During the summer, if I’m not grilling, I try to pull together simple dishes that take very little prep and don’t require standing at the stove for too long. After all, I’d rather be outside enjoying the weather and having some fun in the sun! Hearty sandwiches piled high with delicious fixings are always a good option; for instance, a classic Philly cheesesteak sandwich. Thinly sliced steak, sautéed onions and melted cheese; you can even grill the steak outside for easier clean-up (just be sure not to overcook it). Inspired by these simple ingredients, I decided to skip the bun and top a yummy gluten free, grain free pizza crust with these fixings!
There are quite a few gluten free pizza crusts on the market these days. I opted for the Against the Grain crust, which is made of cassava flour (also known as yuca or tapioca). With cheese baked right into the crust, this delicious crust is not only gluten free but grain free, too! Cauliflower crusts are another option that’s readily available in many stores; it’s really a matter of your family’s preference. I love the flavor and texture of cassava-based breads, so this one worked for me (and it held up well to the steak and cheese). The sautéed steak and onions served double duty — I used half of it to top my 12″ pizza crust and the other half was used to make the kids and my husband club sandwiches. It was a win-win!
- I used pepper jack cheese because I like the hint of heat, but feel free to use any cheese that your family likes.
- Don’t overcook the meat. Since it’s going into the oven for a bit, it will get too dry if it’s overcooked in the sautéeing process.
- Store leftover slices in the fridge, wrapped individually in foil. Reheat leftovers in the oven right in the foil.
- Vidalia onions are also a nice option since they are sweet like a red onion. I’m all about the balance of flavors!
- This pizza makes a lovely dinner or lunch — and can even be used as an appetizer!
Gluten Free Cheesesteak Pizza
- 2 packages of thin shaved beef (note: I made quite a bit for a family of five, but if you are only making one pizza, one package of the beef should be plenty)
- 1 12-inch Against the Grain pizza shell, thawed in the refrigerator
- Shredded pepper jack cheese
- 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
- Garlic powder
- Salt, pepper
- Canola or vegetable oil for frying beef
- Olive oil for sautéing onion
- Step 1 Preheat your oven according to the directions on the pizza package
- Step 2 In a large frying pan, heat a couple of tablespoons of canola oil. Add the shaved steak and sautéed over medium heat.
- Step 3 Season steak with garlic powder, salt and black pepper, to taste.
- Step 4 In a separate frying pan, heat a little bit of olive oil and add the sliced red onion. Sautéed the onions over low-medium heat until the begin to soften and caramelize slightly. Season with a bit of salt, if desired.
- Step 5 Place the pizza crust on a baking sheet. Top the crust with the pieces of shaved beef. Next, add the sautéed onions and the shredded cheese.
- Step 6 Bake in the oven until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted.
- Step 7 Using a pizza cutter or sharp knife, cut into about 8 slices.