1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
2 cups pizza sauce or pasta sauce
1 package (3-1/2 ounces) sliced pepperoni, chopped
4 slices American cheese, chopped
12 mini buns, split
2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink, 5 to 7 minutes, breaking into crumbles; drain. Stir in pizza sauce, pepperoni and American cheese. Cook and stir until cheese is melted, 4 to 5 minutes.
2. Place buns on a baking sheet, cut sides up. Spoon meat mixture onto buns; top with mozzarella cheese. Bake until cheese is melted, about 5 minutes. If desired, serve with additional warmed pizza sauce.
Like a pizza version of a sloppy joe, this open-faced sandwich is a surefire kid-pleaser!
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
YIELD: 12 servings.