New Pizza Crust for that Big Beefy Pizza

Last summer I posted a gluten-free pizza crust recipe which was for a more crisp pizza crust. This crust recipe is for those that like a slightly thicker, soft, chewy, bendable, holdable, and foldable pizza crust. So, now there is something for everyone’s preferences.

I started making this pizza last summer, after we got back from a trip to Minneapolis. While we were there, we went to eat at Pizza Lucé, and I have been craving it ever since. They have some seriously good pizza there, plus they have some pretty wild topping ideas, but so delicious (seriously, I’d never thought of mashed garlic potatoes on my pizza, but it is so good!). This recipe was created after our trip there (actually, thought of for the whole 8 hour drive home), and we’ve been enjoying it (nearly weekly) since. No one would ever know they are eating a gluten-free pizza unless you tell them.

Freeze the crusts for later! Here’s a note from a reader:

“Hey Jeanine, the frozen pizza crust experiment was a success. I made your chewy pizza crust, baked 10 minutes as directed and when they cooled I put wax paper between them and threw them in the freezer. A week later we thawed them, added toppings, and they turned out every bit as good as fresh.”



Now that you have the pizza crust, your imagination is your only limitation. You can top it with anything! Not sure what to do? Take a look at some online menus for popular pizza places, you will find an array of ideas. The pizza that we made was inspired by a Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich. The caramelized onions, steak sauce, roast beef and Provolone cheese really brought the flavours of the popular sandwich onto a pizza. (I’m not a fan of onions, and even I could have used more of these sweet onions on my pizza. It was that good!)



This recipe is being linked to Canadian Beef, in hopes that I can win an all-inclusive scholarship to Eat, Write Retreat in Washington, D.C. so I can learn to write gooder. 😉 The contest runs until Monday, February 24th, so expect a few more beefy recipes between now and then.

49 Responses to New Pizza Crust for that Big Beefy Pizza

  1. Veronica February 25, 2012 at 9:22 am #

    Yum! This looks fantastic! We are always looking for a good pizza crust recipe. Thanks for sharing!

    • Jeanine February 25, 2012 at 9:47 am #

      You’re welcome! Enjoy! :)

  2. Sandy February 25, 2012 at 9:42 am #

    Isn’t Pizza Luce great!!!! You might be interested to know that the pizza crust there contains no egg, which is why I prefer it to other places as I cannot eat eggs.

    • Jeanine February 25, 2012 at 9:46 am #

      LOVE their pizza, Sandy! Can’t wait to get more sometime, wish they had a place in Grand Forks. :) I had no idea they didn’t have eggs in there, that’s interesting. Wonder how they get that amazing texture without. Hmm…

  3. Lisa February 25, 2012 at 11:55 am #

    I love pizza! This looks great. Do you think the second crust could be frozen for later use (prior to the baking stage)?


    • Jeanine February 25, 2012 at 12:11 pm #

      Our second crust usually ends up being something with toppings the kids will eat. 😉 BUT, I do have some frozen crusts in the freezer right now, I will take one out today, let it rise and bake it, see how it work. I know someone was parbaking them too, I’ll see what she’s doing with them at that point. I’ll get back to you. :)

  4. Dee Johnson February 25, 2012 at 7:39 pm #

    Finally! I have been looking for a thick GF pizza crust. Thanks!

    • Jeanine February 26, 2012 at 9:21 am #

      You’re welcome! If you want it really thick, just don’t spread the dough too thin. I spread it fairly thin, and still get a nice, chewy crust. You may need to add a few minutes bake time if you decide to make it a little thicker (12″ pizza instead of 14″, for example)

