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Presto Pizza Patties

Craving both beef and pizza? These patties feature both in an open-faced sandwich. And they're lighter than you'd think! —Barbara Schindler, Napoleon, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 can (8 ounces) pizza sauce, divided
  • 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped green pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 6 slices Italian bread (1/2 inch thick)
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine 1/3 cup pizza sauce, bread crumbs, pepper, onion, egg whites and garlic. Add beef; mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape into 6 oval patties.
  • In a large nonstick skillet, cook patties over medium heat 4-5 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 160°.
  • Meanwhile, place bread on an ungreased baking sheet. Brush tops with oil; sprinkle with Italian seasoning. Broil 3-4 in. from heat 1-2 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Place remaining pizza sauce in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave, covered, on high for 10-20 seconds or until heated through. Place patties on toast; top with sauce and cheese.
    Freeze option: Place patties on waxed paper-lined baking sheet; wrap and freeze until firm. Remove from pan and transfer to a freezer container; return to freezer. Freeze remaining pizza sauce in an airtight container. To use, cook frozen patties and pizza sauce as directed, increasing time as necessary for a thermometer to read 160° for patties and for sauce to be heated through.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 299 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 53mg cholesterol, 527mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 23g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch.
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