Emeril's Sloppy Joes


Sloppy Joe sandwiches aren't something I'm a huge fan of, but Tom loves them. They're super easy to make, especially if using sauce from a can, which might be part of the reason why I don't like them very much. I know most people "doctor" up the canned varieties by adding fresh sauteed onion and green pepper and some brown sugar, but even with those additions, it still never appealed to me all that much.

I think I've mentioned before that Tom is perfectly happy with eating the same things pretty much every week, right? Well, he used to ask me to "make something normal" but I've noticed recently he gave up on that. Maybe its because I'm not asking him for suggestions anymore or maybe he just realized its that the weekly menu is always going to have more new than old items now that he doesn't even see the point in telling me. But after a few weeks of subjecting him to foods where he raises his eyebrows at the combinations or scrunches up his face at the tastes, I feel that its only fair to toss in an "old" recipe every now and then, which is what lead to these sloppy joes.

I couldn't bring myself to make them with a can though. I figured maybe making them from scratch would be a bit more appealing to me.

Sloppy Joes
Source: Emeril 20-40-60 Fresh Food Fast
Servings: 6
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    • 2 tbsp. olive oil
    • 2 stalks celery, diced
    • 1 green pepper, diced
    • 1 cup onion, diced
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 1/2 lbs. lean ground beef (90%)
    • 3 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
    • 3 tbsp. brown sugar
    • 1 cup tomato sauce
    • 1/2 cup beef broth
    • 2 tsp. hot sauce
    • 6 hamburger buns
    • 6 slices American cheese (optional)
    • salt and pepper

1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the celery, green pepper and onion and cook for 3-5 minutes. Then add the garlic and cook 1 more minute.
2. Add the ground beef to the skillet, breaking it up until it is browned. Season with salt and pepper.
3. Add the Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, tomato sauce, beef broth and hot sauce to the skillet and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover and let simmer for 15-20 minutes or until it has thickened.
4. Meanwhile, lightly toast the hamburger buns.
5. Spoon the sloppy joe mixture onto the buns and add a slice of cheese if desired. Serve hot.

I will admit, it was MUCH tastier to have a homemade version of this. I'd actually eat it as leftovers which is really saying something for this recipe.

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