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Simple Gluten-Free Pizza Crust, Yeast-Free

Serves 2 to 4
Preparation time 10 minutes
Cook time 20 to 25 minutes

Crust:

2 eggs or egg substitute
2 tablespoons unrefined oil
1 tablespoon honey or agave syrup
1¼ cups tapioca flour (starch), plus some extra for kneading the dough
¼ cup almond meal or other gluten-free flour (OR you can just use more tapioca flour)
¾ teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1½ teaspoons dried oregano or Italian seasoning
Optional: 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
Olive oil for brushing

Preheat the oven to 400º. Whisk together egg, oil, and honey or agave syrup in small bowl. Mix together the rest of the ingredients in a medium bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the wet. Combine the ingredients as well as possible with spoon or fork – it will be quite sticky. Put about 1/8 cup of tapioca flour on a clean surface. Pull everything out of the bowl and make a dough ball. Knead the dough on the tapioca-dusted surface until it stops sticking to your hands (3 to 5 minutes). Roll the dough out into a circle; you can either use a rolling pin or your hands to press it out until it is the thinness you desire. I like to make two smaller rounds for two different pizzas! Transfer this circle to a baking sheet. Brush the round with a bit of olive oil, prick it in a couple of places with a fork, and place it in a 400º F oven for 15 minutes or until slightly golden on the top. Remove from the oven and add the sauce or pesto and toppings of your choosing. Place back into the hot oven and bake another 5 to 10 minutes until it’s all nice and bubbly. Let cool for 5 minutes and serve.

Simple Gluten-Free, Yeast-Free Calzone Crust

Preparation time 10 minutes
Cook time 20 to 25 minutes

Serves 2 to 4 (makes 2 full-meal calzones)

Crust:
2 eggs or egg substitute
2 tablespoons unrefined oil
1 tablespoon honey or agave syrup
1¼ cups tapioca flour (starch) plus some extra for kneading dough
¼ cup almond meal or other gluten-free flour
¾ teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1½ teaspoons dried oregano or Italian seasoning
Olive oil for brushing

Filling:
1 cup any combination of fresh veggies, cooked beans, or cooked meats
½ cup marinara or pesto sauce
½ cup your choice of cheese, or non-dairy “cheese”

Preheat oven to 375º. Whisk together egg, oil, and honey or agave syrup in a small bowl. Mix together the rest of the ingredients in a medium bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the wet. Combine as well as possible with a spoon or a fork – it will be quite sticky. Put about 1/8 cup of tapioca flour on a clean surface. Pull everything out of the bowl and make a dough ball. Knead the dough on the tapioca-dusted surface until it stops sticking to your hands (3 to 5 minutes). For smaller calzones, separate the dough into 4 balls; for larger ones, make 2 balls. Roll dough out into a circle; you can either use a rolling pin or your hands to press it out until it is about 1/8-inch thick.

ADDING FILLING:
Transfer this circle to a baking sheet. In the center of the lower third of the circle add the following:
-For smaller circles, use ¼ cup of any combination of fresh veggies, cooked beans, or cooked meats, ⅛ cup marinara or pesto, ⅛ cup of goat cheese, Italian cheeses, ricotta cheese, or dairy free “cheese” options.
-For larger circles double the above amounts.

Once the filling has been placed, fold the dough over towards the front tip so that it comes just over the top of the filling. Bring the exposed portion of the bottom piece up and fold over the top piece, using your fingers to press down, creating a seal. Brush with a bit of olive oil, prick the top in a couple of places with a fork, and place in a 375º F oven for 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown on top. Let cool 5 minutes and serve.

GF Calzone Crust, continued

Other options:

1. Pizza Crust: This dough makes a great pizza crust. Just roll it out nice and thin, crimp edges, prick several places with a fork, and bake in a 400º F oven on a pizza stone or baking sheet for 12 to 15 minutes, until slightly browned. Remove, add toppings, and bake an additional 8 to 10 minutes until bubbly.

2. Crackers: Flatten the dough to the thickness of a tortilla. Place on a baking sheet and brush with oil or butter. Cut into bite sized pieces and bake 20 minutes, until slightly browned and crisp. Let cool and store in an airtight container. Get creative with seasonings!

3. Soup Bowl: You can press this dough into ¼-inch thick layer over ovenproof bowls. Bake at 400º F for 25 minutes, or until golden. Remove from bowl and pour in soup of your choice! Idea adapted from “Gluten Free for Dummies,” by Danna Korn.

Sweet Chili Sauce

Sweet Chili Sauce is another traditional dipping sauce that can be paired with spring rolls and drizzled over rice or noodle dishes to add some zing! After watching this clip you’ll be able to enhance many Asian dishes with this quick and easy gluten free sauce. You will also learn the secrets of how to make it the perfect consistency!

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 8 minutes
Serves 4 to 6

1 to 2 tablespoons garlic powder or 3 to 4 minced garlic cloves
1 to 2 tablespoons crushed red chili flakes
½ cup seasoned brown rice vinegar
1/3 cup agave syrup or honey
½ tablespoon gluten free tamari

Put all of the ingredients into a small saucepan and bring it to a simmer; stirring occasionally until it is thick. If you would like a bit more twang, add some fresh lime juice. Serve in small sauce dishes or ramekins with Garden Veggie Rolls, Nori Veggie Rolls, or slices of fried Ginger Teriyaki Tofu. This is a fantastic sauce to marinade free-range chicken in!