I've been having fun making sloppy joes using different meats and flavors. Some that I recently made are:
Sautee ground pork, BBQ Seasoning, BBQ Sauce, pickles, japapenos, onions, tomatoes. Simmer in beer. Top with cole slaw.
Sautee Ground chicken, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, sake and something sweet (sugar/honey). Add sake, mirin & simmer, then toss with sesame seeds and sliced scallions.
Sautee ground corned beef, ground beef, sauerkraut. Mix in thousand island dressing, top with swiss cheese.& kraut.
It's a fun game!
It really is great. Last week I was CRAVING beans but it was late in the day so no time for soaking* and cooking beans. I remembered my bargain purchase of red lentils and the sloppy joe recipe. Golly, it was just what I needed. And it's really quick - 20 minutes or so.
*I know many others have had luck with quick soaking or not soaking beans. I have not. I'll not waste another 2 pound hill o beans just to toss them.
I love this easy and tasty version. If you want spicy just add your favorite hot sauce. I omit the brown sugar.
Sloppy Joes (from Allrecipes.com)
2 pounds lean ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped celery
1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed tomato
1/4 cup ketchup 1 tablespoon white vinegar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
8 hamburger buns
1. 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 onion and celery, cover the pan, and cook until tender and transparent, about 5 minutes. Drain off any grease.
2. Stir the tomato soup (undiluted), ketchup, vinegar, brown sugar 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.
3. Spoon the hot beef mixture onto buns, which may be toasted first, and serve.
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