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Presto Pizza Patties

 Presto Pizza Patties
Craving both beef and pizza? These patties feature both in an open-faced sandwich. —Barbara Schindler, Napoleon, Ohio
6 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min.


  • 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 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


  • 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 six 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. Yield: 6 servings.

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Freeze option: Place patties on a plastic wrap-lined baking sheet; wrap and freeze until firm. Remove from pan and transfer to a large resealable plastic bag; 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.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving equals 299 calories, 11 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 53 mg cholesterol, 527 mg sodium, 26 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 23 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch.
Wine: Medium-Bodied Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.