Here is yet another recipe adapted from Mennonite Country-Style Recipes & Kitchen Secrets by Esther Shank. It is one of my favorite cookbooks. Of course, I have to modify recipes to be gluten free, and I often modify them to be healthier, but many of the recipes are just the kind of thing my family loves.
My family has come to expect and anticipates having pizza on Friday nights, but sometimes I just don’t have time to prepare it. A quick crust pizza such as this cornmeal crust is never the same, but it’s better than nothing so they settle for that.
What we didn’t like about this pizza:
- I didn’t have any toppings to go on it so it was rather plain
- It didn’t have a nice yeasty bread flavor
What we did like about this pizza:
- It tasted like a cheesy corn bread
- The crust held together and the pieces could be picked up with the hands
Once you adjust your thinking and don’t expect it to be a “real” pizza, it’s quite good. I’m sure some toppings would make it even better. This just happened to be one of those evenings when I was satisfied to put something edible on the table.
Cornmeal Crust Pizza
- 1 3/4 cup cornmeal
- 2 cup gluten free flour mix (I used Carol's sorghum blend)
- 1 Tablespoon baking powder
- 2 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup milk (a substitute should work)
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 8 ounces tomato sauce
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
- shredded mozzarella and cheddar cheese
- Combine the dry ingredients (cornmeal through salt) by whisking them together in a medium bowl.
- Add the milk and oil and stir well.
- Press the mixture into the bottom of a greased jelly roll pan using your hands or a spatula. Press it up the sides of the pan a little to contain the toppings.
- Combine the tomato sauce, Italian seasoning and garlic powder, or use a pre-made pizza sauce. Spread this over the crust.
- Top with some shredded cheese and whatever toppings you choose.
- Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.
This post is linked to Tasty Tuesday and Tempt My Tummy Tuesday. Though these are not gluten free carnivals, you might find some naturally gluten free recipes or inspiration for a new gluten free recipe.