Pillsbury Gluten Free Pizza Crust – Yay or Nay?

When Pillsbury came out with their line of gluten free products, I was more than just excited. I was ecstatic. Finally, something gluten free that would make my life EASIER! Let’s face it, when I come home from a long day at work, I don’t always want to make a pizza crust from scratch. (Although it is delicious that way!) And chocolate chip cookies? I have missed the days of just baking 3-4 cookies at a time from a tub of pre-made dough that is always ready to go in the refrigerator. Pillsbury’s new line of products was offering me just that! The ease of my gluten-filled days! But would it live up to my high expectations?

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The first thing we tried was the gluten free pizza crust. Though the crust is a little bit sweeter than I was expecting, and if you use a standard pizza pie pan it rolls out to make a fairly thin crust, both my husband and I really enjoyed it.

However, every time I’ve tweeted a picture of a pizza we’ve made with Pillsbury crust, or posted one on my Facebook page, I’ve gotten mixed feedback. I’ve heard from lots of people who have had trouble with the Pillsbury crust. Anything from the dough not cooking all the way through to toppings actually sliding off the crust! If you are one of those people, here is what I recommend to you:

DO NOT FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS ON THE CONTAINER.

That’s right – you read that correctly. Be a rebel. Don’t follow the instructions on the container the dough comes in. I know that this is a challenge for those of us in the gluten free community because we live for following baking instructions, but trust me, I’ve had great success with this dough by NOT FOLLOWING THE INSTRUCTIONS!

So how do I do it?

It’s simple really. First, I roll out my dough.

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Then, instead of pre-cooking it in the oven before adding toppings, as suggested by the instructions on the container, I simply place my toppings directly on the uncooked dough. (Aren’t I such a wild child?!) Adding toppings is the fun part! We’ve made regular pizzas with just sauce, cheese and pepperoni. Sometimes I even mix it up and add a little sausage for the hubs.

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Or, when I really need a taste of home, I make a Buffalo Chicken Pizza. Those are my favorite. Instead of pizza sauce, I use Bleu Cheese as the base, sprinkle on Frank’s hot sauce (as desired), add some pre-cooked chicken and shredded cheese and bake.

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Now, here is the trick. Remember when I mentioned I don’t pre-cook my crust? I also don’t bake my pizza for as long as recommended on the packaging. The first time I ever made a pizza using Pillsbury dough, I simply kept an eye on it while it was cooking and after about 14 minutes at 400 degrees, I noticed it looked finished. It had cooked all the way through, even in the very center, so I was relieved. Now I know that my oven only requires about 13-15 minutes of cooking time, depending on how many toppings I pile on top of the crust.

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Your oven might not be quite as intensely hot as mine is. (I never keep any recipe I make in the oven as long as recommended) So if you find yours takes a little longer, don’t fret. The best thing to do is watch your first pizza and make a mental note for round two!

Hopefully this helps some of you who have been struggling with Pillsbury! And if not, stick with your other go-to crusts. Like Chebe Bread, which has always been a favorite of ours!

Good luck! 🙂

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Buffalo Chicken Pizza – Gluten Free!

When it’s dinner time and your husband is craving pizza (and your last experience with Domino’s Gluten Free Pizza went something like this…), it’s time to head to the fridge and see what ingredients you can scrounge up for a homemade Gluten Free version. This weekend, we did have a Pillsbury Gluten Free Pizza Crust at the house, but we were all out of pizza sauce. This meant it was time to get creative.

So I grabbed the essentials for any quality, Buffalo-inspired, meal: bleu cheese and Frank’s hot sauce. Then I set out to make a delicious Buffalo Chicken Pizza.

