Saturday, July 28, 2012

Paleo Sloppy Joe Biscuit Pizza

I feel like a genius today. I wanted to come up with a fun and kid-friendly dinner to welcome my two home from their week away with their dad. Finger food is always a slam dunk, and pizza is one of their favorites.

In the past year I've experimented with all sorts of paleo crusts. I personally love the cauliflower version, but neither kid is sold on it. We all agreed that the one I tried based on almond flour was underwhelming, with the sweetness of the almonds just not quite working with traditional pizza flavors.

Today I decided to forego tradition, and work with a topping that would compliment an almond flour base. Whole Foods had ground turkey on sale, so I came up with a sloppy joe recipe without any ketchup or refined sugar.

For the crust I turned to Elana's Pantry biscuit recipe, following the recommendation by Brittany at Real Sustenance to add a little starch to yield a lighter texture. I didn't want my crust to be too thick or chewy.

I used Kerrygold butter, tapioca starch and apple cider vinegar per Brittany's tweaks. I definitely concur that this dough doesn't require the agave used by Elana, whether being used as a crust or traditional rolled out biscuits.

To prepare my crust, I patted it out on a baking sheet covered with a Silpat, then parbaked it for 8 minutes at 350.

While it baked, I worked on my filling:

Paleo Sloppy Joes

1/2 tsp. olive oil
1 lb. ground meat of choice
1/2 white onion, diced
1 8 oz. can organic tomato sauce
1 tbs. tomato paste
2 tbs. dijon mustard
2 tbs. palm sugar
1 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper

Heat oil in a large skillet; add meat and onion, cooking until meat is brown. Meanwhile, combine tomato sauce through black pepper in a small bowl.

Pour into skillet and stir thoroughly to incorporate with meat. Bring to a mild boil, then lower heat and simmer for at least 5 minutes.

To prepare my sloppy joe pizza, I spread the meat mixture over my parbaked crust. At this point if you're a purist, go ahead and bake it for 15 minutes. I sprinkled mine with 1 1/2 cups raw cheddar first. 

It made for prettier pictures and obviously made my ooey gooey-loving kids quite happy. Sprinkling the baked pizza with diced green onions is also optional, but likewise makes for more photogenic and tasty results :)