September 9, 2010

Gluten Free Pizza Party!

About a million years ago I used to make pizza crust with a package of cream cheese, a couple of eggs, parmesan cheese, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning. I hadn't had pizza in years and when I came across the recipe in a Suzanne Somer's cookbook and saw that flour was not used, I was too excited. First bite was heaven.

I made that pizza a few years later for a party I had and one of my friends said it was "disgusting". Granted, he was not gluten free, so it was a traumatic pizza experience for him. A few more years passed and I decided to throw a pizza party. I remember being in a TGIF mood and wanting to relive childhood memories of watching Full House and Family Matters while eating a frozen pizza in my best friend's basement. So I made about 8 different gluten free pizzas and invited some friends over.

By this time, gluten free pizza crust mixes were widely available and I was able to find those without a problem. I had all different varieties from Namaste to Whole Food's 365 Brand, which is sadly no more. As I was pulling the pizzas out of the oven, my buddy who dubbed my previous pizzas disgusting said, "those aren't gluten free, are they?" "Of course not!" I replied. I was the only person there that was gluten free and I know some people have the mindset of gluten free foods being yucky and will not even try them. I was not about to waste 8 pizzas.

After most of the pizzas were laid out, everyone started to dig in. I was still putting the finishing touches on my s'mores pizza (used Crushed Cocoa Pebbles, butter, and cinnamon for the crust), so I had not yet grabbed a piece. When I joined everyone and started eating a slice, my friend stared at me wide-eyed..."WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!" "Hahaha...gotcha!" I replied.

In just a few short years my gluten free pizza evolved from "disgusting" to not even being able to tell the difference. Not bad. In case you were wondering the eight pizzas I made that night were cheese, meat lovers, veggies lovers, chicken/spinach/alfredo, reuben, BBQ chicken, S'mores, and "Dessert" (sugar cookie crust, butter cream frosting, mini M&Ms. This was waaaaaaay before my gluten free blogging days, but I did manage to find some pics in the archives...bringing ya back to October 2008. (You can tell I was still a rookie with the camera!)

If that didn't get you craving pizza, you'll be happy to hear that there is an UPCOMING GLUTEN FREE PIZZA PARTY! It's true...
It's TGIF all over again Friday, September 17th at OMG....It's Gluten Free from 6-8pm.

They are having a pizza party to celebrate Chef AJ as he returns home from Orlando, FL fresh from the American Pizza Championship! He was asked to participate by a major gluten-free flour company using the OMG's pizza recipe. If chosen, AJ will become a member of the U.S. Pizza Team and is invited to participate in future culinary competitions. Locations include Brazil, New York and Italy. Good luck, AJ!

They will be sampling OMG pizza and washing it down with gluten-free beer and wine. Freezers and shelves will be stocked so for every $10 you spend, you will recieve a raffle ticket for a chance to win their new OMG gift basket!


Christopher And Tia said...

Must... make... pizza!

Maybe this weekend I will?
You've surely inspired me Miss Betsy :)

Betsy said...

Tia - you definitely HAVE to make "dessert pizza"'s quite possibly the best thing ever! :)

GFree_Miel said...

Ahhhhh pizza!!!! It all looks so good! I went to a friends house over the summer and her mom made me a gluten free pizza and it was the most amazing thing ever.

That dessert's making me so hungry just looking at it.

Diamond said...

My kids would LOVE the dessert pizza! But, I am interested in the S'Mores pizza. Do share more.