casual comfort

Sloppy Joes
Since really falling in love with cooking, I will admit that it is easy to get caught up in the next new and fancy thing.  Homemade pasta!  Layer Cakes! Braising!  Pretty Cupcakes!  This isn’t necessarily a bad thing.  I have expanded my recipe file and become far more comfortable with my skills.  But sometimes you want something easy.  Sometime simple.  Something like a Sloppy Joe. Sloppy Joes

I don’t specifically remember growing up eating sloppy joes but they just seem like the quintessential childhood food.  A hamburger bun topped with a filling that is supposed to run all over your hands.  It’s supposed to be sloppy. But don’t you think that I just browned some ground beef from a tube with a can of Manwich and called it a day.  I can’t help it, I’m a tad fancier than that.

Sloppy Joes

You see, I didn’t just use any old hamburger bun, but rather a challah roll that I picked up at Whole Foods. I was planning to buy some ground turkey thigh but grass fed beef was on sale, so I picked up a pound. I can’t remember the last time I actually cooked with ground beef. I will admit that it was nice for a change. After taking time to cut up a bunch of carrots, onions and celery into a nice small dice, then letting them slowly soften on the stove in my dutch oven, I browned the beef. Grass-fed beef is so wonderful because there is so little fat to drain off. Then the vegetables and beef get mingled with a can of crushed tomatoes and spices. Then in no time flat its time to spoon them into the middle of a brioche roll, put it on a plate, grab the paper towels and dig in.

Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes (printable recipe)
Recipe adapted from The Kitchen Sink who adapted from Everyday Food

I will admit that I almost enjoyed eating the filling from a bowl, with a bag of these tortilla chips at my side. Would be great with ruffled potato chips as well.

1 tablespoon olive oil
4 carrots, finely diced
2 celery stalks, finely diced
1 medium onion, minced
1 garlic clove, minced
Coarse salt and ground pepper
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 pound ground beef (preferably grass-fed) or ground turkey
1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
2 tablespoons dark-brown sugar
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
4 yummy rolls (brioche, challah, etc), split and toasted (I put mine under the broiler and almost burnt them, so do this at your own risk)

In a dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat and the add carrots, celery, and onion. Season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic, and cook for additional minute or so.

Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add the ground beef and brown, breaking up meat with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink, 4 to 5 minutes.

Add tomatoes, sugar, vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce. Cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, 12 to 14 minutes. Serve on rolls or eat from a bowl with your chip of choice.

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10 responses to “casual comfort

  1. Looks delicious!!! I’ve been falling into the “fancy food” thing too, and sometimes crave something like this, or a grilled cheese :)

  2. I made the EDF version a few weeks ago. Really simple and really good.

  3. looks awesome. last time i made sloppy joe was in grad school (not all that long ago really) and using manwich. i really really liked manwich. but today i’d probably go the au naturale route and make them myself!

  4. I am all about casual comfort, and this looks EXCELLENT. Love that you used grass-fed beef, too. Yum.

  5. I love anyone who loves sloppy joes… :) I have found that throwing just a teaspoon or two of bbq sauce gives it a nice smokiness…as you can see I am a true sloppy joe connoisseur!

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  7. mmmm those sandwiches look deliciously messy! and are those anthro plates i spy? :)

  8. Oh yum. I’m a huge home made sloppy joe fan. your recipe looks perfect!

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  10. I made this just now and Its really tasty and veggieful; it didn’t have that junky sweet taste I enjoyed from grade school so i added a bit of molasses to make it a bit more like BBQ sauce. and used diced tomatoes instead of crushed.

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