Tuesday, September 8, 2015

There's What in my Pizza?

When I used the phrase food like substance to describe Domino’s pizza, I got a bit of pushback.

How dare I say that Domino’s wasn’t food. It was made with a real crust, real cheese, tomatoes, wasn’t it?  If that isn’t real food, what is?

Gluten-free pizza
Real food Gluten-Free pizza
Looking closer at the list of ingredients tells a very different story.
Looks at this list of ingredients, and guess what ultimate product they create:

Enriched Flour (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin
Folic Acid), Water, Malt, Sugar, Whey, Malted Barley Flour, Yeast, Soybean Oil.
Zzesty Blend: Butter Flavored Oil (Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Soy
Lecithin, Artificial And Natural Butter Flavoring, Vitamin A Palmitate And BetaCarotene for Color), Imitation Parmesan Cheese (Water, Modified Food Starch, Casein And Or Caseinate, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Cellulose
Powder, Salt, Sodium Phosphates, Stabilizers [Mono And Diglycerides, Guar
Gum, Carrageenan], Natural Flavor, Lactic Acid, Sorbic Acid [As A Preservative]), Onion And Garlic, Spices, Salt, Lactic Acid, Butter Flavor, Tomato Powder, Bell Pepper. Dextrose, Citric Acid, Extractive Of Paprika And Lemon And Orange Oil With No Greater Than 2% Calcium Silicate And/Or Soybean Oil Added to Prevent Caking.

Ok, so maybe the flour gives it away, but would you put Zzesty blend in your homemade pizza crust?

What in the world is Zzesty blend anyway? Buttery flavored oil, imitation Parmesan cheese and a bunch of flavorings.
Got to admit, I don’t use any butter in my pizza dough, and a quick check of Google doesn’t bring up any recipes with butter in their crust.

Did you notice that this crust has 3 sources of sugar in the first 5 ingredients?
Lots of manufactures will do this fractionating of sugars into separate ingredients just so the finished product appears healthier.

I call it deceptive.

How about this list?
Tomatoes, Tomato Puree (Water, Tomato Paste), Carrot Puree, Onions, Celery
Puree, Romano and Parmesan Cheese (Cultured Milk, Salt, Enzymes), Sugar,
Salt, Garlic, Butter, Spices, Chicken Base (Chicken including Natural Chicken
Juices, Salt, Chicken Fat, Sugar, Maltodextrin, Hydrolyzed Corn Gluten, Dried
Whey, Natural Flavoring, Yeast Extract, Turmeric for Color), Olive Oil, Citric
Acid, and Xanthan Gum.

This one is a bit more complicated to guess.

It is their Hearty Tomato Sauce.
Leaving aside the idea that a typical tomato sauce is pretty basic, can you count the possible reactive foods in this?
Cheese and whey are both dairy forms,
chicken base makes this inappropriate to vegetarians,
hydrolyzed corn add yet another allergen
and unless you tell me sources for the spices, natural flavoring, and yeast extract, I wouldn’t trust this to be gluten-free.

Two sources of sugar again, in a sauce that really shouldn’t need it since it starts from tomato paste.

Their Cheese Ingredients :
Part Skim Mozzarella Cheese (Pasteurized Milk, Cultures, Salt, Enzymes),
Modified Food Starch, Cellulose (Added To Prevent Caking), Nonfat Milk,
Whey Protein Concentrate, Flavors, Sodium Propionate (Added as a
Preservative).

Why the need to boost the protein content with whey concentrate? Couldn’t they just use milk?


This is why, given a choice, I cook.

At home.

With organic ingredients.

And it is also why, I’ve never eaten a Domino’s pizza.

Gluten-Free Whole Grain Pizza


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Combining gluten-free whole grains to create a crisp and chewy pizza made simple. Remember to bake it plain first, our doughs need the extra blast of heat.

Prep Time:
Bake
Dinner
Yield: 14 inch pizza
Ingredients:
430 grams (2 cups) Whole Grain Flour Mix
189 grams (1 1/3 cups) White Flour Mix
10 grams (1 Tablespoon pixie dust
1 tablespoon active dry yeast or one package
1/2 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon olive oil
1¼ cups of water

Instructions:
1.In a mixing bowl. combine the whole grain flour mix, white flour mix, pixie dust, yeast, salt and sugar.
Mix till well blended and a uniform color
Add the olive oil and water.
Beat for at least one minute.
Press and smooth the dough into individual sized pizzas or one large pizza.
Allow to rise for 45 minutes, covered in plastic wrap or with a second cookie sheet flipped over the first.  You want to keep the dough moist while it rises.
Preheat the oven to 450.
Place the dough in the oven for 10 minutes.
Remove and top with sauce, cheese, pesto- Whatever you like
Return to oven and bake 15-20 minutes till the cheese melts and the toppings are well browned.

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