Apr 23 2008

The Joes of Sloppiness.

Published by at 9:50 am under Recipes

I shared this recipe with Mackers a few months back, and her review was that it is “too fancy”. I respectfully submit that Mackers is out of her damn mind. I still love her and everything, but she crazy.

This recipe comes to us courtesy of my old church’s cookbook (a wealth of easy and tasty treats), submitted by some God-fearing German woman who is probably dead, but even so, she wouldn’t want to be associated with this site, so I won’t publish her name. I will say, however, that her legacy of tasty sloppy joes lives on at my house, where I give a little “thank you” to her every time I make this recipe. It is easy and delicious, and good for a quick meal or an outdoor picnic. Scaling this recipe up and putting it in a Crock Pot to keep warm at a buffet is no problem at all, if you’re like us and have tons of food at your July 4 shindig.

What you will need:

  • 1 pound ground chuck
  • 1 large onion (or 2 small cooking onions)
  • 1/4 c celery (optional)
  • 1 10 3/4 oz. can condensed tomato soup
  • 1/4 c ketchup
  • 1 tbsp. white vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce (give or take, depending on how much you like Worcestershire. I love it, so I usually add more.)
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Hamburger buns

Dice the onion and put it in a pan. Add the meat. Brown the onion and meat thoroughly and drain. Reduce heat to medium/medium-low. Add in the rest of the ingredients and stir together. Allow to cook, stirring occasionally, until thick enough to put on buns. I check for doneness by scraping a bunch to one side; if it falls back too quickly, it’s not done. If it stays where I put it, for the most part, it’s ready. If your range is like mine (refuses to let go of burner heat), you’re going to want to watch this kind of carefully, and perhaps stir it a little more often to prevent burning.

Serve on paper plates with plenty of napkins. If you like your joes as slop-free as possible, consider cutting your sandwich in half before eating. The filling is much less likely to make a break for it.

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