Saturday, October 8, 2011

Sloppy Joes

I'm a big fan of Saturday Night Live and I can't eat a Sloppy Joe without singing the "Sloppy Joe" song that Adam Sandler used to sing.  I don't think these Sloppy Joes are like the ones he was eating in the cafeteria at school. This is a Guy Fieri recipe.  It is spicy and flavorful.  Enjoy.
  • ¼ C. vegetable oil
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 lb. ground chuck
  • 1 lb. ground pork
  • ¼ C. red wine
  • ¼ C. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 t. cayenne pepper
  • 1 t. ground cumin
  • 1 t. dry mustard
  • 1 T. paprika
  • 3 T. brown sugar
  • 1 (6oz.) tomato paste
  • 1 ½ C. tomato sauce
  • ¼ C. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 T. kosher salt
  • ½ T. black pepper
  1. In a heavy bottomed skillet, heat the veggie oil on medium-high heat and sauté the onions and peppers for 5 minutes
  2. Add the garlic, cook for 1 minute
  3. Add the chuck and pork and cook thoroughly, breaking up the meat as it browns
  4. Drain the meat, then add the red wine and the vinegar and deglaze the pan
  5. Add the meat back to the pan and add all the other ingredients to the skillet, stirring as you add each
  6. Reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring frequently
  7. Serve on buns
Tips and Tricks:
  • Open your favorite beer when you start to make this recipe.  Take a few sips, and when the Sloppy Joes are simmering, add a splash or two to loosen up the mixture.  The recipe called for water, but I was drinking a beer, while I was cooking and thought the beer wouldn't hurt.  It doesn't.  I think it makes it taste better.
  • This can be served on traditional hamburger buns or as sliders on White Mountain, or sweet Hawaiian rolls.

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