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But after nearly two years on the autoimmune protocol (with reintroductions) you start to think of more creative things to do with your meat patties. And so one day I started using them like bread, in a sandwich.
I'd seen Ditch The Wheat's Meat Bagels all over Pinterest, and I just thought - yeah, why not just use meat patties like bread in a sandwich? Makes packed lunches really easy to eat, and taking food with me when we go out for the day now is a doddle! As easy as packing a sandwich, in the old days.
You can use whatever type of meat patty you want to - I've used turkey here - but there's beef, chicken, lamb... just choose the patties to go with whatever else you're filling it with. I preferred turkey because it's leaner and lighter - and less greasy to hold.
It's probably a safer bet to stick to veggies as your filling. I've added a slither of ham here, with some lettuce - because the pale turkey was kind of calling out for some saltiness - but I'd probably stick to avocado, lettuce, cucumber and gherkins in the future. Bacon would be fantastic.
I've used the patties whole here. I stood griddling a big batch of them so I had enough for snacks and husband's packed lunches for the week. I cooled them down quickly and then refrigerated them. For this, I needed to keep the patties very thin. If making thicker patties just cook them for a bit longer and then, once they're cool, slice them in half horizontally, as you would a bread roll.
Autoimmune and paleo packed lunches: Transformed.
Inside Out AIP Paleo Turkey Sandwiches
Makes 8-10 patties (or 4-5 sandwiches)
1 tsp coconut oil (plus more for frying if needed)
1 small white onion, peeled and finely chopped
800g turkey thigh mince
1 tsp oregano
quarter teaspoon garlic salt
Fillings of your choice: lettuce, gherkins, bacon, (AIP-compliant ham), rocket/arugula, herbs, spinach, etc.
First, melt the coconut oil in a large frying pan or griddle and fry the onions, over a gentle heat, until softened and beginning to turn translucent. Scrape into a waiting (large) bowl and leave to cool completely.
Once the onion is cooled, mix in the turkey, oregano and garlic salt and mix to combine. Don't over-mix or the meat will likely turn chewy once cooked. Melt a little more oil in the pan you fried the onions in and, as it's heating up, grab a small handful of the turkey mixture and form into a thin patty. Flatten it out, and gently lower it into the frying pan. Cook them in batches of 4, so they're not overcrowded. They'll take about 4-5 minutes per side to cook - check they're cooked completely throughout and then place onto a waiting plate. Leave to cool completely and then cover, and refrigerate until needed.
To make the sandwiches, treat the meat patties like slices of bread and load your fillings inbetween.
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