Om is an inquisitive foodie who likes to share recipes that everyone can enjoy.
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.
couponswhiz on February 03, 2014:
wow, thank you for providing a step by step video for this recipe.
Om Paramapoonya (author) on July 26, 2013:
@Tycoon Sam - Thanks :)
TycoonSam from Washington, MI on July 20, 2013:
Very unique recipe. Can't wait to try it!
Om Paramapoonya (author) on December 28, 2012:
@Kdeus - Ah, eggplant crust! So interesting. I'll try that sometime :)
Keely Deuschle from Florida on December 26, 2012:
This sounds delicious! I've used eggplant for a crust before and it was delicious, but this sounds like a winner, too! Will have to give it a try!
Om Paramapoonya (author) on June 21, 2012:
I'm glad you like the recipe, Logos831. Thanks for dropping by!
Logos831 from somewhere, ca on June 20, 2012:
Creative! I love the use of the sweet potatoes. Looks easy and healthy. Thanks for the recipe!
Om Paramapoonya (author) on May 20, 2012:
Thanks for spreading the word, Lizam1! :)
Lizam1 on May 19, 2012:
Thanks - am sharing this and going to try it out myself.
Om Paramapoonya (author) on May 14, 2012:
Thanks, MsMeli. I'm glad to you're going to try this G-free recipe!
MsMeli on May 13, 2012:
I will have to try this! It looks yummy and easy!
Om Paramapoonya (author) on May 09, 2012:
Thanks for stopping by, bell du jour. I'm glad you like this gluten-free pizza recipe :)
bell du jour from Ireland on May 09, 2012:
What a wonderful hub! Many thanks for sharing, I have to follow a gluten free diet and I will definitely try this recipe :-) Voted up and useful
Om Paramapoonya (author) on May 08, 2012:
Thanks, Sinea. Living gluten-free is actually much more simple than lots of people think. :)
Sinea Pies from Northeastern United States on May 08, 2012:
I find the world of gluten-free to be such a mystery...yet this sounds so great and relatively easy to make, too.
Om Paramapoonya (author) on May 06, 2012:
Thank you ALL so very, very, very much for the congrats and wonderful feedbacks. You guys are so awesome! =D
Shannon Paigah from Irvine, CA on May 05, 2012:
Great hub! I love the idea of a sweet-potato pizza crust, and I'm sensitive to gluten so this is a wonderful solution. Thanks, I can't wait to try it!
Verlie Burroughs from Canada on May 05, 2012:
This looks delicious! I enjoyed the video. congratulations on Hub of the Day! Regards, snakeslane
umertube from Pakistan on May 05, 2012:
Really amazing recipe for Pizza. I don't like gluten in Pizza.
Milli from USA on May 05, 2012:
Looks so delicious. Great idea. Useful.
Congratulations on Hotd!
Stephanie Bradberry from New Jersey on May 05, 2012:
Like others have admitted, I love sweet potatoes. During the holiday season I bake quite a few sweet potato pies. And during the off season I make candied yams and mashed sweet potatoes. I never would have though of using them for a pizza crust...very innovative.
Congratulations on Hub of the Day!
Urmila from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA on May 05, 2012:
Congrats on Hub of the day! Great recipe.
susanm23b on May 05, 2012:
Great hub! Congrats on Hub of the Day! This is such a unique recipe! Although (thankfully) my family doesn't require gluten-free, I plan to try this because we do love sweet potatoes. Voted up!
anglnwu on May 05, 2012:
Congrats, Om, on HOTD. Well-deserved!
Riverfish24 from United States on May 05, 2012:
Congrats on HOTD. Terrificly innovative!
Rachel Vega from Massachusetts on May 05, 2012:
Congrats on HoTD!
Have you tried mashing the sweet potatoes with the cheese, etc.? Maybe it would be easier to cut, but I love the way the egg binds it all together.
This looks really yummy and I can imagine some caramelized onion on top with mozzarella and basil, mmm!!! Voted useful.
Mazlan A from Malaysia on May 05, 2012:
Congrats on HOD. I love sweet potatoes and never though it can be substituted as a pizza dough. Great idea.
Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 05, 2012:
Congrats on getting Hub of the Day for this fantastic recipe, Om!
Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on May 05, 2012:
Wow, what a fascinating recipe with clear instructions and a video, too! This is great for those who follow a gluten-free diet. Congratulations on Hub of the Day!
RichardPac from Sunny Florida! on May 05, 2012:
Thank you for sharing! I'll definitely have to try this!
HawaiiHeart from Hawaii on May 05, 2012:
Thank you for sharing this recipe! It's hard to find a gf pizza that looks and taste delicious!
Melanie Chisnall from Cape Town, South Africa on May 05, 2012:
Thank you so much for this! One of the worst things about not being able to eat a lot of wheat, is not being able to eat normal pizza. This is great - I'm going to definitely give this recipe a go! :)
Wesley Meacham from Wuhan, China on May 05, 2012:
Cool recipe. I'll be sharing this with my family since many of them are on a gluten free diet. I'm also going to share with my followers, not that you need that since you are the hub of the day (congrats) but I'm trying to cultivate the habit. This appeals to me also on another level than just the gluten free one. I tend to enjoy meals that are a bit outside the box and this is something I would have enjoyed even if I didn't know what gluten is.
emilybee on May 05, 2012:
This is awesome. Great video! I'm going to have to try this. Congrats on hub of the day!
