Monday, August 29, 2011

Sloppy Joe's

Sometimes you just need some messy food. For instance, if you haven't had to clean anything all day, or if you haven't had to change your shirt already, or...ok, those are ridiculous scenarios. Maybe you just love sloppy joes!

I found a Rachael Ray recipe and adapted it. I'm not a huge fan of chunks of onions and peppers so I always leave them out. If you like them, add them in with the meat and let them soften.

1 pound ground meat (I used turkey)
salt and pepper
1 tsp. each garlic and onion powder
2 tsp. steak seasoning
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp. red wine vinegar (use white vinegar if that's all you have)
1 tbsp. worcestershire sauce
1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
2 tbsp. tomato paste
4 hamburger buns

Brown meat with salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, steak seasoning, and cayenne pepper. When meat is browned, drain if needed. Add brown sugar and cook, stirring until sugar is dissolved.

(I'm personally impressed with how you can see the steam in this picture!)

Add the vinegar and worcestershire sauce. Stir and cook for a few minutes. Add tomato sauce and paste, stirring well to incorporate. Add some amounts of water if meat mixture is too thick. Cook for five minutes longer and serve on toasted buns!

Quick, easy, and messy!

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