This is a sponsored post on behalf of Crisco.
I was ready to make some delicious-looking gluten free corn dog muffins for my kids’ lunch, but four of my five kids mentioned they don’t like corn dogs! How can that be?! That was one of my favorite school lunches as a kid! My kids could eat pizza or hot dogs daily if I let them so I thought a pizza + hot dog combination would be any kid’s dream lunch. (This was a compromise because I wasn’t able to make the corn dog muffins, but the gluten free pizza dogs turned into a pretty delicious compromise).
We do not have any gluten-sensitivites in our family, but I have been experimenting with different flours because of the various nutritional benefits they offer. I made these pizza dogs with sprouted brown rice flour, but you could use any flour. Although by using a different flour, the finished pizza dog may differ slightly than mine.
This pizza dough is simple: sprouted brown rice flour, Greek yogurt, salt, baking powder, Crisco shortening and maple syrup. Maple syrup isn’t usually in pizza dough, but I thought it needed a little sweet and salty flavor like corn dogs usually have with the yummy cornbread.
Crisco shortening contains 100% vegetable oil and is a great substitute for butter or margerine in baking and frying. Crisco has 50% less saturated fat than butter and 0 grams of fat per serving. I always use butter-flavored Crisco shortening in my chocolate chip cookies (that’s the secret ingredient!) and I was not aware of these Crisco baking sticks until recently. They make baking so much easier with the tablespoon measurements on the package- just like butter, but with all of the benefits of baking with Crisco shortening.
Depending on what flour you use, the dough may be crumbly. If the dough is too crumbly to roll, add water one tablespoon at a time until it reaches a rollable consistency, but not sticky. Roll the dough until it is 1/4 inch thick or less. You don’t want the crust too thick- just enough to cover the hot dog.
It’s totally optional to brush the melted coconut oil and sprinkle with parsley and basil. You have to serve a pizza dog with pizza sauce for dipping!
Let me know your favorite ways to use Crisco shortening!
- 2½ cups flour
- 1 Tbls baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 Tbl maple syrup
- 1 cup Greek yogurt
- ¼ cup Crisco shortening
- 2 Tbls melted Crisco organic coconut oil
- dried basil and parsley
- nitrate-free hot dogs
- *to be gluten-free make sure to check all of ingredient brands you are using.
- Preheat your oven to 450
- Combine the flower, baking powder and salt.
- Add the maple syrup, greek yogurt and Crisco.
- Mix until combined.
- Roll the dough out on a floured surface until ¼ inch thick. (If the dough is too crumbly, add water by the tablespoon).
- Cut 6-8 rectangles big enough to fit the hot dog.
- Roll the pizza dough around the hot dog and mold the dough with your hands.
- Using a knife, slice small slits on the top of the pizza dog. Brush each pizza dog with melted coconut oil and sprinkle dried basil and parsley (optional).
- Bake for about 12-15 minutes.
- Serve with pizza sauce.