So, I must admit. I enjoy these a whole lot. I can’t even attribute it to nostalgia. We did not grow up with Sloppy Joes. My only memory is from a certain Olsen twin movie. It was from this clip I figured the key factors were: 1) soft bun and 2) messy. I had always wanted to try them, but was hesitant…as I didn’t know what a Sloppy Joe would taste like. Unfortunately, the name of the ‘dish’ nor the iconic ‘Manwich’ offer any descriptive of what a makes a Joe a Joe. A few years ago I found a recipe for them from scratch and decided I might just enjoy more than just the idea of them.
Get your napkins and give this a try.
1 tablespoon oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
½ green pepper, finely chopped
1 celery stalk, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
Salt and pepper
1 pound lean ground beef (or any ground meat, really)
1 ¾ cups plain tomato sauce (such as Hunt’s or Primo brand)
¼ cup ketchup
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
4 hamburger buns
- Prepare your ingredients
- Heat the oil in a large skillet. Add the onions, pepper, and celery and cook until softened (about 5 minutes). Add garlic and cook until fragrant.
- Add ground meat to skillet. Cook until no longer pink, breaking up the meat as it cooks.
- Stir in ketchup, tomato sauce, and Worchestershire sauce and simmer until thickened, about 6-8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper
- Spoon onto buns. Enjoy!
Source: Martha Stewart Living