Saturday, February 9, 2013

Sloppy Joe's

'This house makes the best Sloppy Joe's!'

That is a comment that makes me the happy creator of the Sloppy Joe's.  It is always good to get the thumbs up from the kids.  I made this for the small Super Bowl swaray at our house and there are no pictures during the process because I was busy cooking and talking and laughing and enjoying friends and family's company.

This one pic is a precursor to an upcoming recipe to use the remaining sloppy joe and re-purpose it.  See, I made three pounds of hamburger for the Sloppy Joe's and we ended up with a total of 6 people and had the following:  Sloppy Joe's, Salted Cinnamon Tatar Tots, Deviled Eggs, White Bean Roasted Red Pepper Dip, Apple Crisp, Cup Cakes, Cheese Plate, Cheese Puffs....ok, I realize that we may have over planned a bit.

Good Times ... Good Food ... Good Company - my idea of the perfect way to pass time!

Sloppy Joe's

Ingredients:

  • 3 lbs ground hamburger
  • 28 oz tomato sauce
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 Tbls worcestershire sauce
  • 2 small onions, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Splash white or red wine
  • Sea salt
  • Garlic Powder
  • Oregano
  • 1 Tbls vegetable oil

Preparation:
  • Heat oil in a large stock pot or french oven over medium heat.  When the oil is hot (shiny, translucent and sizzles when you splash water in there), add the chopped onion and sweat them out for about 5 minutes until they are clear and soft.  Add minced garlic and a sprinkle of salt.  Cook the garlic for a few minutes and then de-glaze the bottom of the pan with the splash of wine.  
  • Let the onions come back up to a sizzle and then add the ground hamburger.  Add garlic powder, oregano, pepper, and a sprinkle more sea salt to the hamburger.  Cook hamburger all the way through, stirring frequently.  With three pounds, this will take around 10 minutes.
  • When hamburger is cooked all the way through, drain any excess grease.  My method is absorbing with paper towels, but a baster can work also.
  • Add tomato sauce, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce and ketchup and stir together.  Lower the heat to low and let the flavors blend together simmering on the stove for 30-45 minutes.  Stir frequently and taste.  Add a little more salt or pepper if needed.

Happy Cooking!!!

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