A low-carb sloppy joe pie casserole recipe that is simple to prepare. Cooked ground meat is combined with a tangy sauce and topped with a gluten-free crust.
Not sure why, but I had a craving for a sloppy joe sandwich the other day. It's been a long time since I've had one of these sandwiches which I recall eating a lot of as a child.
Sloppy joe sandwiches were often served on the lunch menu at school. There was something about piling the messy meat sauce on a burger roll and having the bread get soggy with the sauce.
I was a bit lazy and didn't want to make a separate bread to serve the meat on so I came up with this recipe for a sloppy joe pie casserole. I guess I could have whipped up one of those "bread in a minute" recipes, but something about baking in the microwave just doesn't appeal to me.
That's why I've never tried any of those "in a minute" type low carb recipes. Perhaps I'm just old fashioned and prefer traditional baking methods.
I'm sure I'll eventually give in to the convenience of making low carb bread in the microwave. I still remember how long it took to convince my mother that microwave cooking was safe.
We were probably one of the last homes in our neighborhood to have a microwave. Even to this day, I think my mom stays clear of the microwave oven when it's in use. The truth is that microwaves do emit radiation, but it's not the kind that can damage human cells.
I chose to top off the sloppy joe meat with a pie crust made by combining almond and coconut flours into melted butter and mozzarella cheese. This style of dough is often referred to as Fat head because it supposedly originates from this site.
I did use the microwave to melt the butter and cheese because it is so much faster than using a stove or cooktop. In fact, I think it would be rather difficult to melt the shredded mozzarella cheese to the correct consistency in anything but a microwave.
The mozzarella adds the elasticity that's typically missing in gluten free breads. It's best to kind of fold the dry ingredients into the dough. If the cheese starts to harden, you may need to microwave for 5-10 seconds to soften it back up. I never really worry if I don't totally get the ingredients mixed into the cheese. It will typically still roll out okay and look great after baking.
If I were baking the crust by itself, I'd use parchment on the bottom as mozzarella cheese based low carb crusts bake best on parchment paper which will also ensure it doesn't stick to the pan. Although I've made garlic parmesan bread sticks with a similar cheese based dough, I still haven't made a pizza crust. Pizza is next on my list as I have heard wonderful things about this type of rolled out pizza dough.
I used a 9-½ inch pie plate and the meat mixture only filled about half of the pan. I could probably double the amount of meat mixture next time and cut thinner slices to get more servings out of the recipe.
I didn't bother crimping the edges of the crust. I just kind of pushed them down a little to ensure the meat mixture was somewhat sealed underneath. I'm thinking this gluten free pie crust would be great for a low carb pot pie.
I baked the sloppy joe casserole just shy of 20 minutes when the top was browning and the edges becoming brown and crisp. I really enjoyed this delicious low carb meat pie.
Even my son and his college roommate stopped in and had a slice each. They probably would of eaten the whole pie, but I let them know that I needed some leftovers to bring in for lunch at work.
Low Carb Sloppy Joe Pie Casserole Recipe
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Sloppy Joe Pie Casserole – Gluten Free
- 1 ¼ pound ground beef or venison
- 1 tablespoon dry minced onion about 3 tablespoon fresh
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 6 ounces canned tomato paste
- 2 teaspoon sugar equivalent I used 1 packet Pyure
- 1 ½ cups grated mozzarella I used 160g of Kraft 2%
- 4 tablespoons butter melted
- 1 large egg
- 4 tablespoons almond flour
- 3 tablespoons coconut flour
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- Preheat oven to 400°F
- Brown ground meat with onion, drain off any excess fat.
- Stir in Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, tomato paste and sweetener.
- Spread meat mixture into 9 or 10 inch pie pan.
- In large bowl, melt mozzarella cheese in microwave (for my 900 watt, it was about 2 minutes at 40% power).
