Monday, September 2, 2013

Old Schooling It! : Old School Sloppy Joes

What do you do with that leftover ground beef from your Labor Day grilling?

Make my Old School Sloppy Joes!

Do you remember Sloppy Joes?  There is something wonderfully fun about getting to eat a burger/sandwich that is messy by nature.   Memories of the mix in the can or the mix in the package made me seek a way to create these by hand and make a tastier sandwich.  I've tested these many ways, tweaking the ingredients until I found the variation that I favor best.  These are my "Old School Sloppy Joes"!

The secret to wonderful Sloppy Joes in my opinion is the ratio of ingredients creating that unique flavor.  Oh, and a soft bun is a must! (I used a soft kaiser roll) Some like to add bell peppers or beans to their meat mixture.  I'm more of a plain Jane in that aspect, but to me it's all about the flavor of the sauce.  Some people add brown sugar, and mustard, which really creates a BBQ sauce.  I like it more tomatoey with a bit of tang.

Try my version, and bring out the kid in you!

Remember, use up your extra or leftover ground beef.  They are quick and easy to make, inexpensive, and kid friendly.

Old School Sloppy Joes

serves 4

1 tablespoon canola oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced
kosher salt and ground pepper
1 pound ground beef
3/4 - 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
4 hamburger buns or soft kaiser rolls, split (toasted optional)

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook until soft about 5 to 7 minutes. Add garlic and stir 30 seconds.

Add ground beef to skillet. Cook, breaking up meat with a wooden spoon, until it is no longer pink, 6 to 8 minutes.

Stir 3/4 can of tomato sauce and Worcestershire sauce into beef mixture in skillet. Taste for flavoring.  Add more tomato sauce or Worcestershire sauce to adjust flavor to your liking.  Simmer until thickened, stirring occasionally, 6 to 8 minutes.

Season the mixture with more salt and pepper, if desired. Spoon onto buns, and serve.

1 comment:

  1. how delish! I happen to have all the ingredients on hand!!
    Mary x



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