Gluten-Free Mushroom and Ricotta Pizza

  • Preparation Time15 mins
  • Cooking Time25 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyMedium
Gluten-Free Pizza Dough, recipe follows
Cooking spray
1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella
1/2 cup part-skim ricotta
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
Pinch crushed red chilli
4 ounces mushrooms, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves

For the gluten-free pizza dough

2 large potatoes (about 14 ounces)
1/3 cup warm water
2 teaspoons agave syrup or honey
One 1/4-ounce package active dry yeast
1 cup white rice flour
1/2 cup tapioca starch
1 large egg white
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

Set a pizza stone or baking sheet on an oven rack in the bottom-third position and preheat to 220°C. Divide the pizza dough into 2 balls. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and press each ball out into a thin 10-inch round. Put the baking sheet on the preheated stone and parbake until the dough just starts to brown on the bottom and edges, about 10 minutes for a softer crust or about 15 minutes for a crisper crust. Remove and let cool slightly.

Combine the mozzarella, ricotta, garlic, 1/4 teaspoon salt and crushed red chilli in a small bowl. Toss the mushrooms, olive oil, thyme and 1/4 teaspoon salt together in another small bowl.

Dollop the cheese mixture evenly on the 2 pizza crusts and spread out, then divide the mushrooms between them. Bake the pizzas until the crust is golden brown and the cheese browns in some spots, 8 to 10 minutes. Cut each into 4 pieces and serve.

Per serving (half a pizza): Calories: 520; Fat: 19 g (Saturated: 4.5 g); Cholesterol: 10 mg; Sodium: 780 mg; Carbohydrate: 70 g; Fiber: 3 g; Protein: 18 g; Sugar: 4 g.

Gluten-Free Pizza Dough: cover the potatoes with water in a medium pot. Bring to a boil and cook until fork-tender, about 25 minutes; remove. Once the potatoes are cool enough to handle, remove the skin and work the potatoes through a ricer set over a large bowl (should have about 2 cups). Set aside.

Stir together the warm water, agave and yeast in a measuring cup or small bowl. Let sit until a small layer of foam develops at the top, 3 to 5 minutes. (If this doesn't happen, discard and try again with new yeast.)

Add the potatoes, rice flour, tapioca starch and 3/4 teaspoon salt to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium speed until the mixture is combined and forms a fine, crumbly meal. Continuing to mix on medium, add the egg white and oil, slowly drizzle in the yeast mixture and mix until the dough comes together (it will be slightly tacky). Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and set in a warm place until the dough increases by half, about 1 1/2 hours.

Form the dough into 2 or 4 balls, for small or medium pizzas, then either cook them as desired or wrap them well and freeze for up to 1 month. Thaw frozen dough at room temperature, then shape and cook.

Keep parbaked pizza shells on hand for quick weeknight meals. Roll the dough balls into rounds and bake on a preheated pizza stone or baking sheet at 220°C for about 10 minutes for a softer crust, about 15 minutes for a crisper crust. Remove and let cool. Wrap the pizza shells well and freeze for up to 1 month. When ready to serve, add your favorite toppings to the frozen pizza shell and bake on a preheated pizza stone or baking sheet at 220°C until hot.

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