Gluten-Free Pizza Party! Part 2: Over 30 of Best Alternatives to Traditional Pizza Crust and Other Tasty Ideas to Satisfy Your Pizza Cravings
Hello, everyone! I’m excited to bring you Part 2 of the Gluten-Free Pizza Party! series. In this post, you’ll find gluten-free alternative pizzas that some folks prefer over any of the “traditional” crusts and other recipes that give you pizza in a slightly different form (e.g., casserole, dip, quiche, soup). You’ll want to check out all of these recipes out because your new favorite, “really good” gluten-free pizza recipe might not be at all what you expected as far as ingredients or “platform”! There are some awesome ideas from your favorite bloggers in today’s roundup! (Don’t forget to check out Part 1: Over 30 of the Best Gluten-Free Pizza Crust Recipes.)
Note: Photos are from individual authors and are used with permission.
Gluten-Free Pizza Crusts Made with Alternative Ingredients
Cauliflower and Zucchini Pizza Crust from Simply Gourmet ~ gluten free, vegetarian
One reader said: “I have now made this about 5 times and LOVE it! I add some meat toppings and my partner and I were absolutely astonished at how tasty it is! We are normally strictly Paleo, but we do allow some dairy so this worked well for us. Oh and I don’t use grease proof paper but just a really good non-stick baking tray, which is perfect. Thanks so much for posting!!!”
Cauliflower Crust Pizzas from Sandi’s Allergy Free Recipes ~ gluten free, with grain-free, dairy-free option
Sandi’s own initial reaction was “Oh my goodness!!” She said she was so very pleased at the results and chooses to make this pizza for herself almost every time her husband enjoys a gluten-full pizza.
Cauliflower-Crust Vegetarian Pizza from Kalyn’s Kitchen ~ gluten free, grain free, vegetarian
Kalyn said: “if you’d like to try a pizza crust that’s low-carb, gluten-free, and more nutritious than regular crust made with flour, I think you’ll be pleased with this version.” One of her readers said: “Just wanted to thank you–this was incredible! My husband is on a low-carb diet, and I try to eat fewer processed carbs, so I thought I’d give this a go…and wow, we were both really impressed. I topped it with roasted peppers and onions, but all other ingredients were more or less the same.”
Gluten-Free Tortilla Ricotta Pizzas from Flippin’ Delicious ~ gluten free, egg free, vegetarian
Brianna says: “They make a super easy and quick lunch or snack and are easily customized to your individual tastes. It takes just a few minutes to put them together, and then I can go back to playing with my little girl.”
Gluten-Free Tortilla Pizzas from Gluten Free Easily ~ gluten free, egg free, vegetarian, with dairy-free, vegan options
From me (Shirley): “These tortilla pizzas hardly require a recipe; it was just an idea that came to me when Son was craving pizza and looking to dear old mom to help him out. He requests these every time he’s home now.”
Grilled Zucchini Pizza Slices from Kalyn’s Kitchen ~ gluten free, grain free, egg free, vegetarian
One reader said: “Enjoyed these tonight. Couldn’t find 8-ball zucchini, so just used regular zucchini. I sliced them in half and took off a bit on each underside so they would sit on the pan. Since it’s winter-time I broiled them… they turned out really yummy! Thank you for sharing your recipe. I will make them again!”
Grain-Free Zucchini Pizza from The Gluten-Free Homemaker ~ gluten free, grain free, vegetarian
Linda said: “Gluten-free son had been away all week and came home Friday night hungry. When he tried a piece of this cold, he loved it! I’ll be making a lot more of it, I’m sure.”
Homemade Frozen Pizza from Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures ~ gluten free
This post is more of a helpful concept than an alternative crust/pizza delivery idea, but I think you will find it really helpful and a terrific way to get your family helping in the kitchen! Lynn uses her regular pizza crust recipe (which I shared in Part 1 of the Gluten-Free Pizza Party!). She says: “Homemade Frozen Pizza. You pre-bake the crust, then top it, then freeze it. It is really easy and better than anything you can buy in the store. And the kids love to help make it. I find the pizzas are easier to deal with when I make smaller frozen pizzas, so we make them about the size perfect for one person. We make an assembly line for the toppings and we can have a lot of homemade frozen pizzas done in no time.”
Homemade Pizza Pockets (“Pizza Pops”) from Healthful Pursuit ~ gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free, vegetarian, with egg-free, vegan option
Leanne explains: “I went gaga over pizza pops as a kid. I only wish it was over the gluten-free, healthy version. These will most definitely become a favorite at our house.”