  5. Amanda Stubblefield February 26, 2012 at 6:43 pm #

    Wow! I made this today for my annual pizza and start of the NASCAR season tradition and it did not let me down. It was a great crust that definitely gave me the chewiness of my old deep dish favorite. A few notes: For others who might not have a stand mixer, it worked just fine with my hand mixer. I did modify it with a cup of almond milk that I heated to 120-130 degs instead of the powdered milk and warm water, in order to make it dairy free. I ended up not getting it spread as thinly as recommended (mine was between 11-12″) which was good in one respect because it was really yummy with a nice, thick crust, but I think I will spread it a little more next time because it fluffed up much more than I had expected it to while it was baking before I added toppings. I may also try adding herbs to the mix next time too, I’m thinking garlic salt instead of the regular salt. With this crust I was able to make my absolute favorite pizza with a hearty helping of pizza sauce, pepperoni, green olives, and mushrooms. What was so beautiful about this crust is that it didn’t have any problems with sogginess, floppiness, or falling apart like so many gluten free pizza crusts I’ve tried usually do, especially with as much tomato sauce as I like! This one is truly a keeper! Thank you sooo much for bringing back thick crust pizza for me!

    • Jeanine February 26, 2012 at 7:39 pm #

      Yes!! So glad to hear your feedback, Amanda! You’re right, making it dairy free is an easy task, great job on that. :) And you’re right, it does puff quite a bit more than you’d expect. Adding garlic powder & Italian seasonings is a great idea, and I do that quite often, depending on what the toppings will be.
      So happy that you have pizza night back! :) I am going to be doing an experiment this week with par-baking and freezing the crust, it would be nice to have a nice, 14″ frozen crust in the freezer for a quick pizza night. :)

      • Amanda Stubblefield February 27, 2012 at 9:08 pm #

        I’m hoping you have good results with the par-baking and freezing as that’s what I did with my other crust and I plan to try it out this coming weekend! :) Also, I want to say thanks for all the hard work and wonderful posts you provide! I’ve made quite a few of your recipes since I started following about a year and half ago and because of the repeatability, quality, and ease of use of your recipes, you are one of the primary GF bloggers I recommend to others when I find someone who is newly diagnosed and trying to figure out how to make that transition to living GF.

  6. San Diego RV Camper February 26, 2012 at 11:31 pm #

    Thanks for sharing great pizza dough recipes! Freshly made dough’s are more tasty that those that are frozen. I like the idea of storing unused dough. It can spare me some time when I like to make pizza again. :)

  7. Terris @ Free Eats February 27, 2012 at 11:34 am #

    You’ve been busy in the kitchen Jeanine! This pizza looks so delicious. My mouth is definitely watering, and now I know what I want for dinner tonight. :)

  8. Lisa @ GF Canteen February 29, 2012 at 11:24 am #

    Really nice looking crust and great photos. Those beef people should totally send you to the conference! That pizza looks awesome and if it doesn’t make them drool, they must be vegetarians…

  9. sue April 8, 2012 at 11:56 pm #

    Thanks for another great recipe-just had the best gluten free pizza in 18 years! Very easy to make though I was a bit worried as I spread it over the baking sheet and it looked just so-so. However, it puffed up nicely and cooked beautifully-nice thick crust but crisp and chewy. My family, who are very fussy when it comes to pizza being still able to eat gluten ones , were very impressed. Will definitely be adding this to the favourites list

    • Jeanine April 13, 2012 at 6:40 am #

      that is saying a lot, Sue! When the non-gf eaters like it, you know it’s good! Now, you have a lot of pizzza-less years to make up for! 😉

  10. Barbara B April 12, 2012 at 10:06 pm #

    This pizza crust recipe is fantastic! We couldn’t tell it was gluten free. This will be my new go to pizza crust recipe, it’s better than any GF mix. THANKS so much for posting it!

    • Jeanine April 13, 2012 at 6:40 am #

      So glad to hear that, Barbara! It’s our favorite too, glad to hear that it worked well for you! :)

  11. Becky January 18, 2013 at 8:00 pm #

    Chewy Gluten-Free Pizza Crust
    THEN IT SAYS TO SEE NOTE….NOTE: 4 cups superfine brown rice flour, 1 1/3 cups potato starch (not flour), 2/3 cup tapioca starch. Combine all ingredients in a large zipper-top bag. Shake until well blended..

    • Jeanine January 18, 2013 at 8:14 pm #

      You use 2 1/2 cups of the all-purpose blend. I’ve also added the measurements for the individual flours, if you don’t want to work with an all-purpose blend. HTH

      • Rebecca DelSesto January 20, 2013 at 7:53 pm #

        Thanks so much, I will make it this week….Beautiful page, recipes, pictures, etc..

