Thursday, August 19, 2010

Sloppy Joes

I have never been a huge fan of the "Sloppy Joe" sandwich. Which is actually a little weird since Ground beef and Onions are one of my favorite combos!
I recently learned this is one of my husbands favorite meals. I have no idea why it took him 8 yrs. to tell me this, but I have decided to try and find the best recipe for it.

I looked all around for one that struck my fancy, I then came upon this little number from Pioneer Woman. I was sure it would not disappoint and I was right.
Other than using Red Bell pepper in place of the Green ( which I find a little bitter) I followed the recipe to a T. Folks it was a winner. and the toasting of the bun is ESSENTIAL!
  • Sloppy Joes
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 2-½ pounds Ground Beef
  • ½ whole Large Onion, Diced
  • 1 whole Large Green Bell Pepper, Diced--(Or other colored Bell Pepper)-cc
  • 5 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1-½ cup Ketchup
  • 1 cup Water
  • 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Chili Powder (more To Taste)
  • 1 teaspoon Dry Mustard
  • ½ teaspoons Red Pepper Flakes (more To Taste)
  • Worcestershire Sauce To Taste
  • 2 Tablespoons Tomato Paste (optional)
  • Tabasco Sauce (optional; To Taste)
  • Salt To Taste
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper, To Taste
  • Kaiser Rolls
  • Butter

Preparation Instructions

Add butter to a large skillet or dutch oven over medium high heat. Add ground beef and cook until brown. Drain most of the fat and discard.

Add onions, green pepper, and garlic. Cook for a few minutes, or until vegetables begin to get soft.

Add ketchup, brown sugar, chili pepper, dry mustard, and water. Stir to combine and simmer for 15 minutes, adding salt and pepper to taste. Also add tomato paste, Worcestershire, and Tabasco if desired. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.

Spread rolls with butter and brown on a griddle or skillet. Spoon meat mixture over the rolls, topping with a slice of cheese if it makes your skirt fly up. Serve hot with kettle cooked chips!

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