I’m an Italian with Celiac Disease.
Just let that sink in for a moment.
I was so devastated when I finally figured out what was making me so sick, because that meant my normal diet of bread, pasta, and pizza was going to change drastically. No more Lou Malnati’s Deep Dish downtown, no more Olive Garden breadsticks…
Even though my options of eating out at my favorite Italian places are still limited, I’ve learned to adapt and use my kitchen to recreate all the things that I miss. Some things I make from scratch, others I use gluten-free kits to help me out. One of my favorite lines is the Betty Crocker Gluten Free line.
The Betty Crocker Gluten Free Pizza Crust Mix is my favorite. It’s only like, $3.99 max, unlike the other overpriced GF alternatives (that don’t even taste good).
I decided to try and recreate my vision of the perfect Chicago deep dish with the Betty Crocker crust and a cast iron pan, and I was amazed at how close I got to the real thing! Here’s how I did it:
- Prepare Betty Crocker’s Gluten Free Pizza Crust Mix according to box directions. You’ll notice that the last step says to bake the crust for 13-18 minutes or until golden brown before you add your toppings. I skipped this step because I was cooking a deep dish in a cast iron pan.
- Use olive oil to grease the cast iron pan and spread the dough in the pan, making sure to cover the inside of the pan’s sides with dough as well!
- Use an entire package of sliced mozzarella cheese and layer on top of the dough.
- Place any toppings you’d like on top of the cheese. I used sliced roma tomatoes, sliced red onions, and fresh spinach.
- Cover with pizza sauce. Make sure you check that the sauce you’re using is gluten-free! (If you’re new to the gluten-free life, here’s a handy list of ingredients to watch out for).
- Add spices on top to taste. I used thyme, Italian seasoning, black pepper, and fresh-picked basil leaves from my basil plant.
- I cooked mine for 30 minutes at 425 degrees and I loved how it turned out! It’s the closest I’ve gotten to Lou Malnati’s or Rosati’s since I realized I had Celiac Disease.
- ENJOY YOUR LITTLE SLICE OF HEAVEN!
I checked the Betty Crocker website to see if I could find stores that have this product, but I couldn’t find it in their list of GF products yet! By google search, I found it should be at Walmart and Hyvee. I found mine at my local Butera. You can always talk to your local grocery store and request products as well! This would definitely be one to request if you’re GF!