  12. Terri Davila February 6, 2013 at 10:59 pm #

    Oh Jeanine, we absolutely love this pizza crust! It is nice, thick and hearty enough to hold a loaded pizza. This crust is NOT tough, hard, nor brittle! I did add garlic powder and dried italian seasonings to the dough as it was mixing since the boys like the seasoning. Hubby & I prefer just as is. I thought the days of sink your teeth in a deep dish pizza were gone. Hands down this is fabulous!!! Our thanks to you for all you do :)

  13. Amy May 3, 2013 at 6:30 pm #

    We had Friday pizza night tonight, for the first time since going GF. I used this recipe for one XL pizza, and another GF recipe from a popular GF site for a second. Hands down, my entire crew (of 6!) enjoyed this far better. Even my husband (who hates all things GF) raved that it was really good. Thanks so much for bringing back pizza night!! :)

    • Jeanine Friesen May 4, 2013 at 7:15 am #

      Yeah!!! Amy, that just makes me smile. :) So glad to hear it was a hit for your family, everyone deserves to enjoy pizza night!

  14. Karen Thomas May 10, 2013 at 7:41 pm #

    This crust was really good! I had pizza for the 1st time tonight since going GF in Feb. Thanks for this great recipe!

    • Jeanine Friesen May 13, 2013 at 7:23 am #

      Glad to hear that, Karen! So happy that you’re enjoying pizza night again!

  15. Aisleen June 30, 2013 at 11:58 pm #

    Thanks for the recipe. Here’s a tip I found helpful. I split the dough into about five “lumps” around the pizza pan. It made it easier to spread around as the dough is a bit sticky to work with.

  16. Aisleen July 1, 2013 at 12:05 am #

    Thanks for the recipe. Here’s a tip that I found helpful. To make it easier to spread out the dough, I split it into about five “lumps” around the pizza pan. It was much easier to “connect the lumps” rather than push and pull the dough from one spot.

  17. alliesong July 31, 2013 at 1:12 pm #

    Loved the recipe! Had been denying my pizza craving for several weeks, finally gave in. What a trip it was, first, I was just sure I had a mix at home. Found, I was wrong, so came here! Began mixing ingredients, then discovered I was out of both brown rice flour and potato starch. So, I substituted white rice flour and corn starch. Then to add something extra I brushed the crust with Olive Oil at the 10 minute spot and sprinkled with garlic salt. It was excellent! Had to run off the gluten eating boys, they wanted to steal our pizza! Thanks for the excellent recipes, I always know I can trust anything you post!

    • Jeanine Friesen July 31, 2013 at 7:56 pm #

      Haha, love it! Hard to keep those gluten eaters away from good food! 😉 Thanks for the vote of confidence! :)

  18. alliesong July 31, 2013 at 1:14 pm #

    PS…Do you think I could bake this into a French Loaf? The texture, seemed about right to me.

    • Jeanine Friesen July 31, 2013 at 7:57 pm #

      I’ve heard of others that use it for bread, so I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. I haven’t tried it myself, I have no idea why. I will do it in my baguette pan soon! :)

  19. Kristina September 23, 2013 at 9:10 am #

    Could I use dried coconut milk in place of the dried milk? I am keeping my fingers crossed that this will be my last and favorite pizza!!! Thank you

    • Jeanine Friesen September 23, 2013 at 9:17 am #

      I’ve never tried it, so I’m not sure. The recipe works well without the milk powder too, I’ve made it that way many times, or you can substitute with almond flour as well. Fingers crossed for you too! :)

  20. Brad January 1, 2014 at 12:57 pm #

    Have you tried doing this with egg replacer instead of egg? Eggs are a no-go for my wife, and I’d really like to find a better crust recipe than the one we’re currently using.

    • Jeanine Friesen January 1, 2014 at 1:31 pm #

      I haven’t tried it, Brad, but I think it could work. I’d do enough for 2 eggs, and then leave out 2 tbsp or so of water, adding it if necessary at the end. You want the consistency of the dough to be quite soft. I spread it out on parchment paper with a wet spatula to form it. HTH!

