Ok, so I am a bit behind updating the blog. Things have been a bit crazy here. On Wednesday we had Sloppy Joes. Now, I know some of you are thinking, “How can someone who has a Greek Pita Pizza one night also eat something so lame as Sloppy Joes.?” Well, I’ll tell you. They are good. Plain and simple. And I eat things I like. You might also be thinking, “Sloppy Joes are gross.” I thought so too because all I had ever had were Manwiches mix from a can. Those ARE puke. These are not. So, for those of you who want to try a good ole’ Sloppy Joe, here ya go. This recipe is from Cook’s Country.
Be careful not to cook the meat beyond pink in step 1; if you let it brown at this point it will end up dry and crumbly. The meat will finish cooking once the liquid ingredients are added. Serve, piled high on a bun, with your favorite pickles.
|2||tablespoons vegetable oil|
|1||medium onion , chopped fine|
|1/2||teaspoon table salt|
|2||cloves garlic , minced|
|1/2||teaspoon chili powder|
|1||pound 85 percent lean ground beef-This is essential to get lean ground beef. I used chuck and they were too greasy.|
|Ground black pepper|
|1||teaspoon brown sugar|
|1||cup tomato puree|
|1/4||cup water-Just FYI, I have NEVER used the water.|
|1/4||teaspoon hot pepper sauce|
1. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add onion and salt and stir until coated with oil. Reduce heat to medium, cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is soft, about 10 minutes (if onion begins to burn after 5 minutes, reduce heat to low). Add garlic and chili powder and cook, uncovered, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add beef and cook, breaking up meat with wooden spoon, until just pink, about 3 minutes.
2. Add 1/4 teaspoon pepper, brown sugar, tomato puree, ketchup, water, and hot sauce. Simmer until Sloppy Joe sauce is slightly thicker than ketchup, 8 to 10 minutes. Adjust seasonings. Spoon meat mixture onto hamburger buns and serve.