Prepare to have your mind blown. The best gluten free pizza comes from a classic Italian recipe. It’s a traditional recipe, called farinata (it’s called socca in france), that uses chickpea flour. Cook it in your cast-iron skillet and you’ll never make gluten free pizza any other way again.
Cast-Iron Skillet Farinata—The Best Gluten-Free Pizza Crust Alternative
Farinata is a thick pancake made from chickpea flour (also called gram flour or besan). It’s a delicious, easy-to-make, gluten free pizza crust alternative. Best of all, it is surprisingly easy to make.
The Italians cook farinata in copper pans in very hot wood-burning ovens. Your home oven probably doesn’t reach 900ºF, so a cast iron skillet comes in handy. The skillet acts like a baking stone, getting very, very hot and retaining that heat. The result is a delightfully crisp crust that is a perfect base for all of your favorite pizza toppings. Depending on what toppings you choose, it can easily be made vegetarian, vegan, or dairy-free.Print
Farinata is a delicious, gluten free pizza alternative. Roasting the tomatoes and onions in the skillet (before cooking the farinata crust) caramelizes them beautifully, making a flavorful topping. This recipe is excerpted from my book Home Skillet: The Essential Cast-Iron Cookbook for Easy One-Pan Meals.
- ¾ cup chickpea flour
- 1 cup water
- 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt, plus a pinch
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus a pinch
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
- 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 3 ounces fresh goat cheese
- Preheat the oven to 450°F.
- In a medium bowl, combine the chickpea flour with the water, 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, the rosemary, ½ teaspoon of the salt, and ¼ teaspoon of the black pepper and whisk until well combined. Set aside to rest for 30 minutes.
- While the batter is resting, combine the tomatoes, onion, crushed red pepper, garlic, 1 tablespoon of the remaining oil, and a pinch of salt and pepper in a 10-inch cast-iron skillet and toss to coat the vegetables with the oil. Spread the vegetables out in a single layer and roast for 20 minutes, stirring once. Transfer the mixture to a bowl or plate and wipe out the skillet.
- Increase the oven heat to 500ºF (or as hot as your oven goes). Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of the oil to the skillet and swirl to coat the bottom. Give the batter a stir and pour it into the skillet. Bake for 20 minutes. Top the chickpea cake with the onion and tomato mixture and crumble the goat cheese over the top. Bake for 12 more minutes, until the center of chickpea cake is set. Remove from the oven and let stand for 10 minutes before serving. To serve, cut into wedges.