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sloppy joes

himbeer Jul 30, 2006 03:45 AM

i have weirdly been craving one. even tried a canned one. ugh. any recipes?

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  1. bryan RE: himbeer Jul 30, 2006 08:10 AM

    It's pretty easy. You fry up a pound of ground chuck, or whatever ground beef you have on hand. Drain the grease and add some tomato juice - a cup of so, or tomato paste and water, some finely minced onion (1/2 would be good), a clove of garlic finely minced or pressed (your preference), a t. of sugar and then spice to your tastes. Let it cook down untill it's thick. I like a pinch of chili powder, a dash of tabasco and a good dash of lea and perrins. Serve on toasted, buttered hamburger buns w/ plenty of chips or tater tots. Although, I like chips to pick up the run off.

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      Norm Man RE: himbeer Jul 30, 2006 09:36 AM

      Here is link to a Sloppy Joes recipe that was recently posted on Home Cooking:


      1. Becca Porter RE: himbeer Jul 30, 2006 02:03 PM

        Cooks Country published a fantastic version. Sometime in the first year.

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          SarahEats RE: Becca Porter Aug 1, 2006 05:51 PM

          I agree - Cook's Country has an excellent recipe. I tried to find it online, but it's only available if you subscribe to CooksCountry.com. They have a 14-day free trial membership.

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          Gail RE: himbeer Jul 30, 2006 04:00 PM

          Name: Sloppy Joes (Allrecipes.com)
          Serves: 8

          Comments: Spread thin layer of mayo on buns and cover with meat mixture. Top with bread and butter pickles.

          2 pounds lean ground beef
          1/2 cup chopped onion
          1 cup chopped celery
          1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed tomato soup
          1/4 cup ketchup
          1 tablespoon white vinegar
          1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
          1/2 teaspoon salt
          1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
          8 hamburger buns

          Place chopped celery and onion into a lightly oiled skillet and saute until tender. Remove and keep.

          Place ground beef in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook until evenly browned, stirring to crumble. I like to use a potato masher to even out the lumps.

          Add cooked celery and onion to ground beef.

          Stir the tomato soup (undiluted), ketchup, vinegar and Worcestershire sauce into the beef mixture. Season with salt and garlic powder. Heat to a simmer over low heat, and cook until thoroughly heated, stirring frequently to prevent it from burning on the bottom.

          Spoon the hot beef mixture onto buns, which may be toasted first, and serve.

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            pamd RE: himbeer Jul 30, 2006 04:00 PM

            I was craving last week & made them- turned out really yummy. I used what I had in the house

            cooked lean ground beef with about 1/4 cup chopped onion in OO.
            mixed in bowl (approximate measurements since I didn't measure)
            1/2 tsp garlic powder (was out of fresh garlic- but could saute with onion if available)
            1 tsp yellow mustard
            3/4 cup ketchup
            3-4 teaspoons brown sugar
            salt & ground black pepper to taste

            and a good roll for it makes a big difference

            1. KellBell RE: himbeer Jul 31, 2006 11:11 PM

              I usually just make my sloppy joes with cooked ground beef and add some chopped onions, green pepper, garlic, and chili sauce. They are the best this way.

              But, last time I made them I tried a new recipe that I found at allrecipes.com. They were pretty good as well...

              1 1/2 pounds ground beef
              1 onion, chopped
              1 red bell pepper, chopped
              1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
              1 cup water
              3 cloves garlic, minced
              1 tablespoon chili powder
              1 teaspoon paprika
              1 teaspoon ground cumin
              1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
              3 tablespoons brown sugar
              1 teaspoon dried oregano
              1/2 teaspoon salt
              1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
              8 hamburger buns, split

              In a large skillet over medium-high heat, saute the ground beef for 5 minutes. Add the onion and red bell pepper; saute for 5 more minutes, or until onion is tender. Drain the fat.

              Mix in tomato paste and water, stirring until paste is dissolved. Stir in garlic, chili powder, paprika, cumin, vinegar, brown sugar, oregano, salt and pepper. Continue to heat for 5 to 10 minutes, or until mixture is thick and stewy.

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                Amuse Bouches RE: KellBell Aug 1, 2006 05:26 PM

                Not classic sloppy joes, but I love the recipe for spicy turkey sloppy joes on epicurious.

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                chocolatetartguy RE: himbeer Aug 1, 2006 06:48 PM

                I love sloppy joes, but I'm lazy so I use Lawry's mix and ground chuck. It is so easy. I also like to added chopped pickled jalapeno and use fresh bakery kaiser rolls as the base.

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                  Snowflake RE: himbeer Aug 1, 2006 07:02 PM

                  My mom always made them with a bit of cole slaw on top. It was a nice addition!

                  1. MaggieB RE: himbeer Aug 2, 2006 07:48 PM

                    My boyfriends dad makes something similar to Sloppy Joe's that he calls "Barbeques."

                    It's more or less the same idea but much heavier on the barbeque flavor. We make them fairly often using more BBQ sauce than ketchup and then adding goodies like onion, bell pepper and garlic. Yum.

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                      Infomaniac RE: MaggieB Aug 2, 2006 07:58 PM

                      My sister-in-law who comes from Woonsocket, RI tells me they call them Dynamite sandwiches where she grew up. She adds crushed red pepper in the mix.

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                        MaggieB RE: Infomaniac Aug 2, 2006 08:34 PM

                        Yeah, we like to add red pepper flakes, too, for nice heat. We've added a variety of things over the years, actually: jalapenos or serranos, various mustards, tomato paste, etc.

                        My posts always seem to have this theme - a little of this and a little of that. Make it how you like it!

                    2. chaddict RE: himbeer Aug 2, 2006 08:01 PM

                      The recipe at Martha Stewart's is quite good: http://www.marthastewart.com/page.jht...

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