Are you looking for an easy recipe for gluten free Margherita pizza? Well then you are in the right place! This recipe for gluten free Margherita pizza is made with Mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, garlic, fresh basil, and parmesan cheese.
We make this gluten free margarita pizza with gluten free pizza dough so that the pizza will be entirely gluten free. That being said, if you do not have a gluten intolerance then you can also make this Margherita pizza with regular pizza dough. A simple 1:1 substitution will work perfectly!
What is on a Margherita pizza?
What is on a Margherita pizza? Here are all of the ingredients you need to make this Margherita pizza.
- Gluten free pizza dough. The first ingredient you will need to make this gluten free Margherita pizza is gluten free pizza dough. You can use either homemade pizza dough or store bought pizza dough. We generally use this recipe for gluten free pizza dough to make our own pizza dough with Bob’s Red Mill flour.
- Olive oil. You will also need olive oil to make this gluten free Margherita pizza. There is no marinara sauce used in this pizza recipe. Instead, a layer of olive oil is spread over the top of the pizza crust before the toppings are added. We recommend using a smooth, buttery olive oil such as this California Olive Ranch Olive Oil.
- Mozzarella cheese. Mozzarella cheese is the main cheese that is used to make this pizza. The mozzarella cheese should be added before the pizza is cooked so that it melts and browns as the pizza cooks.
- Parmesan cheese. Parmesan cheese is also used to make this recipe for gluten free Margherita pizza. Unlike the mozzarella cheese, the parmesan cheese is not added until after the pizza is done cooking.
- Tomatoes. This Margherita pizza is piled high with fresh tomatoes that have been diced into small pieces. The tomatoes should not be added until the pizza has already cooked. For best results, you should use a flavorful variety of tomatoes like cherry tomatoes or heirloom tomatoes..
- Basil. Fresh basil is also added to this Margherita pizza after it is done cooking. The basil should be shredded into strips before it is added to the pizza.
- Garlic. Some fresh garlic is minced into small pieces and added to the pizza before it is cooked. Since the garlic is cooked along with the pizza, it has a subtle flavor that does not distract from the flavor of the tomatoes and basil.
- Salt & pepper. Finally, some salt and pepper is used to add flavor to the pizza.
How do you make a gluten free Margherita pizza?
How do you make a gluten free Margherita pizza? Here are all the steps you need to take in order to make a gluten free Margherita pizza.
- Chop the toppings. The first step in making a gluten free Margherita pizza is chopping all of the toppings for the pizza. The garlic should be minced into small pieces and the tomatoes should be chopped into small to medium sized pieces. The basil should be roughly chopped into strips. If you are using a ball of mozzarella cheese, you should also slice the mozzarella cheese.
- Spread the crust. After you chop the toppings for the Margherita, it is time to spread the pizza dough out to form the pizza crust. For best results, we recommend shaping the pizza crust on a sheet of parchment paper that you can transfer to a baking sheet or pizza stone when it comes time to cook the pizza. You should cover your hands in flour or olive oil before you shape the crust to ensure that the dough does not stick to your hands.
- Add olive oil, garlic, and mozzarella. After you spread out the pizza crust, add a thin layer of olive oil on top of the crust. Top the crust with garlic and mozzarella cheese. These are the only toppings that will be added to the pizza before it is cooked.
- Cook the pizza. Once you add the initial toppings to the pizza, it is time to cook the pizza. You should cook the pizza at a high temperature to ensure that the crust turns out nice and crispy. After the pizza is done cooking, let it cool for a few minutes before adding the rest of the toppings.
- Add the tomatoes, basil, parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper. Once the pizza is done cooking, it is time to add the rest of the toppings to the Margherita pizza. Specifically, the tomatoes, basil, parmesan, salt, and pepper should be added after the pizza is cooked.
How to store Margherita pizza
How do you store leftover margarita pizza? This Margherita pizza should be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container. If the pizza is stored in an airtight container, it will keep in the refrigerator for 3 days.
If you plan to make a lot of leftovers, we recommend waiting to add the tomatoes, basil, and parmesan cheese to the pizza until you are ready to reheat the leftovers. The pizza will not taste as fresh if the tomatoes and basil are reheated along with the pizza base.
How to reheat Margherita pizza
How do you reheat leftover Margherita pizza? You have a few options when it comes to reheating leftover Margherita pizza.
- In the oven. For best results, we recommend reheating this Margherita pizza in the oven. Pizza that is reheated in the oven generally has a crispier crust than pizza that is reheated in the microwave – especially if you use a pizza stone to reheat the pizza! We recommend heating the pizza for 5 – 7 minutes at 400 degrees or until the cheese melts and the pizza is heated throughout.
- In the microwave. If you need to reheat leftover Margherita pizza in a hurry, you can also reheat the pizza in the microwave. Pizza that is reheated in the microwave will generally not have as crispy of a crust as pizza that is heated in the oven, but it will still taste delicious! We recommend cooking leftover pizza for 35 – 45 seconds on full power or until the cheese melts and the pizza is heated throughout.
- 9 oz gluten free pizza dough
- 8 oz mozzarella cheese
- 1 cup tomatoes (diced)
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1/4 cup basil (lightly packed)
- 1/4 cup parmesan cheese (vegetarian parmesan style cheese)
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1 pinch salt
- Preheat your oven to 475 degrees. If you are using a pizza stone, put the pizza stone in the oven before you turn it on to preheat.
- Prepare all of the ingredients for the Margherita pizza. Dice the tomatoes into small chunks, mince the garlic, and slice the basil into thin slices. Slice your mozzarella cheese as well if necessary.
- Spread out the pizza dough until it is about 1/4 inch in thickness. You can decide whether you want to build up a crust around the outside of your pizza. We recommend shaping the pizza crust sheet parchment paper and coating your hands with flour or olive oil to prevent the pizza dough from sticking.
- Spread a thin layer of olive oil over the crust then add the garlic and mozzarella cheese on top of the crust.
- Cook the Margherita pizza at 475 for 15 – 18 minutes.
- When the pizza is done cooking, add the tomatoes, basil, salt, and pepper on top of the pizza. Sprinkle the parmesan cheese over the top of the pizza to finish it.
Substitutions for gluten free Margherita pizza
- Gluten free pizza dough. If you do not have a gluten intolerance then you can also make this Margherita pizza recipe with regular pizza dough. No other substitutions are necessary!
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