Finally, Delicious Gluten-Free Matzah Pizza

Crispy. Savory. Ready to get you through the rest of Passover

Gluten-free matzah pizza with sautéed wild oyster mushrooms, firm mozzarella, fresh mozzarella, and olive oil

I’m pretty sure I remember something in the Passover story about how matzah pizza got our ancestors through their escape from Egypt. It certainly helps us get through eight days of Passover. It’s comforting, delicious, and quick to make. Eat it with a salad full of greens and herbs, and you’re even getting some of the fiber we tend to be lacking this week––at least for those who don’t eat kitniyot.

But if you can’t eat gluten, matzah pizza is a little more difficult. Gluten-free matzah tends to fall apart more easily than regular matzah, so its pizza gets soggy and saggy and sad. And that’s if you can find a sheet of matzah that isn’t broken in the first place.

Gluten-free matzah brings other Passover challenges too––and not just because, for religious Jews, it doesn’t fulfill the halakhic requirement of matzah. Some brands get around this by labeling the gluten-free matzah “matzah-style squares.” I adapt the matzah brocha in the seder to “…al achilat matzahstylesquares.” I’m sure it isn’t halakhically correct, but a) I’m not religious, and b) it’s fun to say.

But back to pizza. I’ve combined tips from a few sources––about both gluten-free and regular––and I think I’ve figured it out.

An article going around this week about regular matzah pizza suggests pre-baking the sheet of matzah with some cheese grated on it, to give a more stable and less-soggy foundation.

A year or two ago, someone suggested using two sheets of matzah rather than one for gluten-free matzah. But the bottom matzah always felt like it was just holding up the soggy top matzah.

I thought, what if we combined these tips––and improvised some other ideas?

Here’s what I did:

  • Preheated the oven to 450.

The matzah sheets fuse together in the final pizza, giving you just enough crust to do its job.

Does this work for you? Do you have any other tips for gluten-free matzah pizza? Let me know! And happy Passover.

Public health professional, writer, and pun perpetuator living in Seattle, WA.

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