What You’ll Need to Make Your Own:
– 1 Gluten Free Pizza Crust (I love Pillsbury and Chebe, but any GF crust will work!)
– 2 Chicken Breasts, cooked and chopped into bite sized pieces
– Frank’s Hot Sauce
– Shredded Cheese
– Bleu Cheese

The process couldn’t be easier! Simply roll out your pizza crust. I always use my handy pizza pan from Williams Sonoma so I get perfectly round pizzas every time. What a fantastic wedding gift idea that was! 😉

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Then spread a layer of bleu cheese over the crust as your sauce. Top the bleu cheese with the chicken, Frank’s and shredded cheese (as desired). Add vegetables if you are feeling a little bit healthier than we were!

Bake at 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes. What comes out is a Buffalo-inspired masterpiece that looks a little something like this:

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Enjoy!

Gluten Free Pecan Pie

What do you do when you’re cleaning out your refrigerator and you notice the Pillsbury gluten free pie crust is about to expire? You make a pie of course!

This afternoon, when I noticed this very thing was about to happen to my own pie crust, I just knew I couldn’t let it go to waste. So I ransacked the pantry for any ingredients I thought I could make into some semblence of a pie. Low and behold, I got lucky. I had all of the ingredients I needed for a pecan pie (my favorite!)

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What You’ll Need to Make Your Own:
– Crushed pecans (to your liking)
– 2 TBSP melted butter
– 1 Cup brown sugar
– 3 eggs
– Dash gluten free vanilla
– Pinch of salt
– 1 Cup Karo Light Corn Syrup
– 1 Gluten Free Pie Crust (I used Pillsbury this time, but I’ve made crusts from scratch many times in the past with gluten free graham cracker crumbs that are delicious!)

You know why I love this pie recipe? Because it could not be easier! Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Simply combine the butter, eggs, corn syrup, brown sugar, salt and vanilla in a bowl. Mix for 2-3 minutes. Add pecans.

Pillsbury pie crust is easy to use as well! Simply roll the dough until flat onto a piece of wax paper or parchment paper. Then take your crust and flip it into your pie dish. Fill in any cracks in the crust using your fingers. Pour in the pie mixture and voila! You are finished!

Pop in the oven and bake for 30-40 minutes. Enjoy!

These are a few of my favorite things

When I first went gluten free, like most gf newbies, I had a hard time navigating the gluten free world. I never knew which items to choose at the grocery store. Would those crackers be good or would they taste like cardboard? Honestly, for years I just avoided most gluten free substitutes altogether and gave up things like bread, pasta, bagels and crackers. It wasn’t until I moved in with my husband and started cooking for two of us that I realized he wouldn’t stand for that way of living. And once he was diagnosed with a gluten intolerance in March (aren’t we just made for each other?!), I really stepped up my game.

This is a list of a few of my favorite gluten free products. This list is in no way endorsed by any of these companies. And I am sure there are TONS of products out there that I still have yet to try. I’m sure this list will evolve over time, but for now, here are some of my faves:

Favorite Gluten Free Bread & Bread Mixes

Chebe Bread Mix – Chebe might be the one gluten free product I absolutely could not live without. From all purpose bread mix, to cheese bread to pizza crust and cinnamon rolls – all of their mixes are incredibly delicious and simple to make. Best of all, your non gluten free guests or family members will love everything you make just as much as you do! Just as my husband, who was addicted to my Buffalo Chicken Calzone with Chebe Cheese Bread LONG before he went gluten free himself. Chebe is hard to find in Mississippi, so I always order it online from Amazon or Vitacost.

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Schar Ciabatta Rolls – These are fantastic because you can keep them in your freezer and just pull a couple out at a time whenever you want to add dinner rolls to your meal! It saves you from having to make an entire mix (perfect for a household with only 2 people like ours) and saves prep time on busy evenings. Like Chebe, Schar is hard for me to find in Mississippi, so I always order it online.

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Udi’s Sandwich Bread – What can I say about Udi’s other than it is just delicious. Of all the gluten free breads I have tried, Udi’s is my absolute favorite when it comes to sandwiches. It holds up as you toast it, or add heaps of meat and cheese to it, and it tastes the most like gluten-filled bread (in my opinion). Udi’s has always been easy for me to find at my local grocery store.