Julia Child’s Eggplant Pizzas from Kalyn’s Kitchen ~ gluten free, grain free, egg free, vegetarian
One reader said: “I came across these on Pinterest, and I HAD to try them!! They are so good and I love the added basil.” Another reader said: “Tonight I made these scrumptious eggplant pizzas with a twist and I thought I would share. Instead of cutting in rounds, I cut the eggplant long ways; I seasoned the eggplant with dried oregano, basil, pepper and garlic powder. After cooking the eggplant, I topped with your basil pesto sauce instead of tomato sauce, added sliced mushrooms and diced tomatoes, then topped with a combo of low fat mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Broiled for 5 minutes and they turned out delicious! My husband, an eggplant hater actually liked it…wonderfully shocking. Thank you.”
Personal Pan Cauliflower Pan Crust from Oatmeal with a Fork ~ gluten free, grain free with dairy-free option
Lauren says: “After many trials, fails, and stinky dish towels, I’ve finally perfected my own pie that….
- Doesn’t have added cheese
- Holds together well enough to be picked up
- Has exact measurements
- Has nutritional information
- ….serves just one
- Is freakin’ delicious!”
One reader said: “Just wanted to let you know that the pizza was a HUGE success with my students! I ended up making the cauliflower “rice” the night before and having all my students help prep the rest of the crust in class. Everyone licked their plate clean.”
Portabello Mushroom Egg Pizza from Tasty Eats At Home ~ gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian
Alta said: “These indeed hit the spot. They were delicious. The portobello provided a lovely, meaty base for the “pizza”, and the olives and seasoned tomato paste gave it the “pizza” flavor I was after. The egg just gave it a delicious, rich sauce, as I only baked it long enough to set the whites, leaving the yolk all warm and runny. So. So. Good.”
Potato Cauliflower Pizza Crust from The Sensitive Pantry ~ gluten free, grain free, egg free, vegetarian
Nancy said: “The result is a nice alternative to traditional pizza. Although it isn’t as stiff as a regular pizza it can be picked up and eaten with your hands if you like. The pizza shells can be frozen after the first baking to top and finish cooking at a later time. If you don’t have or want to use cauliflower you can always substitute another cup of potato and it will work just fine.”
Socca Pizza from In Johnna’s Kitchen ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, vegan
Johnna says: “Besides being very flavorful, I like that this crust gets crispy on the edge and also slices well.” She even has a recipe that’s just for mini socca pizzas. I have personally tried the latter that she made herself and they were wonderful!
Zucchini Crust Pizza from The Gluten-Free Homemaker ~ gluten free, vegetarian
Linda says: “The crust is sort of like a zucchini quiche, but thin. It had to be eaten with a fork, but it tasted delicious. I put leftover ground beef and chopped ham on this pizza. The ham went especially well with the zucchini. You can use whatever toppings you like.”
Zucchini Pizza Crust from Oatmeal with a Fork via The Gluten-Free Homemaker ~ gluten free, grain free
Lauren says: “Zucchini works great, because you can ‘sweat’ the squash with salt and squeeze out the excess water. When combined with a few other ingredients, the crust not only holds together well, but it also has a chewy/crispy bite that will remind you of real pizza”
Zucchini Crust Vegetarian Pizza Margherita from Kalyn’s Kitchen ~ gluten free, grain free, vegetarian
One reader said: “Just came across this recipe recently, made it last night and thought it was AMAZING! Thank you so much!”
Zucchini Pizza from Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures ~ gluten free
One reader said: “First attempt turned out good! Definitely need to make sure the zucchini and rice get really dry because it makes a difference! Otherwise it was delicious and a great way to use up zucchini when you have an abundance.”
And here are well over a dozen more recipes that celebrate pizza, just in a much different form.
Other Terrific Ways to Get Your Gluten-Free Pizza Fix
Layered Hot Pizza Dip from Premeditated Leftovers ~ gluten free, egg free
This recipe from Alea is self explanatory. What will you dip in your pizza dip? Tortilla chips … cut veggies … pretzels …. gluten-free baguettes?
Mini Egg Pizzas from Paleo Parents ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, refined sugar free, paleo, primal
One reader said: “Yummo! We made these today for lunch! I even had time to make them after we got home for lunch.” Another said: “Just made these! I had to try one hot out of the oven and they are delicious! Thanks for the recipe!”
Pizza Bombs from Gluten Free Easily ~ gluten free, with dairy-free options
One reader said: “Thank you thank you thank you. I fixed these tonight for our 1, 4, and 8 year old with feta and black olives instead of pepperoni and it was the first time in ages that there wasn’t any complaining that, “that’s not what I want to eat!” There is a request now to replace taco night with these. And they love their tacos!” Another said: “I made these the other night for my boss’s retirement party. They were a big hit with everyone (I am the only one that is gluten free) and they all want the recipe!”
