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Sloppy Joe…Not your “First Date” type of Sandwich

18 Aug

Have you ever just wanted some real comfort food?  Something that made you so comfortable that you didn’t have to worry about how you looked eating it?  Well my dear, I am pretty sure that you can agree that a nice messy Sloppy Joe can quench that craving.

A Sloppy Joe is definitely NOT your “first date” type of sandwich.  If you are trying to be cute and sweet on your first date, this sandwich should not be on the menu. But, maybe by the third date, you and that new eye candy can have a “lets make dinner together” date, and create your own mess…Sloppy Joe mess that is. 😉 Here’s how…

2 Tbl plus 2 Tsp Olive Oil
1 Cup Onion (diced small)
¼ Cup Celery (diced small)
¼ Cup Green Bell Pepper (diced small)
Course Salt and ground Pepper
2 Tsp Garlic (minced)
¾ Pounds Lean Ground Beef
1 ½ Tbl dark-brown Sugar
1 ½  Tbl Worcestershire Sauce
1 Cup Prepared Tomato Sauce
½ Cup Beef or Chicken Stock (low- sodium if possible)
1 Tsp Hot-Pepper Sauce (optional)
2 Hamburger Buns, Split

In a large skillet, heat 1 Tsp oil over medium-high.  Add onion, celery, bell pepper, season with salt and pepper, and cook until vegetables soften, about 2 minutes.  Add garlic and cook 1 minute.  Add beef, breaking up meat with a wooden spoon, and cook until browned, 2 minutes, add brown sugar, Worcestershire Sauce, tomato sauce, and stock and bring to a boil.  Reduce to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes.  Add hot-pepper sauce (if using) and remove beef mixture from heat.

Meanwhile, toast buns and brush with remaining oil.

Generously spoon beef mixture over toasted buns, and Enjoy that third date!

Mmm, take a bite out of that!

If beef is not your thing, you can check out these yummy Sloppy Joe variations I found…

Tofu Sloppy Joe

Asian Style Pork Sloppy Joe

Lentil Sloppy Joe

Tofu Turkey Sloppy Joe

Lentil Sloppy Joe Wrap