Have you ever all of a sudden had a yearning for some childhood food? Like all of a sudden ya just have to have some macaroni and cheese? Or a peanut butter and jelly sandwich? Or a glass of ice cold Kool aid? Or chocolate chip pancakes? How about a grilled cheese and some tomato soup? Ya know what I'm sayin'?
Well, over the weekend, I, out of the blue, had a hankering for Sloppy Joes. I bet you I haven't had a sloppy joe sandwich in 10 years at least, but I just had to have one. So, I searched the net and came across an interesting recipe at Simply Recipes. I adapted it a bit and it was delicious.
Sweet tangy sauce, with a variety of blended flavors. I like to grill the buns for added crispness and crunch. And some baked beans on the side.
Now, don't you feel like having a sloppy joe?
Ingredients and Method:
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 sweet Vidalia or Walla Walla Sweet onion, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 minced cloves of garlic
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
3 tablespoon brown sugar
3 tablespoons ketchup
1 small can tomato sauce
1 can tomato paste
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
3 tablespoons bottled BBQ sauce
2 tablespoons yellow mustard
1 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon ground clove
salt and pepper to taste
Heat olive oil in a large skillet on medium heat and saute minced onion until transluscent, about 12 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add minced garlic and ground beef. Break up beef with a spoon or spatula, and then pat ground beef down flat all around the pan, and let cook until browned on one side. Turn the heat down a bit. Don't be in a hurry, let it brown. Turn, break up some more, and turn and stir until all pink has disappeared.
Add the balance of the ingredients. Yup, add all at once. Stir thoroughly, turn heat to low, and let cook on low for an hour, stirring occasionally.
Butter and grill hamburger buns, spoon sloppy joe mixture over, add a slice of cheese, or grated cheddar, and enjoy.
Serve with a salad, or chips, or fries, or baked beans, corn on the cob, potato salad, whatever you like for summertime sides.
And let's face it. Sloppy Joes are one of the BEST leftover meals ever.