Wednesday, September 19, 2012

An American Classic...

It's one of the quintessential American dishes - simple, tasty, home-spun comfort food - and, like a good pan of brownies, disappears like it's going of out style. You can serve it on a bun or a slice of fresh bread, you can pair it with potato wedges or fresh cole slaw, you can broil a slice of cheddar or smoked gouda on top, or you can just eat it plain...but please, remember to wipe your mouth afterwards. These are sloppy joes, after all!

Sloppy Joes
2 pounds ground beef
2 onions, chopped
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard, optional
3 tablespoons Worchestire sauce
2 teaspoons red or white wine vinegar
1 4 ounce can of tomato paste
1 8 ounce can of tomato sauce OR 1 15 ounce can of diced tomatoes

Brown beef over medium-high, adding chopped onions, minced garlic, salt, and pepper as the beef cooks. Cook for ten minutes, or until beef is fully cooked. Add chili powder, dry mustard, ketchup, and dijon mustard. Stir well. Add remaining ingredients, and simmer for 10 to 20 minutes before serving. Serves 8.

This mixture is well-suited for slowcooking (the longer, the better!), if you'd like to prepare in the meal in advance, and for freezing, should you have any leftover.

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