian diced tomatoes

Garlic salt

Parchment paper and cookie sheet

Place the mozzarella and cream cheese in a microwaveable bowl, and microwave for 1 minute.

Take the cheese out of the microwave, stir the cheese mixture thoroughly, and microwave it again for about another 30 seconds.

Stir in the egg and the almond flour to the cheese mixture.

Wet your hands, and spread the dough into a thin layer on the parchment paper.

Using a fork, poke holes all over. This helps to avoid the dough from bubbling up too much.

Top with desired amount of garlic salt and place it in the oven for 10 to 14 minutes or until the dough is slightly brown on top. Look at the dough about halfway through the cooking time to check for more bubbles. If there are some, use a fork to make more holes in the dough and continue cooking.

While the dough is baking, mix together the can of tomato paste and the can of Italian diced tomatoes to make the tomato sauce.

Add desired amount of tomato sauce on top of dough.

Place pepperoni on one half of the pizza, and the hamburger and onions on the other half.

Sprinkle on the extra mozzarella and place pizza back into the oven until the cheese is completely melted.

Tip: Pre-made pizza sauce can be used.