Web Only ArticleSeptember 14, 2015

Perfect Pizza Pies!
12 Best Gluten-Free Pizza Recipes

If you’re on a gluten-free diet and really, really miss pizza, fear not. We’ve compiled our readers’ 12 favorite pizza recipes.

[Updated Dec. 11, 2015]

No. 1: Masterful! Gluten-Free Pizza

There are nights when you crave a filling dinner at an upscale restaurant, and other nights when you dig in at home and prepare an all-out favorite meal.

And some nights, the only thing that’ll do is… pizza.

And not just any pizza. You want one that you conjure up in your own kitchen, one that tastes great, one that you prepare for family, a group of close friends, or yourself to munch on during a movie.

Eating a gluten-free diet can make pizza night a little more complicated, but Gluten Free & Moreis here to help. We originally listed 10 pizza dishes here—all reader favorites—to give you your own archive of go-to recipes. But for a recent update, we dug just a little deeper to give you 12 choices. Enjoy! 

Holiday Pizza Bites

No. 12: Our fun-sized Holiday Pizza Bites—gluten-free.

12. Holiday Gluten-Free Pizza Bites:

Regular readers will recognize these fun-sized pizza bites from the cover of our Dec/Jan 2016 issue of Gluten Free & More. The attention they garnered has pushed them onto this list, and with good reason. They're a perfect choice for a fun lunch, quick dinner, or holiday party (best served with a glass of cheer or two). The recipe includes "Sophisticated" and "Child-Friendly" versions. Click here for full directions.

Bear Pizza Crust, Gluten-Free

No. 11: Gluten-Free Beer Pizza Crust, courtesy of Jules Shepard.

11. Gluten-Free Beer Pizza Crust:

Here's one for the gang when you plan a beer and pizza night with a movie or ballgame on in the background: Jules Shepard's Beer Pizza Crust. It's easy to make and tasty, and includes, among ingredients you'd expect, a half-cup of your favorite gluten-free beer.

As Shepard writes, "Use this crust as your canvas. Top it with grilled veggies, taco filling, meat, cheese, herbs, channa masala—whatever you love. Don't think of pizza as a treat anymore. With this delicious recipe, you can enjoy pizza whenever you like." The recipe includes eggs but they can be replaced if you're allergic to eggs. Click here for the instructions.

10. Gluten-Free Pizza with Gourmet Flair:

Author Beth Hillson, Gluten Free & More’s food editor, sums up this must-try pizza like this: “It’s as pretty as it is delicious.”

She goes on to note that the simple ingredients and colorful presentation “make for understated elegance.” She also tells you how to make it flat or with thicker crust, and shares her Gluten Free Master Dough recipe. Find the directions here. 

No. 9: Mediterranean Chicken Flatbread Pizzas

9. Mediterranean Chicken Flatbread Pizzas:

Hemp oil and hemp seeds are “wonderful replacements for olive oil and pine nuts in the pesto” for this recipe by Matthew Kadey.  

To make it vegetarian, simply bypass the chicken in the recipe. To go dairy-free, use egg replacement instead of the one large egg in the flatbread instructions. Either way, the result is a group of four to five individual pizzas with a decidedly “Mediterranean vibe,” as Kadey put it. Click here for the recipe

8. Gluten-Free Pizza Pockets:

These calzone-type creations are a great way to hide vegetables in a treat kids will enjoy. Beth Hillson’s recipe calls for broccoli florets but you can improvise with other favorite veggies. Ingredients also include pepperoni, ricotta cheese, cheddar, Italian seasoning, and Hillson’s Master Dough. Find full directions here.

No. 7: Gluten-Free Olive and Cheese Cold Pizza

7. Gluten-Free Olive and Cheese Cold Pizza:

Terry Traub, author of Food to Some, Poison to Others, offers this easy-to-prep pizza recipe. Top your gluten-free pizza mix with olive oil, rosemary and other favorite herbs, pizza sauce (Traub provides a custom recipe), and mozzarella or dairy-free cheeses. Oh—and the olives: a full can of sliced black ones will give this pizza a memorable taste. Click here for the directions. 

No. 6: Pizza Pinwheels, Gluten-Free

6. Pizza Pinwheels, Gluten-Free:

The photo of this tasty dish says it all: a delicious gluten-free pinwheel-shaped pizza crammed with spinach, onion, sausage (or ground beef) cheese, and pizza sauce. It’s filling and tasty, and perfect for a quick lunch.

Our recipe is egg-free and can also be dairy-free if you choose a cheese substitute. Find the instructions here.

5. Gluten-Free Pizza Crust:

You can’t have a pizza without the crust, and in this recipe by Rebecca Reilly, you’ll produce a gluten-free crust in less than 20 minutes. Reilly also provides a quick tip on how to make this crust using a pizza stone.

Get all the instructions here, and then start gathering your go-to toppings.

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Presto Pizza Crust

No. 4: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Presto Pizza Crust... eight ingredients, 25 minutes and it's ready.

4. Gluten-Free Presto Pizza Crust:

Beth Hillson gives you the instructions for a basic but tasty pizza crust here. Once you’ve got the pizza base, “anything goes,” as she says.

Top her “Presto” pizza with traditional tomato sauce and dairy-free cheese or get creative and go Hawaiian with pineapple and prosciutto. Find instructions here.

No. 3: Gluten-Free Specialty Pizza

3. Gluten-Free Specialty Pizza:

This crispy-crust pizza will go a long way in proving that wheat-free, gluten-free pizza doesn’t have to taste like cardboard. 

Our recipe includes pizza sauce that you’ll create using a custom tomato sauce (commercial canned sauces typically contain corn syrup).  Click here for more.

2. Gluten-Free Grilled Pizza Crust:

This unique grilled pizza recipe will become a fast family favorite.

“The trick is using extremely hot, well-oiled grates to keep the dought from sticking,” says author Robert Landolphi. “Once the crust is grilled, brush it with olive oil and sprinkle it with chopped tomatoes, oregano, garlic cloves and fresh basil leaves. Shut the lid and you’ll have a delicious gluten-free pizza within minutes.” Find our instructions here.

Beth Hillson screen grab

Pictured: a still from Beth Hillson's video on how to make a "masterful" pizza.

1. Masterful! How to Make the Best Gluten-Free Pizza:

Food Editor Beth Hillson delivers the goods with this story—a recipe with ingredients and instructions along with a video tutorial to show you how to create a “masterful” pizza.

Directions include Hillson’s Gluten-Free Master Dough, a Gluten-Free Red Grape Focaccia, and more. 

Click here for the full pizza package, including Hillson's how-to video.

Compiled by Larry Canale. Original recipe authors cited above.


Comments (3)

Dear NL Cyr, You do not need a mixer with a dough hook to make this. In fact, I don't like to use a dough hook when preparing gluten free dough. It doesn't do the job. You can make these recipes by hand or use a heavy duty mixer (at least 240 watts) and regular beaters to prepare this dough. Enjoy! Beth

Beth Hillson
Food Editor, Living Without's Gluten Free & More

Posted by: bethhillson@sbcglobal.net | October 9, 2015 1:44 PM    Report this comment

Pizza that is gluten free and doesn't taste like cardboard is hard to find but this sounds like something that is good !

Posted by: Gorams15 | September 18, 2015 9:47 PM    Report this comment

This master dough recipe looks really good and I have never made a pizza dough before so would like to try this. I do not have a mixerf with a dough hook. Can this be made by hand?

Posted by: NL Cyr | September 18, 2015 12:33 PM    Report this comment

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