- Stir butter and egg into melted cheese. Then knead in almond flour, coconut flour and onion powder with hands or spatula. (Microwave for 5-10 seconds if needed to better incorporate the ingredients into the cheese)
- Shape crust dough into a ball and roll out between sheets of wax paper to a diameter to fit pie pan.
- Remove top sheet of wax paper, then invert rolled crust on top of meat mixture in pie pan and remove remaining sheet of paper. Crimp edges of crust if desired.
- Bake pie at 400°F for 15-20 minutes or until browned on top.
Low Carb Sweeteners | Keto Sweetener Conversion Chart
Array ( [serving_size] => 1 [calories] => 301 [carbohydrates] => 8 [protein] => 23.7 [fat] => 20 [saturated_fat] => 10 [cholesterol] => 98 [sodium] => 424 [potassium] => 329 [fiber] => 3.4 [sugar] => 4 [vitamin_a] => 850 [vitamin_c] => 4.1 [calcium] => 180 [iron] => 3.1 [serving_unit] => slice )
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Is it possible to replace the almond flour with more coconut flour instead?
Thanks, Love your website,
You should be able to add in a little more coconut flour instead but you may need to add another egg or more butter if it's too thick.
Hi this was great! I doubled the meat and paste, and added a few more seasonings. I also added 4 sliced of smoked white cheddar cheese ontop of the meat and below the crust and it was soooo yummy~
That does sound good. Thanks for sharing your changes.
Made this tonight along with some chipotle bacon brussel sprouts. My husband and I enjoyed it. Will definitely be making this again. Thanks for the recipe!
You're welcome! I'm glad the recipe worked out for you!
This is delicious but can I ask what type of almond flour you used? The one I have I cannot stand in any recipe to the point of me gagging.
I've been using Anthony's brand.
When you say "1 oz can tomato paste (6)" do you mean just one oz from a 6oz can? Or one whole can which is 6oz? Thanks!
It should be 1 6 oz. can. The recipe software was changed and the ingredient was messed up in the conversion.
Thank you! I made it tonight following the recipe exactly and when I added up my ingredients it came to to 334 calories each if split into 8 servings. Not sure what was different but just wanted to mention it. Usually my nutrition facts will be pretty similar to the ones listed on the recipe but this was substantially higher.
Thanks! There could be a mistake. I'll check.
I am assuming that you take off the 2nd sheet of wax paper after inverting before baking. Is that correct? Recipe doesn’t stipulate that?
LOL. Yes! You need to remove the other sheet. Fixed!
This looks lovely. However, I cannot seem to find gluten-free Worcestershire sauce in the UK. Please do you have any suggestions for an alternative?
You could use some tamari and vinegar instead or try a difference seasoning that you like.
I was thinking of doing a crust on the top AND the bottom to make it more of a pie.
It would be more work, but would make it more like a traditional meat pie.
Can this be frozen before baking?
I've never done that, but I don't see why not. You'll just have to bake a bit longer from frozen.
I notice you say if the mozzarella dough begins to stiffen to put it in the microwave for an additional 5 - 10 minutes.
I'm pretty sure you mean seconds? I can't wait to try this recipe. I can imagine all kinds of fun things to do with that lovely dough!
Oh yes! It is supposed to be seconds in the microwave. Will fix soon. Thanks!
Be careful! Soy sauce is most definitely NOT gluten free 🙂 Tamari, GF Soy Sauce or Liquid Aminos can be used in place.
Thanks for the reminder. I always check the label of everything I buy because sugar and wheat can be snuck in.
Lisa, I made this and it really good. Because we have been dairy free the last few months, I had made a cauliflower cheese that I used for the mozz in this recipe. The bread topping was so interesting tasting, I could not quit picking at it and putting butter on it. Think I will make flat bread or sticks or something else with just the bread part. The whole casserole tastes great together as well. Thank you so much for sharing.
Philis - Interesting that you used a cauliflower cheese. That's a great option for those who are dairy free.
My family would love this. I bet it was really tasty with the crust ontop. Yum!
Yes indeed! It's also one of those simple recipes that I'll be making again and again.