When I first posted about sloppy joes, I confessed that I don’t love the sloppy aspect of the dish. My kids aren’t huge fans of messy eats themselves (I’ve trained them well), not to mention that traditional sloppy joes are often housed between huge gluten-laden rolls.
Today I came up with a compromise that combines two kid-friendly favorites: sloppy joes and pizza. I used a gluten-free biscuit recipe for the crust, then topped it with homemade sloppy joe meat and a little raw shredded cheddar. As written this recipe is free of grains, gluten and refined sugar. If you skip the cheese or use an appropriate substitute it can be dairy-free as well.
The biscuit dough I used is adapted from one of my favorite blogs, Elana’s Pantry. Another of my favorite bloggers – Brittany from Real Sustenance – tweaked the recipe to yield lighter biscuits with a texture I thought would be perfect for a crust. Happily I was right! If you are looking for a delicious, flaky biscuit recipe that’s both gluten and dairy-free, I would highly recommend this one. Try it out as traditional biscuits as well, or use it as the topping for a grain-free pot pie!
Today’s pizza would work with any biscuit recipe, however. If you want to use a prepared dough or have a favorite in your arsenal, have at it.
The sloppy joe recipe I came up with myself, inspired by a desire to ditch the ketchup traditionally used in the sauce. In so doing I avoided the high fructose corn syrup found in most varieties, and even the sugar also present in the bottled organic stuff.
I happened to use ground turkey today as it was on special at Whole Foods, but any ground meat would work.
1 tsp. olive oil
1 lb. ground meat of choice
1/2 white onion, diced
1 8 oz. can of organic tomato sauce
1 tbs. tomato paste
2 tbs. dijon mustard
2 tbs. palm sugar (can use other granular sweetener)
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 and cook until brown. Drain off excess fat, if necessary.
Meanwhile combine tomato sauce through pepper in a bowl. Once meat is browned, pour in sauce mixture and stir to thoroughly incorporate. Bring to a low boil and then lower heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Taste for seasoning.
To put together a sloppy joe biscuit pizza, follow these steps:
Preheat oven to 350.
Press biscuit dough of choice onto a greased or Silpat-lined baking sheet. Bake for 8 minutes.
Spread prepared sloppy joe mixture over top of crust. Sprinkle with shredded cheese (I used about 1 1/2 cups of raw cheddar… can omit or use a dairy-free option like Daiya).
Bake for another 15 minutes or until cheese is melted and crust is crisp. Sprinkle with diced green onion, if desired.