Gluten-Free Bacon Poutine Pizza

I’m a stickler for tradition with poutine. In order for it to be poutine, it HAS to have:

1. Fries
2. Proper sauce
3. Actual, fresh, NOT DEEP FRIED cheese curds.

I’m ok with the addition of most items (I like to add bacon and green onion slices to mine), so long as it has the basics, and doesn’t go OVERBOARD with the additions. Toppings shouldn’t eclipse the base ingredients, just accent them!

The other day, my friend Karine Charlebois posted about “Poutizza” (in THIS mini comic), and I knew I’d have to make some. Not only is actual poutine NOT available in Minneapolis, but hey – I’m gluten-free on top of it.

I did have to make some tweaks to my go-to poutine recipe, though. I decided on oven fries, as baking deep fried fries would give them a gross texture. Also, not a ton of sense going to all the extra effort and fat of deep frying, when they’re going to end up baked on a pizza anyway.

Also, I played with the viscosity of my sauce, so it would act as both poutine sauce, AND “pizza sauce”. The mozzarella cheese is considered part of the pizza, and not part of the poutine… because if you put shredded cheese on “poutine”, you don’t deserve poutine anyway 🙂

Told you I was a stickler 🙂

The crust on this pizza is great – not dry, crumbly, or gummy at all, just a great, doughy pizza. My not-gluten-free husband loved it, and insists that no one would know it was gf – it really has a great taste and texture!

He would also like to add: “I like the gravy as pizza sauce, it has that nice seasoned saltiness you expect from a pizza sauce but yet it’s completely different. It’s fun and different, and really good!”

Anyway.

Before I get to the recipe, one final thought: today is launch day for my Beyond Flour 2 Kickstarter!

I’m so excited for this book to come out – I’m already over 2/3 the way through developing it, and there are some amazing recipes in there. I’ve perfected a gluten-free samosa that even tastes great as leftovers, AND there are flaky, tasty, easy to make cracker recipes – that don’t cost a fortune – among all kinds of other delicious things.

So, if you love great gluten-free recipes, be sure to check it out and back it ASAP! (please and thank you!) The first day of a campaign is critical to its success – having a popular campaign right off the bat brings all kinds of perks from Kickstarter, and definitely increases the chances that it will successfully fund! 🙂

Backers will receive their copies at least a month before the general release, AND will get them for about 20% off the cover price!

Now, on to the pizza … enjoy!

Gluten-Free Poutine Pizza

Makes a 13-14″ pizza

Crust:

1 1/2 cups Warm water
2 tbsp Liquid honey
2 tsp Salt
1 Tbsp Active dry yeast
1 1/4 cups Light buckwheat flour
3/4 cup Brown rice flour
3/4 cup Sorghum flour
1/2 cup Potato starch (plus extra for rolling)
1 Tbsp Tapioca starch
2 tsp Xanthan gum
1/4 cup Olive oil

Poutine Sauce:

1/4 cup Butter
1/3 cup Brown Rice Flour
2 Tbsp cornstarch
2 cups beef broth
1 cup chicken broth
2 garlic cloves
1/2 tsp+ ground black pepper
salt to taste

Toppings:

1/2 of a 26 oz bag Crispy oven fries
1/2 lb Bacon
1-2 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese
1 pack FRESH cheese curds (~12 oz)
Green onions, sliced

Add honey and salt to warm water, stir till well blended. Add yeast and stir again. Allow to sit (somewhere warm!) for 10 minutes.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine flours, starches, and xanthan gum. Add olive oil, mixing until evenly distributed. Add yeast mixture, mix well. Dough should ball up a bit, but be a bit sticky. Cover loosely with plastic wrap, allow to rise in a warm area for 1 hour.

Preheat oven for the fries, make the sauce:

In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Add rice flour, stir well until fully incorporated. Continue to cook, stirring constantly, until flour mixture becomes the color of peanut butter. This is called a roux, and cooking it to this level will impart a nice, somewhat nutty flavor to the sauce.

Once roux has obtained the right color, whisk in cornstarch, until smooth. Once cornstarch is incorporated, slowly add broth. It will steam like CRAZY, so be careful. Stir as you go, until sauce is smooth. Taste, season with salt and pepper. Allow to simmer on medium heat for a few minutes, until slightly thickened. This is not supposed to be a super thick gravy! Once the sauce is a good consistency, remove from heat and set aside.

Prepare oven fries according to directions on package. Set aside.

Chop bacon into small pieces, fry until crisp. Set aside, reserving the drippings.

