Friday, January 30, 2015

Freaking Awesome Sloppy Joes

Freaking Awesome Sloppy Joes. Pitch your manwich in the trash and make your family these incredible sandwiches tonight. Heaven is Smiling Above heavenissmilingabove.blogspot.com

Freakin' Awesome Sloppy Joes


Freaking Awesome Sloppy Joes. Your family is going to love you for making these! Pitch your manwich in the trash and make your family these incredible sandwiches tonight. Heaven is Smiling Above heavenissmilingabove.blogspot.com


I have three kinds of recipes: the ones that sit in the fridge as leftovers for over a week, the ones that are good enough to eat on a couple different days of the same week, and the ones where extreme kindness has to be shown to each other as we watch the others have the last scoop.

These sloppy joes fall into the last category. My 14-month-old had four servings.

Someone even said, "Those were the best sloppy joes I have ever had! You can make those at least twice a month."

Hot diggity dog!



I looked through several recipes online. The ones that interested me called for too much ketchup, worcestershire sauce (which I don't like), or they had to simmer for 30-45 minutes. Mainly, my two goals in this recipe was to not use as much ketchup but still have that good tomato sauciness and to have it thick enough to eat right after mixing - so no simmering. 

I really outdid myself on this meal because I made the hamburger buns, as well. I'll share that recipe after the sloppy joes. It's out of the Oster breadmaker recipe book.

You can have dinner cooked and on the table in less than 30 minutes if you have store-bought buns, or do like I did and make the buns the day before.

If you want your family drooling over dinner, grab some meat and tomato sauce, and let's get cooking!

Freaking Awesome Sloppy Joes. Your family is going to love you for making these! Pitch your manwich in the trash and make your family these incredible sandwiches tonight. Heaven is Smiling Above heavenissmilingabove.blogspot.com

Freaking Awesome Sloppy Joes


1 1/2 pounds ground beef (I used venison)
1 onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 tsp minced garlic
8 oz tomato sauce
6 oz tomato paste
1/4 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon brown sugar, optional
1 teaspoon prepared mustard
1/2 tsp onion salt

1. Brown your meat and onion in a large saucepan.
2. When it is almost completely cooked through, add the green pepper and garlic. Cook for 3-5 minutes more or until the meat is no longer pink.
3. Add everything else and mix well. I added the brown sugar to cut the metal taste of the canned tomato sauce. Otherwise, I couldn't tell it was there.
4. Warm through and serve hot!

**In place of the tomato sauce and paste, you can use 2 cups tomato sauce plus 2 Tablespoons flour. Sprinkle the flour over the cooked meat and mix in before adding the sauce. I used my homemade sauce and omitted the brown sugar. It was fantastic!

Oster's Basic Dough for Rolls (2 lbs)


If you don't have a breadmaker, any basic roll recipe will do. Just follow the instructions until the second rise. Check out my instructions for that.

1 3/4 cups water
2 teaspoons oil
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons dry milk
1 teaspoon sugar
4 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon yeast

1. Add these ingredients in this order to your breadmaker. 
2. Set your breadmaker to the dough setting and let it take you through the first rise.
3. Lightly flour your counter top. Lightly grease a baking sheet.
4. Remove the dough from the pan and gently knead it until smooth and round.
5. Divide the dough into 8 or 12 sections. I did 8. 
6. Roll each section between your hands until round. 
7. Place on your greased baking sheet and flatten until it's about the size of your palm.
8. Cover and let your buns rise until doubled in size, about an hour.
9. Bake at 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned. (Mine never browned, but they were fabulous anyway.)
10. Let cool and split horizontally with a serrated knife. 
11. Store wrapped until ready to use.

Voila! You have now made hamburger buns that are worlds away from the cheap $1.00 store brand bag and are just as good, if not better, than the kind you can buy for $4.00 a bag.

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25 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, I haven't had sloppy joes for such a long time. Now I'm craving them! Thankfully you've provided a recipe! LOL

    Thanks for sharing and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop.

    Wishing you a lovely weekend.
    xoxo

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  2. Wow I will definitely have to try this recipe. It looks like it will be one the whole family will like, and luckily not too much ketchup as I am the only one in our family who doesn't really like it.

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    1. I'm in the minority when it comes to liking only a little bit of ketchup, too. You don't miss it, though, with all the other tomato stuff. Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Hi, we love sloppy joes! But haven't had them for a long time. When we were living in India we had them all the time from a package. Now I'm going to try me some of this. Thanks for sharing and stopping my blog.

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    1. These are so much better than a package! I hope you like them as much as we do. Thanks for commenting!

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  4. We JUST had Sloppy Joes this past Wednesday and my kids were not fans of the can of Manwich I used! (Just trying to cut corners! Ha!) I will try this recipe for sure before I scrap that dinner idea altogether!

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    1. That's funny. I had a can of Manwich I wanted to dress up and extend. By the time I had finished cooking this recipe, my husband was at the pan eating it and said I would totally ruin it by adding the Manwich. :) So glad he stopped me! This is world's away from that stuff. :) Thanks for your comment!

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  5. I love sloppy joes! One of my favorite meals!

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  6. Thanks, April Lou! I hope you try these. They are so much better than using the canned stuff!

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  7. I love sloppy Joes too!! Great Recipe! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! Hope you come back tomorrow and share some more of your favorite things!! Pinned!

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  8. I have been looking for a sloppy joe recipe! My kids will thank you :) Pinned!

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  9. So glad you came over. Your family will love it!

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  10. Who doesn't love a good sloppy joe recipe! YUM! No idea why I used to buy that canned stuff!

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

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  11. Thank you for linking up to Creative K Kids' Tasty Tuesdays Linky Party. I have pinned your post to the Tasty Tuesdays Pinterest Board.

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  12. Ooh tomato sauce and paste *and* ketchup, that does sound yummy!

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    1. We're pretty big tomato fans here. :) And meat and bread.... We can't go wrong with this recipe!

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  13. I just love sloppy joes. Reminds me of my childhood and was also one the recipes we learned in Home Ec.
    Pam

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    1. These never go out of style. Thanks for visiting.

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  14. These look so good, I love sloppy joes. I'm going to try these! Visiting from Throwback Thursday. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you! I would love to know if you liked them.

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  15. These look great and I don't think I've had a Sloppy Joe since I was a kid (makes me think of the Adam Sandler/ Chris Farley skit from Saturday Night Live...) I'll have to give these a whirl. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I don't know that skit. I'll have to check it out. Those two were always so funny! Thanks for stopping by, Jennifer.

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  16. These look yummy! I love me some good Sloppy Joes!
    -Leia @ Eat It & Say Yum

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  17. Erin -SuburbanSimplicityMay 22, 2016 at 10:54 PM

    Looks amazing. I think my family would like it...we'll at least the men...they love meat!

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  18. Thanks, Erin. The whole family is so excited when I make these. I hope your family does too!

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