Thelma Alberts from Germany on May 05, 2012:
What a great idea! Sweet potatoes for a pizza crust. I have to try this. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and useful. Congratulations!
Mary Craig from New York on May 05, 2012:
Being a celiac I'm always looking for gluten free recipes. I have posted a few hubs about gluten free but this pizza is very different and looks yummy. Will definitely have to try.
I like the video introduction as well as the nicely written hub. Voted useful and interesting. Would have voted up but I couldn't find an up button.
Anne from Spain on May 05, 2012:
Can´t wait to try this pizza. It looks and I bet tastes delicious. Thankyou.
kelleyward on May 05, 2012:
Wow this looks great! We eat 80% gluten free so this is definitely something we will try! Congrats on HOTD! Take care, Kelley
Just History from England on May 05, 2012:
As a coeliac for some fifty plus years I am definately going to try this! Just reading the recipe to check what I need- Monday's dinner looks certain
Om Paramapoonya (author) on May 01, 2012:
Cool! Thanks for the read and comment, sandramathew. :)
Om Paramapoonya (author) on April 20, 2012:
Cool! Glad you'll give it a go :)
kEi MayUmi on April 20, 2012:
ooooh i just want to try this! Gluten-free pizza recipe, still delicious! Must try it.
Om Paramapoonya (author) on April 11, 2012:
Thanks, molometer. Glad you'll try it. If you love sweet potato and pizza, then you probably won't be disappointed with this gluten-free pizza recipe!
Micheal from United Kingdom on April 10, 2012:
I love sweet potato and I love pizza.
I would never have thought of putting them together, it sounds really interesting.
Must give it a try.
Thanks voted up interesting and useful.
Om Paramapoonya (author) on April 08, 2012:
Thanks, Peggy! Glad you would give this gluten-free pizza recipe a go!
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 07, 2012:
What a great idea! I would never have thought of using chunks of sweet potato to make a pizza crust! Since I like all of the ingredients, I know I would enjoy the end result. Thanks for your recipe and the video demonstration as well.
Om Paramapoonya (author) on April 05, 2012:
Thanks, Simone. Glad you like this non-traditional pizza recipe. Now stop drooling and get back to work....kekeke
Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on April 04, 2012:
WHOAH WHOAH WHOAH - hold the phones!! Sweet potatoes as a gluten-free pizza crust? That's such a brilliant idea!! Dang, Om. I love this recipe- and the instructions, video, and photos all work together brilliantly!
Om Paramapoonya (author) on April 03, 2012:
@techygran - Oh that's awesome! Chia gel, huh? I've got to try that sometime. Thanks for stopping by and letting me know about your yummy experiment, techygran!
Cynthia Zirkwitz from Vancouver Island, Canada on April 02, 2012:
Hey there Om, I made the pizza and it was delish! I used chia gel to keep the 'crust together' and just onions and tomato spaghetti sauce on top. I'm going to do this again!
Om Paramapoonya (author) on April 02, 2012:
@anglnwu - Thanks, Angeline! Please give this non-traditional pizza recipe a try. I'm pretty sure you'll love it! hehe
@sweetiepie - Cool! Glad to know you're a food adventurist. Also, I hope your sister likes this glenten-free pizza.
@randomcreative - You're welcome. Thanks for the positive feedback!
@prasetio - Thanks, Pras. Hope you'll give this gluten-free recipe a go!
@urmilashukla - Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed the video. Oh and you can just call me "Om". Isn't Paramapoonya kind of hard to type? lol
@JerryJupiter - Thanks a lot for the kind words. I totally agree with you; pizza is one of the yummiest foods to cherish!
JerryJupiter from United Kingdom on April 02, 2012:
My uncle isn't able to eat Gluten so this looks like a great alternative so he can keep eating what is (in my opinion) the greatest food on Earth. I'll definitely share this with him - thanks for uploading - and the video is an amazing touch.
Urmila from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA on April 01, 2012:
So unique. Never have heard this kind of Pizza. Looks so yummy and easy to make because of great video demonstration. Thanks, Paramapoonya. This goes in my "to do' list.
prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on April 01, 2012:
I love pizza very much. Thanks for share delicious pizza recipe with us. I really enjoy the video here. Rated up and useful. Yummy!
Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 31, 2012:
Gluten free or not, this sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing.
SweetiePie from Southern California, USA on March 31, 2012:
I am into trying many different types of food, so I know I would like it. My sister cannot eat a lot of gluten, so something like that might be good for her.
anglnwu on March 31, 2012:
I never would have thought of using sweet potatoes. How innovative. I dare say I'll like it since I love carbs and sweet potatoes is quite a favorite. Love the demo and the clear step-by-step instruction. Voted up.
Om Paramapoonya (author) on March 30, 2012:
@livingpah - Thanks a lot!
@Rufus Rambles - Thanks. I'm glad you're going to give this gluten free pizza a try.
@techygran - Thanks for the kind comment and vote. Hope you enjoy the vegan version of this pizza recipe!
Cynthia Zirkwitz from Vancouver Island, Canada on March 29, 2012:
wow, your video demo made me salivate... looks so yummy! I am vegan so would cut out the animal products, but that would be entirely do-able... I like the idea of a sweet potato "crust"-- thanks for the recipe! Voted you up!
Rufus rambles from Australia on March 29, 2012:
Wonderful! I will definitely try this one!
Milli from USA on March 29, 2012:
Great gluten free pizza recipe. Thanks for sharing it. Voted up!