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Favorite Gluten Free Flour

Cup4Cup – This flour is the rockstar of gluten free flours, in my opinion. It could not be easier to substitute gluten free flour for regular flour in any recipe whenever you use Cup4Cup. That being said, this awesomeness does come with a price tag. (Usually about $20/bag). I buy mine at Williams Sonoma.

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Bob’s Red Mill – When you’re not feeling the hefty price tag on Cup4Cup, Bob’s Red Mill is an awesome gluten free flour mix as well. And it’s usually pretty easy to find. I buy mine at Fresh Market.

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Favorite Gluten Free Pancake Mix

Ad-Hoc – I am obsessed with this pancake mix, as evident by this post from earlier this year. But, just like Cup4Cup flour, Ad-Hoc gluten free pancake mix comes at a price. So we usually save this mix just for special ocassions. I first discovered this mix at Williams Sonoma.

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Pamela’s Pancake Mix – When I am still craving delicious gluten free pancakes, but not loving the price tag on Ad-Hoc, check out Pamela’s. My husband is the ultimate pancake critic, and while he swears by Ad-Hoc, he really likes Pamela’s as well. Pamela’s is pretty easy to locate – you should be able to find it in your local grocery store or Fresh Market.

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Favorite Gluten Free Cookies

Tate’s Chocolate Chip – I hadn’t tried these cookies until recently, but boy am I glad that I did. These cookies are crunchy, which I normally don’t like in a cookie, but the flavor is INCREDIBLE. I found mine at Fresh Market.

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Glutino Chocolate Creme – This is my favorite gluten free “Oreo” substitute. As soon as a package of these makes it into our house, it is usually gone within a couple of days. They are just so hard to resist! I’ve always had an easy time finding these at the grocery store or Fresh Market.

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Pillsbury Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough – Making gluten free cookies usually takes time. Trust me, it’s usually worth it because they’re so fluffy and delicious when they come out of the oven, but there are times when I am just craving one or two cookies and don’t feel like making a whole batch. With Pillsbury’s new cookie dough, you can have freshly baked cookies anytime you’re craving them – in small or large batches! It makes life so so much easier! And it definitely doesn’t hurt that they taste so good. Plus, you can find it in your local grocery store!

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Try combining the Pillsbury Cookie Dough with the Glutino Chocolate Creme cookies… You end up with a heavenly combination that looks a little bit like this:

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Favorite Gluten Free Breakfast Items

Glutino Bagels – Oh my goodness, these bagels are heavenly. They are so good I could eat them every single day! My one pet peeve about these bagels is that they are not pre-cut. And since I keep mine in the freezer, I usually have to defrost one a little then, try to cut it before I can even toast it. When you’re running out the door on the way to work in the morning, that extra step for cutting can be super frustrating.

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Udi’s Blueberry Muffins – I think my husband is starting a fan club about these muffins. There’s really not much to say other than just try them. You won’t be disappointed. I haven’t tried the chocolate or lemon flavored muffins, but I am sure they are delicious as well! Udi’s products are typically pretty fantastic.

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Favorite Gluten Free Snacks

Goldfish Puffs – I am so grateful to Pepperidge Farm for this incredible gift to the gluten free world! Goldfish Puffs are SO delicious, you wouldn’t even know they were gluten free. In fact, if it weren’t for the tiny GLUTEN FREE label by the nutrition facts on the back of the package, you might not have known anyway. I’ve always been surprised that Goldfish doesn’t market this product better to the gluten free community.

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Snyder’s Gluten Free Pretzels – That’s right, your favorite pretzel brand is now available in a gluten free version! And did I mention it is delicious?! We can’t find these pretzels in stores around here so I order them from Vitacost online.

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Glutino Bagel Chips – These little jokers are sneaky delicious. I mean it, I guarantee you can’t eat just one. Or twenty. It’s crazy how fast a bowl of these will disappear!

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Favorite Gluten Free Beers

Bard’s – I first tried this in Austin and I’ve been wishing I could get my hands on more of it ever since. Unfortunately, there’s no place in MS to get my hands on a bottle of this delicious goodness. But I keep an eye out for it whenever I travel!