Preheat oven to 450F, if it’s not already at temperature from the fries. Line large pizza pan with parchment paper, if it’s not nonstick. Brush lightly with liquid bacon drippings.

Generously dust work surface with potato starch. Roll each dough into a large 13″ round. Transfer to pizza pan.

Using a pastry brush, spread a very thin coat of liquid bacon drippings over the entire top side of crust. Bake for 15 minutes.

Remove crust from the oven. Spread some poutine sauce over prepared pizza crust. Scatter Mozzarella across the pizza, followed by fries, curds, and more sauce*. Bake for another 10-15 minutes, or until mozzarella is bubbly and starting to brown. Remove from oven, top with green onions, serve hot.

* For more authentic poutine involvement, scatter mozzarella on pizza, bake for 10-15 minutes. Remove from oven, top with fries, curds, and hot gravy, and serve immediately. This will prevent the curds from melting all over the pizza!

With 2017 being Canada’s 150th birthday, it’s about time I wrote the Canadian cookbook I’ve been planning for YEARS.

“More than Poutine” will be a Canadian cookbook like no other – written by a Canadian living away, it includes both traditional homecooking recipes, as well as homemade versions of many of the snacks, sauces, convenience foods, and other food items that are hard to come by outside of Canada!

High quality gluten-free versions of most recipes will be included.

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Breakfast Pizza

A few weeks ago, some postings that my friend George made about his new Cleveland area pizza restaurant – 3 Brothers Pizza – had me craving breakfast pizza.

It was something I hadn’t made in a long time, but was a favourite when I was growing up. This recipe is based on the one I grew up with, which was a bit of a bastardization of my grandmother’s baking powder biscuits recipe. It’s a fun way breakfast… Kind of complex tasting and definitely hearty breakfast, but relatively easy to make. Great way to start a weekend!

It was beautiful, delicious, and hit the spot, so I posted a teaser photo to Facebook… and promptly forgot about my promise to post the recipe soon. WHOOPS! Was reminded of it the other day, so here we go!

The recipe mentions the toppings that we had on hand that morning, but feel free to add whatever you’d like. Tomato and onion slices would work well, as an example. So would ribbons of fresh basil.. yum!

Breakfast Pizza Recipe

~1 lb bacon
3-4 eggs
2 cups flour
3 tsp baking Powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/3 cup shortening
3/4 cup milk
Baby bella mushrooms, sliced
1 green bell pepper, sliced
1-2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

Preheat oven to 450.

Chop bacon into 1/2″ strips, cook til almost crispy. Use a slotted spoon to remove bacon from pan and set aside, reserving drippings for other uses (May I recommend our “Epic Popcorn?).

Whisk eggs and scramble just until set. Remove from heat and set aside.

In a medium sized bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, salt, and oregano.

Measure shortening into the same bowl, and cut into the dry ingredients using a pastry cutter or fork(s). The ideal is to work it in until it’s evenly distributed throughout, in very small pieces. Add a handful or two of the bacon, stir gently to distribute.

Add milk, stir until dough comes together. Don’t over stir or beat it.

On a greased cookie sheet or pie plate, spread dough out, forming a crust that is of even thickness – between 1/2″ – 3/4″ thick. Evenly distribute scrambled egg over the crust, and top with mushrooms, green peppers, and remaining bacon (use whatever amounts of each that you like). Scatter cheese over the entire pizza.

Bake for 12-15 mins, or until dough is cooked through.

Gluten Free Deep Dish Pizza Recipe

I have an ego the size of a small planet right now, so you’ll have to excuse any perceived narcissism in this post*.

So, if you have to go gluten free, you KNOW how hard decent pizza is to come by. The premade store bought ones are more like a weird chewy cracker (that squeaks against the teeth!), than anything that should ever be called “pizza”. Restaurant ones aren’t much better, and cost a fortune.

What I’ve been craving lately has been Jet’s Pizza. I loved their pillowy, crispy-on-the-outside, deep dish crust. Forget the weird gluten free cracker crusts, I wanted something bready and yeasty and awesome.

I finally made the final crossover to the dark side. I was flirting with it for a bit there, playing with some pre mixed “all purpose” gluten free flours… now, I’m .. Darth Vader. YES! (Or just really high on the fact that I Just. Ate. Pizza.)

