Monday, February 2, 2009

Gluten-free Dairy-free Rancho Pizza

Yesterday, I made a fabulous pizza, if I do say so myself! And it was fun to try and morph one of my favorite recipes into something we could all eat.

One of our favorite stops after church was Ernesto's, this little pizza place in the North End of Boston. It's a hole in the wall with about 5 tables, but many would say it has the best pizza in Boston.

They have this Chicken Rancho pizza that is truly amazing. It sounds rather disgusting when you hear the ingredients (chicken, ranch dressing, bacon, fresh tomatoes, onions & cheese), but I've never known someone who tried it and didn't like it.

Roy yesterday randomly mentioned that he thought we could make this pizza on a biscuit crust. I made this ranch dressing recipe. I pretty much followed the recipe exactly (hard to believe!) except I used hemp seeds instead of cashews (so Bear could eat it) and I halved the vinegar to make it thicker. I made a biscuit crust, using all olive oil & no coconut oil, and simply added some parsley, basil and garlic powder to it. I flattened it out on a cookie sheet, using a rubber spatula that had been dipped in olive oil. and baked it for 10-12 minutes.

Then I put some ranch on the bottom and layered tomatoes (I used a 14 oz can of diced, but fresh would be better), onion slices (1 small onion), chunks of cooked chicken (about 2 small breasts) & crumbled bacon (12 slices, cooked), topping it off with a little extra dressing. I used too much dressing, but I think about a cup total would be good.

You could easily much this vegetarian by using black beans. Yum!

For other great pizza ideas, check out Gluten-free Homemaker's Pizza suggestions!


Alisa said...

That is a seriously creative pizza! Sounds good.

Linda said...

I've never put chicken on a pizza, but it sounds good with bacon and Ranch. I've included this in the pizza highlights this week. Please include a link back.

Brenna Kate, Living Unveiled said...

Linda, I put a link in my blog post. I don't know how to do a link back. Is there an easy way?