This gluten free pizza on a stick is the perfect back to school snack or quick lunch. The gluten free pie crust creates a pocket made to be filled with an aromatic tomato sauce, crispy bacon (or pancetta), olives and – of course – stingy mozzarella cheese. Pizza and foods-on-a-stick lovers: this one’s for you. (There’s also a video with step-by-step instructions, do take a look!)
You asked for it, so here you have it. You’re welcome.
When I published my gluten free pie pops, the overwhelming response was: “WOW, amazing! Now, can we get a savoury version? Pizza version, if possible?”
And, well, how could I possibly say “no” to such an AWESOME idea?!
We all love pizza, we love foods “on a stick” (case in point… “cupcakes on a stick” actually exist… go figure), so combining the two… genius. Now, this is my variation on the pizza on a stick phenomenon. It’s more pie-meets-pizza-and-why-not-let’s-throw-a-stick-in-there, because while my gluten free pie crust might be on point, the thought of gluten free pizza dough still instills a deep fear in me. Don’t worry, we’ll get there.
Okay, so let me walk you through what’s going on here. We have the super duper flaky, buttery pie crust. It’s pretending to be pizza crust, but we’ll allow it because it’s doing a darn good job.
Then there’s the filling. One word: YUM!!! The tomato sauce is chock full of aromatic herbs, the pancetta (or you can use bacon) is crispy and mouthwatering, the olives give an additional pop of yummy saltiness, and – of course – the mozzarella. The latter needs to explanation. Or justification, while we’re at it. Because when melted, it’s cheesy stringy heaven. I mean, just look at it:
It’s totally OK to over-fill the pizza pockets. In fact, it’s obligatory. Still, do make an effort to properly seal the pizza pie pockets – we want the filling to stay inside, after all. To top off what’s already shaping up to be a pretty awesome snack, we’ll sprinkle the top of each pizza on a stick with
a bit a lot of grated parmesan cheese.
The only thing that can make this pizza on a stick better is to dip it into something delicious. I used leftover tomato sauce (So. Good.), but you can use pesto or any other dip you fancy at the moment. (More melted cheese, perhaps?)
Pizza on a stick makes the perfect back to school snack (ohmygosh how is it end of August already???), picnic treat, quick lunch, or even a midnight I-shouldn’t-but-oh-well-it’s-too-good-not-to snack. Of course, you can leave out the sticks and make pizza pockets… but… why on Earth would you do that?
- 1 cup cold water
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 cups (250 g) gluten free flour
- ½ cup (50 g) coconut flour
- 1 tsp xanthan gum
- pinch of salt
- 1¾ sticks (200 g) cold unsalted butter, cut into ~1/2 inch cubes
- ½ cup (90 g) canned tomatoes, crushed
- 1 tbsp leaves of fresh mixed herbs (basil, oregano, thyme) or ½ tsp if using dry herbs
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 rashes (25 g) of pancetta or bacon, cut into small pieces and fried until crispy
- ¼ cup (30 g) olives, sliced into circles
- 4.2 oz (120 g) mozzarella cheese, cut into strips
- ⅓ cup (30 g) grated parmesan cheese
- 1 egg, lightly whisked (or 3 tbsp of dairy or non-dairy milk for an egg-free option) – for egg wash
- In a cup, mix together cold water and apple cider vinegar, and place them into the freezer until needed.
- Sift together gluten free flour, coconut flour, xanthan gum, and salt.
- Add the butter and toss it in the flour until all butter pieces are covered with it.
- Using your hands, pinch together the butter pieces and flour until you get a mix of fine pea-size pieces and larger, ~1/3 inch size pieces.
- Add the ice cold water-vinegar mixture, 2 tbsp at a time, and mix the pie dough with a fork until it comes together. You will need 14 – 16 tbsp of water. The dough at the end should be slightly more damp/wet than typical pie crust because gluten free flour tends to absorb more moisture during baking, so we want to counteract that.
- Shape the pie dough into a disc (if needed, knead it slightly – but don't overwork it!), wrap it into cling film and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
- In a small saucepan, cook the crushed canned tomatoes, herbs, salt and pepper on medium heat for 3 - 4 minutes or until all herb have wilted.
- Set aside and leave to cool.
- Pre-heat the oven to 200 ºC (390 ºF).
- Line a baking sheet with baking/greaseproof paper.
- Remove ½ of the pie crust dough from the fridge, shape it roughly into a disc, and place it in between two pieces of cling film. The cling film will stop the pie crust from sticking to the rolling pin and the surface underneath.
- Roll out the pie dough until it is about 3 mm thick.
- Peel back the top layer of cling film.
- Cut out isosceles triangles (the two longer sides ~5 inches/12 cm) with a slightly rounded shorter third edge (think pizza slice)
- Press a craft stick halfway into each triangle (see video).
- Put on ~1 tbsp tomato sauce, crispy bacon (or pancetta), olives and mozzarella.
- Roll out the other ½ of the pie crust dough in the same manner as above.
- Cut out triangles in the same manner as above, but make them ~1/4 inch larger (on all sides) than the previous ones.
- Brush the edges of the bottom triangles with the egg wash (or milk, but egg will work better in sealing the pie pops) around the filling. Brush also across the stick. This will help seal the filling inside the pizza pockets.
- Place the larger triangles on top and seal around the edges by pressing down with your fingers.
- Using a fork, decorate the edges of the pizzas.
- Using a knife, gently pierce the tops of the pie pops (see video).
- Brush the pizzas with egg wash (or milk) and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
- Bake in the pre-heated oven at 200 ºC (390 ºF) for about 20 minutes, or until the pizzas on sticks have puffed up slightly, and are crisp and golden brown.
- Pizza on a stick is best still hot, when the mozzarella cheese is all melted and stringy – but is super yummy also when cool.
- The gluten free pizzas on sticks keep well in a closed container in a cool dry place for about 3 to 4 days (but they are usually gone within the hour).
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