My guess is that most of you would call these bun-less burgers. OK, I’ll give you that, but they are nice paleo, protein-packed alternatives to the classic English Muffin Pizza. When I am out and about running errands, I can guarantee at some point my blood sugar is going to bottom out and I will need to get food in me stat, therefore I am trying to create more “small plate” on the go meals, snacks, and even recovery meals. Hey Ellen, these are great recovery meals! My kids do not want to be paleo, they remind us of that at almost every meal. When I placed these in front of them they yelled, “Hey, these are paleo!” “No they are not,” I said, “they are primal because of the cheese.” “Oh.” they said, end of discussion, and they ate them and liked them, even my most pickiest child. Yay.
Notes on Un-cured meats and being Paleo: I found a nice organic un-cured pepperoni at my Whole Foods. It does not have the nitrites/nitrates or MSG most commonly found in cured meats like salamis, sausages, and bacon. But it still has a small amount of salt and sugar. Try to find un-cured meats with no sugar- it is hard to do but they are slowly making their way on the scene. I found out a farmer in the next county over is making some pork un-cured products without sugar and USWellness Meats carries some too. The brand I found at Whole Foods is fine for now considering I eat it so rarely, but I do look forward to trying a sugar-free brand soon, or making my own. Like that will happen.
Two pizzas stack perfectly in an 8 ounce wide-mouth Kerr mason jar for on-the-go-blood-sugar-dump emergencies. Nuzzle your jars against a small ice pack in your lunch box and you are ready to hit your day in delicious style. I enjoyed these at room temperature too.
- 1 pound pastured ground sirloin
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp. Italian seasonings like Penzeys Tuscan Sunset
- ½ tsp. kosher salt
- 4 Tbs. organic no salt added tomato paste
- 1-2 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
- pinch more of Italian seasonings
- ground black pepper
- Toppings: grated mozzarella (primal), un-cured sliced pepperoni, sliced fresh olives, slided pepperdews, anything else you like on pizza
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Mix together beef, egg, 1 tsp. Italian seasoning, and salt until well blended.
- Place a piece of plastic wrap in a wide-mouth mason jar lid and press a scant ¼ cup of the beef mixture to the edge of the ring, forming a small patty. Repeat until all the meat is used.
- Place the patties on a foil lined jelly-roll pan with edges and bake for 8 minutes.
- Meanwhile thin the tomato paste with some olive oil- I liked 2 Tbs. and add a pinch of Italian seasonings and black pepper. Set aside.
- Remove the beef crusts from the oven and dab the tops with paper towels to remove excess grease. Top each with a tsp. of tomato paste mixture and your desired toppings. Bake another 5 minutes.
- Remove pizzas to a paper towel lined plate, then place on a serving platter or on cupcake paper liners.
- Eat immediately or allow to cool completely and stack in wide-mouth mason jars.
PS: I made mine with pepperoni, pepperdaws, and olives, no cheese for me.
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