Gluten-Free Pizza Casserole

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This weekend three of my “Tween” aged nephews came to visit.  I wanted to make them meals they would like, but also,make meals that follow their family’s gluten-free diet.  ( I know I have mentioned on this blog before that I have gluten-free family members….Why are they Gluten-free?  Well, that’s not my story to tell.)

What Tween boy ( or any reasonable person) doesn’t like pizza?

This Gluten-Free pizza casserole is a take on a cauliflower pizza crust without being as labor intensive.   It also includes chicken.  Last year, I posted a Low Carb Pizza Round-up and I thought that building a pizza on top of a piece of chicken sounded fabulous!

My shredded garlic chicken was already made. I had cooked a bunch of chicken in the crock pot with garlic and olive oil, until it pulled-apart. I had a bunch of it in the freezer.

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Gluten-Free Pizza Casserole
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Serves: 8-10
You will want to layer all of the ingredients like a lasagna and bake it in the oven.
Ingredients
  • 3 heads of cauliflower- chopped and roasted
  • 5 cups of shredded garlic chicken
  • 1 package of pepperoni
  • 1 jar of marinara sauce
  • 1 jar of pizza sauce
  • 3 cups of mozzarella cheese
  • 1 package of gluten-free wraps ( optional)
Instructions
  1. Chop up three heads of cauliflower and roast them in the oven for 40 minutes at 400 degrees
  2. In a casserole dish, spread marinara sauce on the bottom of the dish
  3. Layer all of the ingredients in the casserole dish as follows
  4. Marinara sauce, Cauliflower, Pepperoni, Chicken, Marinara Sauce, Gluten-Free Wraps, Cauliflower, pepperoni, chicken, Gluten-Free Wraps, Marinara Sauce, Cheese, Pepperoni.
  5. Bake in the oven, covered in foil for 40 minutes
  6. take off foil for the last 10 minute of baking.

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I have written out in the recipe how I layered all the ingredients in the casserole. However, It doesn’t reallymatter exactly how you choose to layer yours.

I debated whether or not to include the gluten-free wraps. Some people like these gluten-free options available at the store, while others might not like the “fake stuff”. ( kind of like how some vegans love the fake cheese, and some vegans gave up cheese for a reason). I thought the wraps brought a great ” doughy” feel to the pizza casserole. But, I think that if you chose to omit them, this would still be an excellent dish.pizza5.jpg
I was a little nervous when I served this to my nephews. Would they eat it? I kind of saw them stare at it with curiosity when we sat down for dinner, they poked around at it for a bit. But VERY soon they cleared their plates and went for more. ( We ate THREE heads of cauliflower for dinner on friday night. THREE!)
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I REALLY enjoyed this. Even if you are not Gluten-Free. Why not make something a bit healthier to satisfy your pizza cravings?

I think next time, I will add a layer of spinach. What would YOU add?