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My Favorite Sloppy Joes

I’m in a recipe kind of mood this week.  Probably because there is the tiniest hint of fall in the air, probably because I’ve been busily harvesting all kinds of goodies from my garden, and most importantly because I just love to cook.  I’ve made a lot of different sloppy joe recipes, even the Manwich variety.  I remember making sloppy joes in 4-H when I was 10 or 11.  I think that was in the second year of cooking.  Then I tried the sloppy joe recipe in my Better Homes and Gardens cookbook.  There are a few changes to the recipe; namely ketchup in place of tomato sauce.  It would be hard for me to make any other sloppy joes after enjoying this one.

The Ingredients:

  • 1 pound lean ground beef, or ground turkey
  • 1 splash of vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion (about 1 medium)
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper (1 small)
  • 1 cup of ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp. water
  • 1 to 1½ teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 cup of water
  • 6 kaiser rolls or hamburger buns

The Directions:

  1. In a large skillet cook the onion and green pepper in a splash of vegetable oil until tender.
  2. Add the meat to this and cook until completely browned.
  3. Drain the fat from the pan.
  4. Stir in the remaining ingredients, including the additional 1 cup of water.
  5. The additional cup of water allows you to simmer the mixture for about 15 minutes so the flavors can mesh and meld.
  6. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  7. Serve on toasted kaiser rolls or hamburger buns.
  8. Don’t forget to serve the potato chips on the side.  A little bit of sloppy joe on a bit of a potato chip is an amazing snack!

This is a great recipe to double or triple for a crowd.  (This is a Party House favorite recipe!)   A simple, easy to do week night recipe.  Or a great party crowd recipe, or a great let’s watch the baseball playoffs recipe!  (Is it October yet?)  Oh, and don’t forget if you’re serving sloppy joes and potato chips you must include the dill pickles.  Happy cooking everyone!

Joan’s Taco Salad for Two

This recipe is my Mom’s take on the taco salad recipe that I posted earlier today.  She has put a great twist on the original recipe, and I’ll be trying this one soon, minus the ranch dressing.  You all know I have no love for mayo or anything close to it.  My Mom has gone from cooking for a crowd like me to cooking for just two.  Thanks for sharing your recipe Mom – here goes:

Meat Mix:
   1/2 pound ground beef
   1/4 chopped onion
   1 tsp chopped garlic

   1 tsp. chili powder
   1 tsp cumin
   1 tsp salt
   Black pepper
   Dash of red pepper flakes

When ready add a couple of big splashes of tomato juice and saute until the juice evaporates.

In 2 large salad bowls layer the following divided in two where necessary:
   Handful of corn chips or tortilla strips
   Chopped lettuce
   1/2 cup chopped tomatoes split

Drizzle with ranch dressing.

Layer more:
   Meat mixture
   Small can of kidney beans drained, optional
   Small can of black olives drained
   Very large dollop sour creme
   2 chopped green onions
   1/4 cup shredded cheese split

Grate a little black pepper on top -Enjoy!

My Mom is a great cook.  She had a hand in teaching me to cook many moons ago, and now sharing and comparing recipes is half the fun of cooking.  Be sure to check out my Mom’s recent blog post for her Beef Bourguinon dinner courtesy of Julia Childs recipe.  It looks so amazingly, delicious I wish I had smell-a-vision.  I’ll have to try this one day soon.  Thanks again for sharing your recipe Mom.

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