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Redbridge – Super easy to find, even in Mississippi, I’ve grown to love Redbridge. I usually purchase it at Fresh Market, but in bigger cities I’m sure you could find it all over the place.

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Omission – To be clear, Omission is a Gluten-Reduced Beer. Not Gluten Free. So if you have Celiac, I don’t recommend this beer for you. But I’ve tried it (and loved it!) and been fortunate enough to not have any reaction to it. Unfortunately, Omission is like Bard’s. Tough to find in Mississippi. But I’ve got my eyes open for it every time I hit the road!

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What do you love? Are any of these gluten free favorites on YOUR list?

Explosion of Gluten Free Goodness

That’s right. I said explosion of goodness. Maybe greatness. I am not even being dramatic about how good this recipe is. And I use the word recipe lightly because it is really the easiest thing you will ever make in your life.

What do you need to create this explosion? Only two things:

1. Pillsbury Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
2. Glutino Chocolate Vanilla Creme Cookies

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I told you this was going to be easy, didn’t I?

Here’s what you do. Take a cupcake/muffin pan and line it with cupcake wrappers. Spray them with cooking spray. Then, add a layer of cookie dough to the bottom of each wrapper. Easy, huh?

Next, add a single Glutino cookie on top of the cookie dough layer.

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Last, cover the cookie with cookie dough so it is completely surrounded by Pillsbury gluten-free goodness!

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Follow the instructions on the Pillsbury container and bake your cookie muffins as directed.

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Remove from the oven and enjoy. And when I say enjoy I mean try not to die from excitement over how incredibly amazing these are! Easiest and most delicious gluten free recipe ever? Possibly so. 😉

Gluten-Free Pizza Prepped in Less than 5 Minutes

I’m not gonna lie. There are many nights I come home from work and the absolute last thing I want to do is cook. Especially when lots of gluten-free recipes take longer to prep. So I was definitely excited to find Pillsbury’s new Gluten-Free line of product in our local grocery store this weekend! How easy did this look? Cookie dough, pie crust and pizza dough! All ready to go!

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Pillsbury – You are a lifesaver!

Last night when I got home from work that easy to make pizza dough sure was calling my name. So I grabbed some easy ingredients – sauce, garlic powder, cheese and pepperoni – and NO JOKE (!!!) – LESS THAN 5 MINUTES LATER – my pizza was ready to pop in the oven! 5 MINUTES TO PREP A DELICIOUS GLUTEN FREE PIZZA?!!?! This must be too good to be true!

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Oh, but it wasn’t. This pizza was INSANELY good. I mean gloriously delicious. Lindsay-tested and Husband-approved. It was SO good in fact that we forgot to take a picture after it was finished cooking before we started eating it. Needless to say, there were no leftovers…

If you haven’t tried Pillsbury gluten-free dough yet, give it a go! I know we will definitely be enjoying many more Pillsbury gluten-free pizzas in our future. Now I can’t wait to try their other products!

Gluten-Free News!

So many exciting things are happening in the gluten-free community, I feel like I must share some news!

First and foremost, Pillsbury has announced a line of Gluten-Free products. This includes cookie dough, pie and pastry dough and pizza dough! For a frequent baker and pizza lover like me, this is incredible news! Think about how much easier cooking will be with the help of Pillsbury! Hopefully these gluten-free items will be as delicious as Pillsbury’s non gluten-free line. Can’t wait to try them!

http://www.pillsbury.com/Products/Gluten-Free

Next in big GF news this week, Dunkin Donuts is adding gluten-free donuts and muffins to their menu items! Can you even believe it?! As if their delicious coffee items weren’t enough, they will soon be catering to the gluten-free community with delicious cinnamon sugar donuts and blueberry muffins. YUM! Can’t wait to try one of these delicious treats!

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-06-19/dunkin-to-sell-gluten-free-doughnuts-in-fast-food-first.html

With so many new delicious gluten-free options, dieting sure will be hard!