  21. Terri January 17, 2014 at 10:30 am #

    I made this gf pizza crust the other day and it was so good! My husband who has celiac, loved it; first gf pizza crust he actually enjoyed that was homemade! Thank you so much for all your hard work in creating these wonderful recipes! Yours is the first baking site I go to. :)

    • Jeanine Friesen January 17, 2014 at 1:46 pm #

      Glad to hear that, Terri! I went through many, many bad pizza crusts before creating this recipe. Bring on pizza night! :)

  22. Angela February 18, 2014 at 5:45 pm #

    I just came across this recipe and it look great. Easiest one Ive seen yet, but are there any hints to make it if you dont have a standing mixer?? I havent quite acquired one yet :(

  23. Julihana March 30, 2014 at 11:21 pm #

    Hello Jeannine,

    Very early in life I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease and worked with a restricted diet. Over the years the symptoms appeared to recede and I was able to eat things containing wheat and gluten. A year ago, the symptoms returned and so I have again excluded wheat/gluten from my diet.

    Today I made your pizza crust with my favorite toppings – pizza sauce, sun-dried tomatoes, roast chicken, basil, olives and a blend of cheeses – parmesan, asiago, fontina and provolone. It was delicious!!

    Thank You!!

  24. Carrie May 10, 2014 at 3:09 pm #

    I just made this crust and had a really hard time getting it to spread. I tried wetting the spatula and found it did not work so I wet my hand and spread it that way. It isn’t a pretty looking pizza but an hoping after it rises it will taste great. By the waynis there another trick to spreading this dough? Thanks.

  25. Lexy July 1, 2014 at 12:46 am #

    LOVED it! Left the second half of the dough in the fridge overnight for pizza today, and it was even easier to work with :)

  26. Amarit October 5, 2014 at 6:29 pm #

    With two in the family eating GF, I’ve been looking for a pizza crust recipe that we can all enjoy (husband and 2 kids are not GF). This has been the winner! I’ve been making one large rectangular pizza on a large cookie lined with parchment paper and the size is perfect. Tonight I realized we were out of xanthan gum, so I googled substitutes. I read that ground chia seeds can be used 1:1 as a sub and had them around, so I ground some up to use. The crust still tasted great, but fluffed up more than usual. The batter was a bit thinner, when first putting it on the pan, but the end result was great. I’ll be using the chia version from now on. Thanks for the recipe!

  27. Francie November 30, 2014 at 4:26 pm #

    So now that we’re a wheat free/GMO free family Ive been on the hunt for recipees to save costs from the pricy $6 loaves in the stores. I start out skeptical with any gluten free recipee as the the first 3 I’ve tried we’re utterly horrible. This was the first pizza dough Ive tried & hands down a WONDERFUL recipee. Not only are we glutten free now but also dairy free. I combined this with a vegan mock mozerella which also turned out excellent. We have “missed” our friday night pizza & have now found a healthy way whithout hormones/gmo’s, etc. & it was truly enjoyable not just passable.

    I found I liked this a little thicker than spreading into two 14″ pans. 10-12″ is what we did with 1/2 of dough & liked it better than the thinner.

    Thank you SO much for posting!!!

  28. Becky January 28, 2015 at 8:11 pm #

    Just made this as a cheesy flat bread to go with dinner, and it was marvelous! Such a versatile recipe!

  29. Bridy February 27, 2015 at 5:55 pm #

    What can I say, yet again another fantastic recipe.
    I didn’t have instant yeast so I used what I had. I made sure my eggs were at room tempature.

    I baked the crust on prch,went first time around and then placed the crust on a preheatd pizza stone.
    They turned out so great.
    Your recipes are beyond easy and quick to prepare. Thank you again for this great one.

    • Jeanine March 5, 2015 at 12:02 pm #

      My pleasure, Bridy! The two pizza crust recipes I have on my site, we LOVE! So many bad ones before finally making my own recipe. Glad to hear it’s a favorite at your place too!


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