I was watching a cooking show recently and they made Sloppy Joes, I have seen them made before, I just never got around to trying it. Now I didn't make the version I watched, instead I searched for a recipe that I thought my family would like better.
Well they loved it. Now you could make these with your favourite mince sauce, but what I loved about this one, it was different to the sauces I already make. So this was a new flavour and my family loved the idea of these messy, tasty, burgers.
These are great if you are having a lot of kids/teens over, it is cheap and you can prepare the mince in advance. You just preheat prior to baking and you can feed a mass of kids with little effort involved. And I can tell you it is far cheaper than ordering pizzas for hungry teens.
I love the addition of a gherkin slice, but that is completely up to you.
I also love to bake them in a baking dish, this warms up the bread and it easier than slicing and toasting the bread. Also by baking them, the cheese completely melts.
This is great if you are busy during the week, you can prepare the mince on the weekend and you have a midweek meal on the table in no time.
As for the spice, add as much or as little as you like, this really is a recipe where you can adjust things to suit you and your family.
Give this a try, it really is tasty.
2 tablespoons butter
1kg pork and veal mince (you can use just beef mince)
1/2 whole large onion, diced
1 large green capsicum, diced
5 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 1/2 cups ketchup
1 cup water
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons chilli powder (more to taste)
1 teaspoon mustard powder
1/2 teaspoon red chilli flakes (more to taste)
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce (to taste)
Tabasco Sauce (optional, to taste)
Salt and pepper, to taste
8 Soft Bread Rolls, sliced in half, horizontally
Shredded Tasty Cheese, optional
Sliced dill pickles, to serve, optional
Add butter to a large frying pan or saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the mince and cook, breaking it up with a wooden spoon and cook until brown. Drain and discard most of the excess fat if you find you are left with too much fat, it will depend on the mince you buy.
Add onion, capsicum and garlic. Cook for a few minutes, or until the vegetables begin to soften.
Add the tomato paste, stir it through for 30 seconds, then add the ketchup, brown sugar, chilli powder, mustard powder, red chilli flakes, Worcestershire sauce and water. Season with salt and pepper. Stir to combine and simmer for 15 minutes.
Taste and adjust seasonings as needed, add tabasco sauce now, if desired.
You can make these Sloppy Joes 2 ways
Method 1: Spread rolls with butter and brown on a griddle or frying pan. Spoon meat mixture over the rolls, top with shredded cheese and gherkin, if using. Serve hot with kettle cooked chips.
Method 2: My preferred method, as the cheese melts: Place the bottom half of the rolls side by side in a baking tray or dish. Spoon on the mince mixture, top with shredded cheese and gherkin slices, if using. Place the tops of the rolls on top. Bake in a preheated 180C oven for about 10 minutes, or until the cheese has melted. Serve hot with kettle cooked chips.
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