Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Spicy BBQ Sloppy Joes

I haven't had Sloppy Joes for years.  Just never think of it.  But this recipe makes total sense as another Burger Alternative--Spicy BBQ Sloppy Joes.  It fits in line with providing simple skills with multiple variations on a theme: hamburger doesn't have to equal 'another burger night'.

See what you think.  I adapted a version from Epicurious Dinner Rush magazine called 'Sophisto Joes' but completely misread the recipe on my first attempt, adding 1 1/2 cups of brown sugar instead of 1 1/2 Tablespoons.  On remake, I adjusted the ingredients and added a few new ones.  Still simple, but with a little kick to keep things interesting!

Large skillet
Wooden spoon
Knife for chopping veggies
Magic-Bullet-type blender (if you don't have one you'll have to simply mash tomatoes)
Measuring spoons

1 (14 1/2 oz) can whole tomatoes or diced, drained
1 large onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 Tablespoons butter
1 medium carrot, finely chopped
1 celery rib, finely chopped
1 1/2 lbs ground beef
1 1/2 tsp chili powder
2 Tablespoons Worchestershire Sauce
1 Tablespoon of light or dark brown sugar
Juice from 1/2 lemon or 1 teaspoon of red wine vinegar 

Pinch of cayenne (optional, if you have it)
1/2 tsp of Dijon mustard (optional if you have it)

4 Kaiser Rolls / Hamburger Rolls, toasted with or without butter.

1. Wash your hands.
2. Puree the tomatoes in the blender. Set aside.

3. Prep all of the veggies.

4. Heat butter over MEDIUM - HIGH heat in a large 12" skillet.

5. Saute garlic and onion until onion begins to turn golden brown, approx 4-5 minutes.

6. Add carrot, celery, 1/2 tsp of salt.  Stir and cook for until veggies soften, approx 4-5 minutes.

7. Add beef and brown, stirring occasionally, approx 5-6 minutes.

8. Add chili powder, 1/2 tsp salt, dijon mustard, and 3/4 tsp pepper.  Stir for 2 minutes.

9. Add pureed tomatoes, lemon juice, Worchestershire Sauce, and brown sugar.
10. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens, approx 6 minutes.

11. Season to taste with salt.
12. Toast your rolls for added support for the sloppiness.  Add butter or skip.

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