Cauliflower Pizza Wreath

Since this is Christmas week, I thought I would make a festive wreath shaped Cauliflower pizza!  Both gluten free and grain free, try this guiltless indulgence to balance out all those holiday cookies!

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  • 4 cups grated cauliflower
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup grated gruyere cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/2 sweet onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup gluten free BBQ sauce (I love Stubbs)
  • 1 egg
  • Italian seasoning or seasoned salt
  • olive oil


Use a hand grater or electric chopper to make 4 cups of grated cauliflower.  I usually grate my own, but you can purchase pre-grated in the fresh or frozen section.

Cook the grated cauliflower for 3-5 minutes in a large nonstick skillet, with 2 tbsp. olive oil and 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning.  Set aside to cool.

Toss the chicken thighs with 1 tbsp. olive oil and sprinkle with seasoning.  Bake for 1/2 hour at 350º.

Mix the cooled cauliflower with the beaten egg, cream cheese and gruyere cheese.

Line a pizza stone with parchment paper cut to size.

Spoon the cauliflower mixture onto the parchment and spread into a 1/2″ thick circle.

I used a small pinch bowl to make a circle in the center and scooped it out with a spoon.

Next use a spatula to create 8 sections and smooth the edges.  Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with more seasoning.

Bake for 25 minutes at 400º.  Meanwhile, cook the onion in a little olive oil until softened.  Chop the cooked chicken and add to the onion, drizzle with BBQ sauce.

Brush the baked cauliflower with more olive oil, especially around the edges and arrange the filling in an even layer.  Sprinkle with parmesan and drizzle more BBQ sauce.

Return to the oven for 5 more minutes to heat the chicken through and melt the cheese.

Notes ♪♫ Remember, a cauliflower pizza crust is baked separately from the toppings, which are added during the final 5 minutes of cook time.  That means any toppings you choose, like our chicken and onions must be fully cooked before adding to the pizza.

If you enjoyed this post, check out my Sausage and Mushroom Pizza on a Cauliflower Crust and my Cauliflower Cakes!

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Sausage and Mushroom Pizza with a Cauliflower Crust

Tonight I made a gluten free and grain free pizza with a cauliflower crust.  If you have never had a cauliflower pizza crust you will be amazed at how tasty it is, and without the grain you won’t be left with that overly stuffed feeling!  The most important thing you need to know about this pizza is that the crust and the toppings are cooked separately.  Only at the end are they assembled and finished together.  This pizza features my favorite Italian style toppings, sausage and mushroom!

As a main course, one pizza will be enough to serve 3 (2 slices each).


  • 4 cups grated cauliflower
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp. gluten free Italian Seasoning, divided
  • 1 cup Gruyere cheese, grated
  • 1 large egg
  • 6 oz. gluten free sweet Italian sausage, cut into coins
  • 1/2 sweet onion, diced
  • 8 crimini (baby bella) mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/3 cup sauce (use leftover from another meal or jar sauce)
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
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Pulse the cauliflower in a food processor or mini chopper and measure 4 cups.  Do the same with the Gruyere cheese, you will need 1 cup.

Heat 2 tbsp. olive oil in a large nonstick skillet, and cook the cauliflower for about 3 minutes, stirring frequently.  Season with salt, pepper and 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning.  When finished, transfer the cauliflower to a bowl and cool to room temperature (you don’t want the egg to cook).  To speed things up you can place it in the fridge for 20 minutes.

When the cauliflower has cooled, beat the egg, 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning and the grated Gruyere cheese.  Stir in the cooled cauliflower until thoroughly combined.

Trace a large sheet of parchment to fit a pizza stone, and turn out the cauliflower mixture onto the parchment.

Use a wide spatula to spread the cauliflower in an even 1/2″ layer and neaten up the edges.  This spatula from Oxo was designed for flipping eggs, but I find it is the perfect tool for smoothing out the cauliflower.

Bake the crust for 20 minutes at 400º, then finish under the broiler for 3 minutes on high.  Here is the baked crust, golden and crisp around the edges.  Brush it lightly with olive oil.

While the crust is baking, cook the toppings in the same skillet with a little olive oil and remaining 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning.  Remember, all toppings must be cooked through completely.  Drain the toppings after cooking, so they don’t weigh down the crust or make it soggy.

Spread the crust lightly with sauce, and add toppings in an even layer.

Finish with Parmesan cheese and broil for 3 minutes on high.

Grab the edge of the parchment and carefully slide the pizza onto a cutting board.  Slice into wedges and use a thin spatula to lift and serve.

Notes: ♪♫  If you enjoyed this post, be sure to check out my Cauliflower Pizza with BBQ Chicken, another gluten free and grain free favorite!

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Cauliflower Pizza with BBQ Chicken

Years ago, before I even knew that I had Celiac disease I got into making pizza with a cauliflower crust.  We were trying to lose weight at the time, and I was experimenting with low carb recipes.

Today cauliflower pizza is back in our dinner rotation as a delicious gluten free, grain free option!

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Grated cauliflower has become so popular, you can find it in both the fresh and frozen food section of your market.  I still hand grate mine as it really doesn’t take that long, and you get the very best flavor and freshness.  If you have a food processor, that is another fast and easy option.

The cauliflower at the market this year have been huge.  This one is going to provide several meals for us.  I will roast florets for an easy side dish and grate the rest for pizzas and cauliflower cakes.

You will see in the preparation that I used a pizza stone for this recipe, but you can also use a regular pizza pan or a sheet pan.  Whichever you choose, you will need parchment paper for easy transfer of the pizza from pan, to oven to cutting board.


  • 4 cups grated cauliflower
  • 2 tbsp. Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup grated Gruyere cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 lb. Chicken tenders
  • ½ sweet onion
  • 2 strips bacon
  • Olive oil
  • Gluten free BBQ Sauce, home made or purchased
  • ¾ cup grated parmesan


Grate the cauliflower using a food processor or hand grater.  Add it to a large non-stick skillet with 2 tbsp. olive oil, salt and pepper.  Cook for 3 minutes, stirring frequently.  Transfer to a bowl to cool.

Beat the egg, Gruyere cheese and Italian seasoning.  Stir in the cooled cauliflower, mixing thoroughly.

Preheat the oven to 400° and line a pizza stone with parchment paper, cut to size.  Spoon the cauliflower mixture onto the parchment and spread it into an even ½” circle.  Use a spatula to smooth it out and neaten the edges.

Bake for 20 minutes at 400°, then broil for 3 minutes on high.  Here’s what it will look like.

Wipe the skillet clean and begin cooking the bacon.  Drain on paper towels and dice.  Cook the onions in the bacon fat, then push to the side and add the chicken with a little olive oil.  When the chicken has cooked through, drizzle lightly with BBQ sauce.

Brush the crust with olive oil, then lightly spread with BBQ sauce, about 4 tbsp.

Spread the chicken mixture over the crust in an even layer.

Top with grated Parmesan cheese.

Broil 3 minutes on high, you should have a little nice browning around the edges but watch that it doesn’t burn.

Slide the pizza, parchment and all onto a cutting board.  Slice with a pizza cutter and use a narrow spatula to lift it off the parchment.

Notes: ♪♫ To keep the pizza from being too soggy, bake the crust by itself and add the toppings during the last few minutes of cooking.  Be sure that all toppings are completely cooked and drained ahead of time.

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