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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.
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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. And, yes, 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 9-1/2 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.
Sloppy Joe Pie Casserole – Gluten Free
- 1 1/4 pound ground beef or venison
- 1 tablespoon dry minced onion about 3 Tbsp fresh
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 6 ounces canned tomato paste
- 2 tsp sugar equivalent I used 1 packet Pyure
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. Crimp edges of crust if desired.
Bake pie at 400°F for 15-20 minutes or until browned on top.
Makes 8 slices
Per slice: 249 calories, 13.4g fat, 411mg sodium, 9.2g carbs, 3.4g fiber, 5.8g net carbs, 23.7g protein