As the name suggests, tonight’s recipe is a cross between meat-crust pizza and a casserole. It’s super high in protein, but delicious enough that my 3 year old had three helpings. It was also fairly easy to throw together.
A couple of words on prep, before I give the recipe… First, this is not gourmet. It is, however, possible to make it more gourmet than I made it. I was wrangling two kiddos and therefore took some shortcuts with my herbs and spices, using dried mixes from the pantry. You may prefer the taste of fresh… though I gotta say this was pretty darn delicious even with the shortcuts. Also, toppings are very flexible, though (again) the way this turned out was so good I will probably make it exactly the same way again next time and the next.
1.5 pounds ground turkey
rosemary garlic seasoning
1/2 cup blanched almond flour
2 tablespoons butter
1 red onion, diced
1 yellow bell pepper, diced
1/4 cup kalamata olives
1 15-oz can organic tomato sauce
small handful fresh basil, finely chopped
Over medium-high heat, brown ground turkey, adding 1-2 tablespoons rosemary garlic seasoning just before meat is no longer pink. Remove from heat. In a large mixing bowl, wisk 7 eggs. Wisk in almond flour. Gradually stir in cooked turkey, a little at a time. (Adding too much at once might cook/curdle the eggs.)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a 13X9 pan with unbleached parchment paper. (This step is optional, but I’m lazy and I hate cleaning cooked egg off the surface of my baking dishes. Trust me, it’s a real time saver.) Pour turkey/egg mixture into the parchment-lined dish and bake for 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add onion and bell pepper and cook until softened. In a separate bowl, stir together tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, and basil. Slice kalamata olives.
When turkey/egg mixture is finished baking, remove from oven and lower oven temperature to 350 degrees. Spread olives, onions, and pepper evenly across the surface of the turkey/egg bake. Gently pour tomato mixture over the top, and spread evenly with a rubber spatula.
If desired, you may sprinkle with cheese at this point. I added some mozzarella. Dairy is about a once-a-week treat for me, so tonight I indulged myself.
Bake for about 25 minutes, or until cheese is melted and sauce is heated through.
As always… enjoy!