Sunday, June 21, 2009

Sloppy Joe's with class.....

Being that hubby and I made the switch to ground turkey instead of ground beef a few months ago, I have had to reinvent ways to make this tasty. For those of you who have never cooked with ground turkey, it is no doubt different. If you are looking for that lovely, slick grease that beef creates in the bottom of the pan, you won't find it! Its a fairly healthy option and it sits lighter in your system. So there is my unpaid service announcement for the wonders of ground turkey.

Now on to the recipe!

I decided to make Sloppy Joe's aka Manwich sandwiches...whatever you prefer. Now if you like the mix in the can go for it, but it gives me crazy heartburn so I decided to concoct my own variation sans the heartburn. So I hope you all enjoy it! Hubby loved it and quickly demolished....not ate....but killed three sandwiches so I must have hit something on the head here.


1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil EVOO
1 lb of ground turkey or beef
14.5 oz can of tomato sauce
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 medium onion choped or diced (depends on how you like your onion's presentation)
3 tbsp light brown sugar (more or less to taste)
1 tbsp steak seasoning
1 tbsp chili powder
3 tbsp worcestershire sauce
1 pack of burger rolls
Cheddar Cheese for topping

1. Heat the EVOO on medium high heat and add the turkey or beef being sure to crumble it as it browns. Cook for until half way done and then add the onions. Cook until soft, about 5 to 6 minutes.

2. While the meat and onions are cooking, in a large mixing bowl combine the salt, pepper, all spices, tomato sauce, worcestershire sauce, and brown sugar. MIx until well incorporated. Taste to see if you want to add anything.

3. If using beef, drain your meat from the grease and return to pan. If using turkey you do not need to drain unless you want to.
4. Pour the sauce over the meat and simmer for 5-7 minutes to combine the flavors.

5. When ready to serve, place on buns, top with cheddar cheese and ENJOY!

No pointers for this one other than the more brown sugar, the sweeter the sauce. You may need to adjust to your liking.

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