Pizza Chili Slow Cooker Recipe from A Year of Slow Cooking ~ gluten free with dairy-free option
Steph said: “This has fantastic pizza flavor and is super low-carb. If you’re looking to stock the freezer, this is a great make ahead meal—no pasta or starches that have a tendency to break down when reheating.”
Pizza Crackers from Daily Bites ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, refined sugar free, paleo, primal, vegan
Hallie says: “I dare you to stop at just one! Well, actually I don’t. Because that would just be mean. Serve these crackers with cut up veggies as a nutritious snack. They’re so flavorful, they don’t even need dip.”
Pizza Dip from Gluten Free Easily ~ gluten free, with dairy-free options
One reader said: “This was very good and easy. I had many requests for the recipe!”
Pizza Fondue from A Year of Slow Cooking ~ gluten free, egg free
Stephanie said: “This was great. We spread out a blanket in front of the TV and had a carpet picnic with the pizza fondue and watched dvds.”
Pizza Hummus from Whole Food Mom ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, sesame free, vegan
One reader said: “I just made this and it is awesome! Really tastes like pizza, I can’t believe it!”
Pizza Muffins from Civilized Caveman Cooking Creations ~ gluten free, grain free, casein free, primal
One reader said: “I’ve made these several times now. Delicious and easy!”
Pizza Muffins from Gluten Free Easily ~ gluten free, dairy free (can be made with dairy ingredients)
One reader said: “I made these for dinner tonight. Delish!”
Pizza Quiche from The Spunky Coconut ~ gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free
Kelly admitted that she didn’t set out to make pizza quiche, but went with an Italian theme. She added: “It wasn’t until the quiche was baking that Ashley said, “I smell pizza!” And she was right. It did smell like pizza. So I say run with it—fill yours with your favorite pizza toppings.”
Pizza-Stuffed Mushrooms from Apron Strings ~ gluten free, egg free, vegetarian (would be easy to make dairy free using dairy-free cheese, omitting dairy, or using some nutritional yeast)
Donna said: “I bought cute little mini pepperoni slices and used little round slices. Then, I made small round slices from a mozzarella cheese stick. And of course, sliced olives are a must. I made a variety of toppings so you get a different classic pizza bite with each mushroom cap.”
Popover Pizza from Gluten Free Easily ~ gluten free, vegetarian
One reader said: “Shirley, that was a treat! We ate some hot from the oven, then finished it up a few hours later. Delicious both ways. (It was a 1/2 recipe in an 8×8″ pan.) … it’s a keeper.”
Portabella Pizza Burgers from Vegetarian Mamma ~ gluten free, vegan (can use dairy if you wish)
Cindy said: “Mmmm Just thinking of this sandwich makes me a bit hungry! There is just something comforting about this sandwich! The warm portabella mushrooms gives such a filling and deep taste to the sandwich. I used vegan cheese to top my sandwich but feel free to use your favorite cheese!”
Quinoa Pizza Balls from Ricki Heller ~ gluten free, dairy free, egg free, refined sugar free, vegan
Ricki says: “The simplicity of these balls belies their complex flavors. The pairing of fresh basil and tomato paste here is truly evocative of pizza. These make a great party appetizer or main course alongside a crisp salad.”
Quinoa Pizza Bites from Chocolate-Covered Katie ~ gluten free, with dairy-free, refined sugar-free vegan options
One reader said: “I made these today and they were absolutely amazing!!”
Slow Cooker Puffy Pizza Casserole from A Year of Slow Cooking ~ gluten free (use gluten-free option)
Steph wondered if she could make pizza in her crockpot and after she gave it a try, she said: “Yup … I loved the way it worked in the crock. I didn’t vent the lid at all—it puffs up beautifully and completely satisfied my family’s cravings without needing to worry about gluten or tipping the delivery guy!”
Crockpot Pizza Soup from A Year of Slow Cooking ~ gluten free, vegetarian (easy to make dairy free by omitting cheese topping or using dairy-free cheese)
One reader said, “I just made this for the umpteenth time. WE LOVE IT!!!” One of my support group members actually recommended this recipe to me. She and her family rave over it as well. Another reader said: “We love this soup! We like a thicker soup though, so I usually add two 14 oz jars of sauce and extra one of water because it looked like it would fit. We like extra pasta too.”
The next part of this series will be a variety of recipes for pizza topping combinations to use on either your favorite homemade or ready-made crusts. There will also have to be a Part 4 of this series as I’ve discovered many more wonderful gluten-free pizza crust recipes! And don’t forget to check out Gluten-Free Pizza Party! Part 1: Over 30 of the Best Gluten-Free Pizza Crust Recipes.
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