Mushroom Basil Pizza and GF Product Review

Are you tired of thin, soggy, cardboard-tasting gluten free pizza crust?  Do you miss sinking your teeth into a chewy pie that has a little bite?

Cry no more, pizza lovers!  I have found the ingredients to make a restaurant quality pizza at home — one that can even take on a traditional glutinous pizza!

Whilst meandering the aisles at Sprouts grocery store,
I came across a new (to me) gluten free pizza crust: Schar brand.  My heart raced a little as I imagined the possibilities inside the yellow box.  And there were not one, but two pizza crusts included!  Visions of a fresh, vegetarian pizza entered my mind.  I picked up pizza sauce, along with a few other items, and hurried home.

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The unopened box can be stored at room temperature, which is nice.  Of course, I there was no “storing” of the pizza crust in this case.  I ripped open the box and began creating The Perfect Pizza.

My pizza sauce of choice is Delallo brand.  With only seven easy-to-read ingredients, it’s a fairly healthy choice for store bought sauce.  It’s also gluten and dairy free!  Please excuse the half-empty jar.  I took a picture after I used it.

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After the sauce, I added freshly grated mozzarella cheese, sliced baby bella mushrooms, roughly chopped basil, and one small tomato from the garden, sliced into four slices.

Fresh mozzarella is key in creating a restaurant quality pizza.  You can find it in the deli section.  Grate it yourself at home.  Or have your kid/spouse (same thing) grate it – he needs something to do.  Freshly grated mozzarella cheese will take your pizza experience to the next level.

If you’re dairy free, I recommend Daiya brand cheese alternative.  It melts like cheese and tastes like the real deal.  Or you can create a pizza without cheese — add extra veggie toppings instead.  Please note that this particular crust does contain milk.

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It’s hard to tell from the picture, but that crust is thicker than most GF options.  I was so pleasantly surprised!  I baked that baby at 450 degrees for 15 minutes, and this is what emerged from the oven:

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Oh. Mah. God.  Golden crust, slightly browned, toasty cheese, and fresh tasting veggies melted into all that goodness.  Mmmmmm.

I ate 1/2 the pizza for dinner, and saved the other 1/2 for lunch the next day.

A couple of things to keep in mind about Schar pizza crust:  First, corn syrup is listed as an ingredient (if you’re concerned about that sort of thing).  Second, a serving size is 1/6 of the crust, and one serving is 130 calories.  The real world would consider this a small sized, 1-2 serving pizza.  Remember, just because it’s gluten free doesn’t mean it’s calorie free.  If you’re trying to lose weight, consider adding a salad and eating less pizza.

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Mushroom Basil Pizza

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Mushroom Basil Pizza

Ingredients

  • 1 gluten free pizza crust (I used Schar brand)
  • 1 jar pizza sauce (I used Delallo brand)
  • 1 small package (8 oz) fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 3-4 baby bella mushrooms, sliced
  • 5-6 fresh basil leaves, roughly torn or chopped
  • 1 small tomato, sliced into 4 thin slices

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Remove crust from wrapper and place on baking stone.
  2. Add pizza sauce to your liking.
  3. Grate cheese and add to pizza. Use as much or as little cheese as desired.
  4. Add remaining toppings.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes or until cheese melts and begins to turn golden brown.
  6. Remove from oven and let sit a few minutes before slicing pizza.
  7. Enjoy!
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Comments: 4

  1. Jenn July 30, 2014 at 6:59 PM Reply

    I love the new recipe gadget! It printed in a format that works for me. Thanks Christi!

    • Christi July 30, 2014 at 8:01 PM Reply

      Woo hoo! Did it print the picture with it? Just curious.

  2. Lisa Salvucci Funkhouser July 30, 2014 at 3:04 PM Reply

    EXCELLENT, easily spelled out directions and VERY informative tips!! Well done! I will definitely be trying this at home. Thanks!

    • Christi July 30, 2014 at 8:00 PM Reply

      Great, I can’t wait to hear how your pizza turns out! Thanks for the feedback. 🙂

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