If you have family or friends that have gluten-free diets, you know that it can be challenging to accommodate their needs during the Holiday season. Many people have tried various gluten-free food options just to find they're flavorless or have odd textures. This tends to turn people off to the whole concept of gluten-free foods.
So because of lack-luster taste and very few options, gluten-free options are often left off of Holiday menus. This does not need to be the case. There are several yummy gluten-free options out there, but you just need to know where to find them. No, they don't all taste like cardboard...I promise! In fact, many of these foods taste so amazing that you'll never know what's missing.
One of my favorite gluten-free companies is Udi's. The folks at Udi's have truly mastered making following a gluten-free diet not only easy, but delicious! My kids absolutely adore their many cookie varieties, granola, and brownie bites, and their breads, hot dog rolls and hamburger buns are wonderful, too. They're not exactly like their traditional counterparts, but they're very, very close. They have a similar taste and texture to rolls found at upscale restaurants that specialize in gourmet breads from local bakeries.
Recently, I got the chance to include several Udi's Gluten-Free products in our Holiday meals. We even got to try their pizza crust, which is something I hadn't tasted yet. We decided to make a fruity dessert pizza with a cream-cheese based "sauce". We had our neighbors and their kids over and no one even knew this pizza was gluten-free! The kids happily gobbled it up, and even asked for seconds!
Overall, I was very impressed by Udi's. (As usual!) This pizza crust comes ready to top with all of your favorite ingredients, and you can bake it in the oven, too. I actually pre-baked the crust to give it some crispiness, let it cool completely, and then added the toppings. It was definitely flavorful and was able to hold up well, even loaded with tons of toppings!
Here's my recipe, if you'd like to try it for yourself! This would be a perfect dessert or appetizer idea during your Holiday gatherings.
Berrylicious Gluten-Free Dessert Pizza Recipe :
Udi's Gluten-Free Pizza Crust
1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened.
¼ cup granulated sugar
For the Glaze:
1 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1.Preheat the oven to 350˚.
2.Bake your pizza crust for 5-10 minutes. Just long enough to give is a little crispiness! The timing is really up to you, since some people like their crusts browner and crispier than others.
3.Mix cream cheese with the sugar in a bowl.
4. Remove crust from the oven and allow to cool completely.
5.Evenly spread the cream cheese mixture on your crust.
6.Top with fruit in any pattern you'd like. Be creative! Food is supposed to be fun!
Making the Glaze:
1. In a saucepan combine the orange juice, sugar, and cornstarch. Mix well.
2. Once everything is dissolved, drizzle over the pizza.
3. Try to eat only one slice! I dare you!
***Disclosure: I received complimentary samples to facilitate my review. No other compensation was provided, and all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***