Thursday, June 11, 2009

Sweet & Sour Sloppy Joes

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.


stoplookingatfood said...

hi! i just arrived at your site from tastespotting and i must say i quite like it here... did a quick browse of the front page and the simple photos and presentation appealed to me. and its one of the very rare times that i read the whole recipe! (usually with food blogs i just look at the pictures...) i don't know... maybe its because you've just made me crave for sloppy joes that i had to write this comment.

i'm so going to get a pack of mince soon...

Carrie said...

I'm really having one of those sudden yearnings for sloppy joes now!! That sandwich looks great!

Deborah said...

We actually eat sloppy joes and versions of sloppy joes quite often - they are a house favorite here! These sound great!

Hillary said...

This recipe sounds very good! Try Neat Sloppy Joes for another twist on the classic recipe!

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Becca said...

That looks really yummy...but way too many ingredients lol

Anonymous said...

Have to stay "anonymous" to post my comment.
For a quick, not bad at all, fast slopyy joe, try Hunt's Manwich, Originl.
We use it as a dip for nacho chips. Yummy.

Dawn said...

man that is totally up my flavor alley. I must try this.

Kevin said...

That sloppy joe looks great! I am going to have to add cheese the next time I make them.

Chef Tess said...

Personally I prefer sloppy joe's from scratch! My kids won't eat any other kind. You rock. We'll be trying this version.

A-Man said...

Thx. that you publish recipes like this one for the sloppy joe. It's the first time I read about this type of sandwich/burger.
We will try to prepare it.

Greetings from Germany!