Monday, June 28, 2010

Say Cheese for Pizza

I love pizza. Having a slice takes me back to my youth, when my mom would take us out to dinner and a movie. There was a great pizza place right next to the theater. I love melted cheese, dripping off the sides of the pizza. I love scooping the remnants of cheese and goodies off the pizza platter. I also love a flavorful pizza with zing but no sauce.

However, nowadays, I can't just waltz into a pizza parlor because I'm gluten-intolerant. Yes, there are a couple of places that offer gluten-free pizza, but really, I can't be sure. I haven't had much luck coming out of a pizza place after eating what the owners claimed to be gluten-free. Why? Flour flies everywhere.

So I make a pizza every now and then at home. I need my fix. While there are gluten-free pizza crusts that you can buy in the freezer--and the one sold in the Whole Foods freezer is really good--I love the flavor of fresh-baked bread. So this week, I bought a box of gluten-free pizza dough mix, made a fresh pizza pie, and topped it with some of my favorite things. Yum.

I made this particular pizza without the sauce and used Asiago cheese.
Asiago is similar to Parmesan and can be swapped out in most recipes. Alpine milk is what makes Asiago special. Alpine meadows have a huge variety of grass species and flowers which help create a better tasting milk.
Do you hear strains of the Sound of Music?

Can you smell the cheese? Nutty, yummy, with a crystalline crumble. Fabulous.



1 10-12 inch round pizza crust

½ cup tomatoes, diced

½ cup mushrooms

½ cup green onions, diced

½ cup sun-dried tomatoes

8 slices lean salami

8 kalamta olives, halved

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon fresh rosemarry, snipped

1 tablespoon dried basil

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

½ cup Asiago, shredded


Bake pizza crust at 450 degrees for 10 minutes.

While pizza is baking, grill mushrooms in 1 tablespoon of olive oil

Remove pizza from oven and drizzle with olive oil, balsamic vinegar. Sprinkle with salt.

Arrange tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, salami, olives on the pizza.

Sprinkle with rosemary and basil

Sprinkle with Asiago cheese. (Yes, you may add more)

Bake in oven for 10 minutes until cheese melts and turns golden.

Serve immediately.


By the way, The Long Quiche Goodbye is due out any day now, so I've started guest blogging. I've already blogged at Jungle Red. If you want to check out the various blogs, click this link to my event calendar. Leave a comment.

And don't forget...the contest leading up to the launch of the book is going to end next week. So enter and remember, Say Cheese!

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  1. Thanks for the recipe.

    For GF pizza crust, I sometimes make a Brazilian cheese bread called pao de queijo which is just tapioca flour, eggs, oil, herbs and shredded cheese. Very fast and easy to make, and lots of taste. (I put the recipe online at

  2. I didn't know about Alpine milk being the secret behind Asiago cheese. Interesting! We love easy pizza, so this recipe is a keeper for me, Avery. :)

  3. This looks yummy. I shouldn't be wanting pizza at 7:30 in the morning. :) Great recipe.

    Thoughts in Progress

  4. Can we eat pizza for breakfast? It does look good.

  5. We love Asiago cheese. What fabulous ingredients Avery! This sounds like such a treat. Homemade is always better than store-bought pizza. Perfect!

    July 6th isn't too far off. Can't wait to get my copy of QUICHE!


  6. Of course you can have pizza for breakfast. There's no sugar, either. Well, not in this pizza. Elena, I can't wait to try your pizza dough. Sounds fabulous!!!


  7. Pizza for breakfast! Hurray for Avery! Love this.


  8. "The hills are alive with the smell of cheeeeese...." YUM. I had no idea that Asiago
    was Alpine enhanced. I am learning so much from you, Avery. CAN NOT wait for the book!!!

  9. Things are getting closer--we finally broke down and bought the gas grill because who knows how long it'll be before we can use our new stove. Still no sinks, though, so easy-cleanup is a must. But I think you can do pizza on the grill.

  10. Oh my goodness but I'm hungry now. This is fabulous, Avery. I first had melted Asiago on a bagel. It's now one of my favorites. It melts so beautifully and tastes wonderful. Asiago pizza -- how very gourmet!

    ~ Krista

  11. Pizza on the grill. Oh, Terry, I've got to try that. I don't think I'd ever "flip" it, however.

  12. Yes, pizza on the grill is spectacular!

    great minds think alike, posted me a Gorgonzola focaccia bread pizza today. It is the perfect food, a meal in itself!

  13. Hi Avery - I'm late today but lovin' this post - just posted you to Facebook for the night crowd!

    Cheers and can't wait to see THE LONG QUICHE GOODBYE on store shelves at last!

    ~ Cleo