For many people on the gluten-free diet, finding the perfect gluten-free pizza is foremost on their to-do list. In my case, it is a bit of an obsession. Thin crust pizza is the most common type you’ll find made with a gluten-free crust. If you prefer a thick crust making your own is probably the best option.
For the lowest price pizza you can make at home, a super thin crust – paper thin in fact – is a good option. LaTortilla Factory gluten-free tortillas make a really good thin crust gluten-free pizza. Someone told me they’d used the Ivory Teff tortillas to make pizza and really loved it so I followed suit. I discovered the LaTortilla gluten-free tortillas at Fresh Market. The package of six tortillas cost less than $5. At about $.80 per 9” tortilla, this is the lowest cost for gluten-free pizza crust (not made from scratch) that I can think of.
The gluten-free products from LaTortilla have no rice flour in them but contain tapioca, whole grain teff and whole grain millet. Both millet and teff are very nutritious grains, which I’m always looking to add more of to my diet. It seems like many of the replacement gluten-free foods contain more fat, sugar and calories than the products they are replacing. I’m not giving up brownies so I make adjustments in other areas when possible.
Any gluten-free tortilla would work to make super thin crust pizza, but the LaTortilla product tastes like a wheat tortilla which makes it perfect for pizza. I defrosted the tortillas for approximately thirty minutes on the counter. I lightly brushed them with olive oil and baked them in a 400 degree oven for about ten minutes. After removing them from the oven I added the sauces and toppings. For one pizza I used red sauce, pepperoni, black olives and mozzarella cheese. The other was one of my favorites – pesto sauce, cooked chicken, artichoke hearts, black olives and white American cheese.
Once the pizzas were topped I baked them for about 12 more minutes. My favorite part of a pizza has always been the toppings and with this thin of a crust, you certainly taste the toppings. There is not enough crust to compete with them. One pizza this size is too much for me to eat at one time so I had the leftovers the following day for lunch. Adding up the cost of the toppings, sauce and crust, I estimate the pizzas to cost about $3 each. Thick crust pizza lovers won’t enjoy a thin tortilla pizza but for thin crust devotees – it’s definitely worth trying at least once.