Busia’s Sloppy Joes

Happy Halloween!

And Happy 4th Annual Sloppy Joe Recipe on Sew You Think You Can Cook Day!

It’s totally a thing. We should make it the world’s longest hash tag. It’s that recognized.

Any…who….

img_1062Today’s sloppy joe recipe comes from my grandmother via my aunt. Last year or so, when my aunt finally got a computer, she was introduced to my blog and has been supporting me ever since! When she discovered that, for me, sloppy joes are synonymous with pre-trick-or-treating fare, she immediately sent me an email with Busia’s sloppy joe recipe.

I didn’t get a chance to make them last year as I was in the hospital with my then one-day old.  Seriously, how is my Treat a year old already!?

This sloppy joe recipe is as simple and comforting as it gets. It’s on a regular rotation at my aunt’s house and I can definitely see why. She enjoys hers with a slice of American cheese on top.

This recipe makes 6 sandwiches.

Busia’s Sloppy Joes

Ingredients:

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 C diced onion
  • 1 1/2 lb ground beef or turkey
  • 3/4 C ketchup
  • 1/2 C water
  • 1/4 C lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • pepper, to taste
  • 6 hamburger buns
  • sliced American cheese (optional)

Steps:

  1. Saute onions in olive oil over medium-high heat in a nonstick skillet. When translucent add the ground meat and brown until fully cooked. Drain.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the kethcup, water, lemon juice, sugar, vinegar, salt, Worcestershire, chili powde,r and pepper. Add to the cooked, drained meat. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook 20 minutes.
  3. Serve on hamburger buns. Add American cheese, if desired.

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Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes

It’s Halloween and if you’ve been a faithful reader from the beginning you know that means it’s time for my annual Sloppy Joes!

Today I’m sharing Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes.

I’m not here to start a debate on if these are “real”. I’ve never had the Cheese-Wiz version of a Philly and I quite enjoy the kind with thinly sliced steak, grilled onions, and provolone.

We had these sandwiches last year. (Let me say, I’m pretty excited to finally pull these pictures off my camera.) My parents came to town to witness the little man’s first Halloween and this twist on the classic was a huge hit enjoyed by all.

If I’m not in the hospital delivery baby boy #2 then I’ll be awaiting trick-or-treaters with one of my grandma’s sloppy joes in hand. (That’s a teaser for next year’s Halloween post!) At least, I hope to get trick-or-treaters. I was seriously disappointed last year! We got 7, that’s right, I counted, kids at our door. I’m going to pretend it was the freezing rain that yielded such poor results and keep up hope for this year.

Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 C beef broth
  • 3 tbsp steak sauce
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • 4 slices provolone cheese

Steps:

  1. Preheat broiler.
  2. In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, brown ground beef. Once cooked, add the onions and peppers and saute until tender. Strain excess fat.
  3. Add the broth and steak sauce and bring to a boil. Allow sauce to thicken to desired consistency.
  4. Place hamburger buns on a baking sheet. Top the bottom buns with sloppy joe mixture and a slice of cheese. Place under broiler for 30 seconds until cheese is melted and top buns are golden.

*This recipe is adapted from Emily at http://www.emilybites.com/2012/01/philly-cheesesteak-sloppy-joes.html*

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Sloppy Joe Casserole

I have a confession to make. I served this for dinner on April 10th but saved it until today to post. Yes, I pulled out the Halloween decorations in the spring just for these photographs!

A Halloween tradition in my house is to have Sloppy Joes before going out Trick-or-Treating. Last year I posted a recipe for Turkey Sloppy Joes and thought it’d be fun to post a variation of the Sloppy Joe for my blog’s second Halloween. Tonight I’ll be making another fun variation on the sloppy joe – Philly Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes!

But why did I make it in April? The answer to that question is simple: I was pregnant. There were two things I was craving – yellow mustard and tater tots. I saw this recipe for Sloppy Joe casserole on Pinterest and instantly had to have it. Instead of using the suggested Manwich Sloppy Joe sauce I used this recipe to make my own. This sauce recipe includes yellow mustard. Two birds – one stone!

This is our first Halloween with our little one and my little man will be a pumpkin. As he isn’t yet four months old we aren’t exploiting him for free candy, but we’ll be handing out our own to the neighborhood trick-or-treaters. (I just couldn’t resist putting him in an adorable little costume!) This is also our first Halloween in Ohio and we’re living in a great family neighborhood – there’s a bus stop right outside our house – so I’m anxious to see if we have more visitors than we ever got back in the Florida Panhandle.

 Sloppy Joe Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1/2 orange bell pepper, chopped (or any color you like, but as it’s Halloween!)
  • 3/4 C ketchup
  • 1 tsp yellow mustard
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 3 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 C cream cheese
  • 1 can (15 oz) corn, drained
  • 2 C shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 lb tater tots
  • chives, for garnish (optional)

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat brown ground beef. Add onion and pepper. Cook until the beef is cooked through and drain any fat.
  3. In a small bowl whisk together ketchup, mustard, garlic, powder, and brown sugar. Add to the beef and simmer over medium-low heat until thick. Melt in cream cheese. Stir in corn. Season to taste with S+P.
  4. Pour the beef mixture into a 9×13″ baking dish. Top with shredded cheese. Place the tater tots in a single layer on top of the cheese. Bake 20 minutes until bubbly and tater tots are golden.

*This recipe is adapted from Karly at http://www.bunsinmyoven.com/2013/08/19/sloppy-joe-tater-tot-casserole-2/ and Tamara at http://allrecipes.com/recipe/sloppy-joes-ii/ *

Sloppy Joe Casserole

 I hope you have a wonderful Halloween and a safe night Trick-or-Treating.

Turkey Sloppy Joes

Happy Halloween!

Halloween in my house means Sloppy Joes. I don’t know if it really was an annual Halloween supper or not, but my brain connects Halloween with Sloppy Joes.

Halloween Collage

Sloppy Joes make for a great sandwich night. The ingredients are pantry staples and it’s quick to come together. The meat mixture reheats beautifully and your lunchbox the next morning is more appetizing than the typical deli meat and cheese.

Turkey Sloppy Joes

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Vidalia onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/4 C ketchup
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce

Steps:

  1. In a large sided skillet saute onion in olive oil. When translucent add the garlic and turkey. Break up the turkey as it cooks.
  2. Meanwhile, in a bowl whisk together ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire, vinegar, and tomato sauce.
  3. After turkey is cooked through, stir in the tomato paste. After 45-60 seconds add in the sauce. Stir and warm through for 3 minutes.
  4. Spoon Sloppy Joe mixture onto hamburger buns. Eat and trick-or-treat!

*This recipe is modified from Jessica at http://www.thenovicechefblog.com/2012/04/turkey-sloppy-joes/*

Turkey Sloppy Joes