Saturday, May 28, 2011
Udi's Gluten Free Pizza Crust
While I had a religious experience with Udi's Sandwich Bread and had a real, deal bagel with their bagels I had extraordinarily low expectations for Udi's pizza crusts.
It's like GF manufacturers don't know what to do when it comes to GF pizza crust. Do they try and emulate wheat crust? Do they make it thin? Do they try and make it chewy? Do they just give up and half ass and hope that the poor pathetic desperate celiacs eat it and shut up?
I think they go with the last one.
But not Udi's.
Udi's gets "it."
It is completely futile for any GF manufacturer to even attempt to make a pizza crust similar to wheat crust. The result will be a flat out fail. It just can't happen. Nothing but gluten can replicate that delicious chewy but oh so soft inside of a pizza crust. Trying to market us something that is sort of soft - maybe chewy is kind of insulting. We aren't morons - we know what good food is and just because we have an auto-immune disorder or an allergy doesn't mean we have to suffer.
Let me get off that soapbox.....where was I? Oh right. Okay so the way I see it is that GF Pizza Crust just needs to be a really kick ass thin crust pizza. This is where its easy for GF Manufacturers to succeed. And Udi's totally succeeded. The crust cooks up crispy and is just dense enough - it can definitely withstand my heavy handedness with sauce and toppings.
I like that this crust isn't trying to be wheat crust - its just trying to be a really good GF crust.
PS - I swear to God Udi's is not paying me - I just really, really love them :)