Gluten-Free Pizza Crust Recipe Without Yeast or Flour
Is it possible to make a gluten-free pizza crust without yeast and flour? Yep, absolutely. I have to warn you, though, that it's a "love it or hate it" kind of recipe. My sweet-potato pizza crust is nothing like a traditional crust made from a flour dough. It should satisfy those who love to try innovative dishes, but it might make some nonnas shake their heads in irritation! Here are some plus and minus points of this pizza recipe.
- Since it is gluten-free, people with celiac disease, gluten sensitivity or wheat allergy can enjoy this pizza without jeopardizing their wellness.
- Compared to a traditional pizza dough, sweet potatoes contain a much higher amount of vitamins, especially vitamin A and C. Therefore, using sweet potatoes as a crust can make your pizza a more balanced dish.
- It saves a lot of time and labor. No kneading. No waiting for the dough to rise. While a flour dough can take up to 2 hours to prepare, this sweet potato crust takes only about half an hour. Plus, it's a lot less messy!
- Even though sweet potatoes are a good source of vitamins, they also contain a lot of carbs. In addition, the recipe requires some high-calorie ingredients, such as cheese and egg. So, although this is a well-balanced and nutritious recipe, it is not low in calories. Portion control is still much needed.
Gluten-Free Pizza Recipe
This recipe makes 1 to 2 servings.
For the sweet potato crust:
- 2 medium sweet potatoes or regular potatoes, peeled and cut into about 1/2-inch chunks (should yield about 3 cups)
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1/2 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
For the toppings:
- 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/3 cup sliced mushrooms
- about 10 slices of gluten-free pepperoni
- 1/2 cup gluten-free marinara sauce
- cooking spray (for greasing the baking sheet)
Step 1: Make the Pizza Crust
- Boil sweet potatoes in a saucepan. You may sprinkle some salt into the boiling water if you want the sweet potatoes to have a little bit of a salty taste.
- Preheat an oven to 400°F.
- Cook the sweet potatoes until they are tender but not too soft. Drain the water and let cool for about 10 to 15 minutes. This process is in fact very crucial. To pull off a perfect potato pizza crust, you must not overcook it. The texture should be tender yet firm, not soft and soggy. Also, make sure you drain the water very well. If the sweet potatoes are still too wet when you put them in the oven, your crust may easily fall apart.
- Add egg, cheddar cheese and olive oil to the sweet potatoes. Mix together well.
- Lightly grease a baking sheet with cooking spray and spread the potato mixture on it, forming an 8-inch circle.
- Put it into the preheated oven. During this process, the egg and cheddar cheese will bind the potato chunks together. After about 15 minutes of baking, your gluten-free pizza crust is ready.
Step 2: Top and Bake the Pizza
- Remove your potato pizza crust from the oven.
- Spread gluten-free marinara sauce over it.
- Top with sliced mushrooms, gluten-free pepperoni and mozzarella cheese.
- Bake for another 15 minutes, or until the potato is crisp around the edges and the cheese is completely melted.
- Slice and serve. Enjoy your delicious gluten-free pizza.
Nutrition Details (for 1 Whole Pizza)
Gluten-Free Shopping Tips
When cooking gluten-free, it's easier to do all your shopping at a gluten-free shop or at a supermarket that offers a large gluten-free aisle. Keep in mind, however, that gluten-free labelling is a voluntary thing. Just because a food product has no "gluten-free" label doesn't mean it contains gluten.
If there's no gluten-free aisle at your local store, you just have to read the labels very carefully. Before you buy marinara sauce, pepperoni, cheddar and mozzarella cheese for this recipe, you should check the labels and choose only the brands that don't contain dextrine or modified food starch, as these ingredients are made from wheat. Cheddar and mozzarella usually contain gluten-free starch, such as potato starch or cornstarch—but still, it's always wise to check the labels before buying unless you're familiar with the brands.