Thursday, November 17, 2011

Ground Chicken Mini-Pizza Burgers

I cannot remember how I came across this recipe (with modifications), but it met all my criteria for a good meal – healthy, not too many ingredients, and easy for little ones to self feed with, so I thought I would give it a try!  And as a BONUS, it’s a combo of two of Little Frances’ favorite foods – pizza and hamburger.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground chicken (although any ground meat will work)
  • 1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup of marinara or pizza sauce of your choice (divided into two 1/2 cup portions)
  • 1 tablespoon Italian Seasoning
  • 3 dashes black pepper
  • 2 dashes garlic salt OR 1 teaspoon garlic powder (I used garlic salt)

Steps:

  1. Pour 1/2 cup pizza sauce in bowl and combine with bread crumbs, cheese, pepper, garlic salt or powder and Italian seasoning.107 (640x425)
  2. Add ground chicken and mash together for 2-4 minutes to insure that all ingredients are thoroughly mixed. 106 (640x425)
  3. Spoon mixture into a 12 serving muffin tin.
  4. Make an indentation into each pizza-burger with the back of a spoon..
  5. Use the remaining pizza sauce to evenly fill the dents in the pizza-burgers.110 (640x425)
  6. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes at 350 degrees; cheese and sauce will be bubbly.
  7. Remove pizza-burgers from the muffin pan and set on a paper towel to let any fat drip off.102 (2) (640x425)

Yield: 12 pizza-burgers

Timing: This one is tricky.  According to some baby food makers, all of the ingredients can be introduced as early as 9 months, however with all of the spices, I would not have given it to little Frances until she was 12 months so I will mark it as both below and you should use your best judgment.

Difficulty: 2 out of 5, easy peasy, especially if using premade marinara sauce.

Miscellaneous:

  • I made my own bread crumbs by putting brown bread into a chopper.  I have to do this with any recipe that calls for bread crumbs since you cannot buy them where I live.  Usually I season them with Italian Seasoning, but as this recipe already had a tablespoon of Italian Seasoning. I didn’t do it.
  • In addition, I thought that the recipe as is, called for too much Italian Seasoning so I only used half a tablespoon.  I find a little bit of it goes a very long way.
  • The next time I make this recipe, I am going to add 1/2 cup butternut squash to the mixture along with 1/4 cup milled flaxseed.  I bet it would be just as good and be even healthier!
  • I also have not found a bottled marinara or pizza sauce that I like where I live so I always just make my own.  Its so easy!  Just put a 26 oz jar whole, peeled tomatoes in a blender with 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup carrot puree (optional), 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, a pinch of cayenne powder and blend.  Then add 1 bay leaf and simmer on medium heat for 20 minutes.  Its super easy. For this recipe I just skipped the bay leaf and didn’t cook it because I knew that it would cook for a while in the oven.101 (640x425)

Epicutie Rating: Somewhat Yummy --- See right side of the page for description

I think Little Frances would like this better if served first thing.  She is usually not as receptive to new foods when she has a tummy full of foods she already likes, although the first couple of bites she seemed to like it.

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