If you hadn’t guessed, I developed a proper gluten free pizza crust today. (Well, yesterday by the time I post this!). I abandoned the premixed all purpose flour in favor of looking at the individual properties/ flavors of various gluten free flours, and …daaamn. It looks AND tastes like the real deal. I mean, to the point where hubby pointed out that it’s better than most normal frozen pizzas, and a lot of lower-end, full gluten restaurant pizzas. It’s doughy and yeasty, not a cracker. Soft on the inside, golden and crispy on the outside… it browned well, didn’t squeak against the teeth, and you could pick up a slice and eat it. It held up well, and had no weird mouthfeel OR aftertaste.

If you’ve ever had to suffer through gluten free pizza dough before.. then you know why I am REALLY excited right now!

Not sure what else to say, partially because I’m super giddy. The use of oat flour was a bit of brilliance, if I do say so myself… it really gives it a hearty, bready taste. The crust has a “rustic” sort of taste to it – more earthy (nutty?) than a plain white crust, but not quite to the point of a whole wheat crust flavor. Might just be my greatest accomplishment to date…

Oh, it was good. I hope you enjoy this as much as I am!

* To be fair, I DID just create a gluten free pizza crust that looks, tastes, and feels like the real thing, so… really, there should be a Nobel with my name on it, right?

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St Patrick’s Day Pizza Recipe

Whoa! I’ve really neglected the blog recently… sorry about that! Racing to get the main areas of the house organized and cleaned up. No small task, considering that the dining room was still being used as temporary storage for everything that belonged in the kitchen. As we have enough of the shelves done to move forward, I’m re-populating them with everything that’s been in the dining room. It may not sound like much, but it’s a lot of fussy decision making, as much as anything. The new cabinetry layout is completely different from the old one, so I need to figure out where I want everything to be.

Anyway, the big cleaning rush is on account of our “St Pi-trick’s Day” party this weekend. Just finished the menu up last night – it’s going to be GOOD! For the uninitiated: My husband’s favorite “holiday” is Pi Day (He’s a major math nerd), while my favorite is St Patrick’s Day (Irish Canadian, here!). Usually, we celebrate the two together, ON Pi day. Loads of pi trivia, round foods, etc… with a heavy Irish theme running on top of it. Just finished our menu last night – it’ll be awesome!

If you’re looking for something unique to serve for your own celebrations this time of year – I’ve got the recipe for you! Behold: St Patrick’s Day Pizza!

I created this recipe for our pi day celebrations a few years ago, and it’s been a March staple for us ever since. It’s basically the result of wondering “What’s the best way to combine the two themes, in one epic main dish?”. Well… now you know!

This recipe starts with a flavorful, tender beer based rye crust, and continues with (Canadian style) colcannon, one of our favorite things ever. Top with some corned beef, cabbage, and Irish cheddar… there you have it. St Pi-trick’s Day perfection!

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Perogie Pizza Recipe

You’ve probably heard of some of the tricks that food stylists, photographers, and even some other food bloggers use to photograph the “perfect” setup. Shaving cream for whipped cream. Red Sharpies to make strawberries look better. Completely bizarre ways to treat food!

We… don’t. Whether for my cookbooks or this blog entry, what you see is what we eat. Many times, what you see is SO fresh out of the oven, that we’re both ravenous and drooling by the time it’s being photographed.

Aside from “why spend the time, money, and effort to make something inedible”, and it being sort of a matter of food respect for us, we also find a lot of the food styling tricks to feel… dishonest. So, we don’t do it.

The problem is, when food is made to eat, rather than made to photograph, sometimes it looks less than stellar. Today’s recipe? I’ve been holding off on posting it, just because the food in the photo looks so “blah”.

You know what, though? Some of the ugliest, least photographable foods out there are the best tasting. So, I’m going to share my perogie pizza recipe. It’s ugly, but it’s awesome!

This recipe was inspired by the perogie pizza I used to order at “East Side Marios” back home. It’s been so long, I don’t remember what the sauce was that they used – it wasn’t perogie filling though – and they used sliced potatoes, rather than mashed. Was awesome, but I wanted to improve on it!

This pizza is the ultimate comfort food, combining two of my favorite foods. It also works up quicker than actual perogies… but if you’re interested, I have a recipe for THOSE, too: Perogies Recipe!

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Pesto-Shrimp Stuffed Crust Pizza

Pizza is usually good in any form, especially when homemade from scratch. Even a basic pepperoni pizza can be a thing of beauty… but when you play with the basic elements, changing the sauce and adding interesting ingredients, pizza can be so much more!

My husband and I *adore* freshly made pesto, and grow a sick amount of basil in our backyard to keep our addiction well supplied. (300 individual plants, at last count!). This recipe caters to both our love of pesto, as well as our love for tons of cheese – it is a definite family favorite. Fancy enough to serve when company is coming over, as well!

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