Against the Grain gluten-free baguettes and bagels have been sold in our area for quite a while. Because I don’t care for either of those items from the company, I never bothered to try the pizza. The company exhibited at a recent gluten-free event here and several people commented about how much they liked the pizza that Against the Grain was serving at their table. I never got around to trying it so I decided to buy the 12” Three Cheese Against the Grain pizza when I found it at my health food store here.
About a year ago I was talking to another gluten-free pizza company owner and I suggested that they consider making a larger pizza than 10”. Just like the 10” size is not large enough for my husband and me when dining out, it’s not enough for us to share at home. The person I was speaking to explained the many reasons that no one would be coming out with a 12” (or larger) gluten-free pizza. I must admit that I’m very glad that the person was wrong.
It was so exciting to see the large gluten-free pizza in the freezer that I could not resist paying $9.20 for it – even though it was made by a company that makes other items I don’t personally care for. Since there was only sauce and cheese on the pizza, I added sliced kalamata olives and turkey pepperoni to it. I cooked the pizza for 15 minutes in a 400 degree oven on my Airbake pizza pan. It was great that the pizza actually took up most of the 14” pan.
Even though the pepperoni on the pizza was almost burnt in a few places, the crust never got very crispy. Actually, due to the pan I used, the crust was browned nicely on the bottom so at least that was good. The crust tasted a bit like cheese bread since the crust has cheese in it. I’ve had a pizza with a crust that is made with just cheese before and it was divine. The Against the Grain crust was nothing like that. The cheese in the crust leaves a bit of an aftertaste that I don’t care for.
My husband thought the pizza was fine and ate three pieces of it. I ate one piece and ate only half the crust. The tomato sauce was a bit too sweet for me which didn’t help my overall opinion of the pizza. My husband didn’t think there was enough sauce on it. I agree that the sauce was light which was fine with me since I don’t like a lot of sauce in the first place.
Most people that like the bagels and baguettes from Against the Grain will likely enjoy the pizza from the company as well. People were literally raving about the pizza at the vendor fair and I’m sorry I didn’t care for it. I think the 12” pizza is a good value since we pay about $15 for a 10” pizza at our pizza joint. Against the Grain also makes is a smaller size pesto pizza that I didn’t catch the price of at the store.
Something anyone can appreciate about the Against the Grain product line is that there is nothing artificial in the food. As stated on the packaging “you can read and pronounce every ingredient”. That is a very good thing, no doubt. Against the Grain products are sold at Whole Foods, Earthfare, Wegmans and Bloom stores – to name a few. If you’re interested in trying the products, check this store locator to find out if they are sold in your area.