One of the meals my husband missed most when he had to give up gluten is pizza. It’s very hard to find a pizza place that has a gluten-free crust. We are lucky in our area that one of the pizza restaurants (Yianni’s House of Pizza – http://www.yiannishouseofpizza.com/) does have a gluten-free crust – very thin and crispy. We usually order their barbeque chicken pizza – made with grilled chicken, barbeque sauce and cheese – oh so good!!! I’ve also had the Greek pizza with a gluten-free crust. Even though I’m not gluten-sensitive, if I get the gluten-free crust and we have leftovers, my husband can eat them too – I like to share!! Another restaurant with gluten-free pizza crust in Maine and New Hampshire is Portland Pie Company (http://www.portlandpie.com/). We like their gluten-free pizza crust, too.
Okay, I’ll admit that my recipe for Upside-down Pizza Casserole comes close, but doesn’t really replace a good pizza. Most importantly, it has to be eaten with a fork, not your fingers. You can still add your favorite toppings and sauces (on the bottom!), then the toppings are covered with cheese and the “crust” is poured on last. My sister gave me this recipe a couple years ago and I don’t know where she found it. I had to convert her wheat flour recipe to gluten-free, so naturally I used my wonderful substitute, Pamela’s Gluten-free Baking and Pancake Mix. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do! Bon appetit!!
Gluten-free Upside-Down Pizza Casserole
2 tablespoons olive oil Batter:
1 lb. ground turkey sausage 1 cup Pamela’s Baking & Pancake Mix
1 medium onion, chopped 1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup fresh mushrooms, chopped 1/2 cup milk
1 clove garlic, minced 2 eggs, beaten
1 jar (25 oz.) spaghetti sauce
1 pkg. (4.5 oz.) turkey pepperoni
1 cup fresh spinach
8 oz. mozzarella cheese, shredded
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a large skillet, brown the ground turkey, onions, mushrooms and garlic in the olive oil. Once cooked, drain the excess liquid. Add the spaghetti sauce to the cooked turkey mixture and simmer for 5-10 minutes. Spoon the mixture into a greased 9″ x 13″ baking dish. Layer the pepperoni on top of the mixture. Layer the fresh spinach on top of the pepperoni. Cover it all with the mozzarella cheese. Bake in the oven for 5-10 minutes to melt the cheese. In a small bowl, combine the batter ingredients and mix well. Remove the meat mixture from the oven and pour batter on top. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and bake for an additional 25-30 minutes until golden brown. Makes 4 to 6 servings.
** Variations: add chopped peppers, sliced black olives, or your favorite topping to the meat/sauce mixture.
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