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Posted by : Sue Riedl, Fri, Feb 22 2013

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Sloppy Joes. I had never made them before but had stopped to pick up Felix from a playdate and the family was having the legendary slovenly classic for dinner; I was invited to stay and...I enjoyed a delicious meal. This week, I decided to make my own version of the Sloppy Joe — and they were just as yummy.

 

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Recipe: Sloppy Joes
Serves 4

Ingredients
1 tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
6-7 crimini mushrooms, chopped roughly
½ can tomato paste  
1 tbsp BBQ powder/seasoning
½ teaspoon Worcestershire
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
½ teaspoon salt
Ketchup
½ kg lean ground beef
1 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup grated cheddar

Sloppy_Joe_Mushrooms 

 

The Sloppy Joe is perfect for hiding extra vegetables — in my case, mushrooms, but chopped peppers or celery or carrots would also work.

Sloppy_Joe_Garlic  

 

Start with a medium onion, diced and sautéed over medium-high in a little bit of olive oil.  Add 2 cloves of minced garlic and let everything soften till fragrant. I add my mushrooms at this point (about 6-7 chopped crimini).

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Allow the onions to get golden for a nice sweet flavour while the mushrooms reduce and cook as well.

Sloppy_Joe_Sauce

 

While the onion mixture is cooking, you can make your sauce. Grab a small bowl (cereal size) and mix together 1 tbsp BBQ powder, ½ can tomato paste (save the rest for pizza), ½ teaspoon Worcestershire, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar and ½ teaspoon salt. (I also add a squeeze of ketchup.)

Sloppy_Joe_Beans
 

Once the onion is golden, add ½ KG lean ground beef and cook until the meat is no longer pink. Now add your sauce and cook until combined. Add 1 cup black beans and cook until everything is well heated.
 


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Now, just pile the filling onto any soft bun (Kaiser is perfect) and top with shredded cheese, which will conveniently melt on its own inside the sandwich. Serve with a green salad and you have a fast, delicious finger-licking meal.

Recipe: Sloppy Joes
Serves 4

Ingredients
1 tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
6-7 crimini mushrooms, chopped roughly
½ can tomato paste  
1 tbsp BBQ powder/seasoning
½ teaspoon Worcestershire
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
½ teaspoon salt
Ketchup
½ kg lean ground beef
1 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup grated cheddar

Instructions  

  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, sauté the onion and garlic until they start to soften. Add the mushroom and continue to cook until the onion and mushrooms are golden.
  2. While the onion mixture cooks, make your sauce. In a small bowl, whisk together tomato paste, BBQ powder, Worcestershire, brown sugar, white wine vinegar, salt and a generous squirt of ketchup.
  3. Add the beef to the onion mixture and cook until no longer pink. Then add your sauce and 1 cup black beans. Cook until everything is heated through and well combined.
  4. Serve on Kaiser buns with grated cheddar.

 
 

Sue_RiedlSue Riedl is a Toronto-based food writer with a passion for cheese who writes a column called The Spread for The Globe and Mail. She loves to push stinky cheese on her 4-year-old. 

 

 

 

 

 

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