Really Sloppy, Sloppy Joe’s

by Caterina Borg, Good Food Gourmet on July 5, 2011


Holidays are a great time for getting together with friends and family, and more than likely, you’ve got quite a bit of food leftover that will be taking up room in the fridge for the next couple of days. Sounds like a food reinvention intervention is in order to keep the family interested at meal time.

You may have some leftover ground beef, turkey or chicken that did not make it to the grill or you may have some cooked burgers that are just crying out for something saucy to spring it back to life. Either way, a Sloppy Joe is the way to go. The sauce is easy to put together with some standard pantry items and it comes together within 30 minutes, including the simmering time. I happened to have some leftover homemade potato hamburger rolls , so we toasted them in a small skillet with a little olive oil (but you can also use butter) and just poured over all of that meaty goodness for a really delicious and quick lunch with a side salad.  You can use any leftover rolls you may have on hand or even pour a huge scoop over baked or fried potatoes. The fun factor for these sandwiches is off the charts and always a pleasure to eat… 

Sloppy Joes

1 pound ground beef (or turkey, chicken)** I use bison

**or you can use 4 or 5 precooked burgers cut up into small pieces, if available

1 medium onion, finely diced

4 tablespoons olive oil

2 large cloves, finely diced

1 small can tomato paste

2 ½ cups water or stock (any is fine)

1 bay leaf

½ cup ketchup

½ cup yellow mustard

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1 teaspoon homemade taco seasoning

S&P to taste

Hamburger rolls or hotdog rolls

Butter or olive oil for skillet to toast buns

Add the 4 tablespoons of oil to a large skillet and add the finely diced onion. Cook this until it has begun to caramelize and then add the garlic. Cook gently for a few minutes and be careful not to burn the garlic. Next add the ground beef pieces and mix well together with the onion/garlic mixture. Add a little S&P now (about ¼ teaspoon of each) and then adjust again at the end.

Once the ground beef has cooked, add the tomato paste and water (or stock) and mix well. Then add the ketchup, mustard, brown sugar and bay leaf and mix well. Lastly, add the 1 teaspoon of taco seasoning and stir in well. Turn heat to low and allow it to simmer for about 15-20 minutes until mixture has thickened.

When the filling is almost ready, slice the buns in half and gently toast in a small skillet with a little butter or oil until both pieces are golden brown and crispy. Put base of roll on your plate and add a generous serving of the meat sauce then add the top of the bun…the sloppier the better.


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