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Untidy Joseph aka Sloppy Joe, Slop, Sloppy Joes

Simple, classic and tasty is all I can say about this dish.  You will be transported back to childhood as these comfort bombs hit your belly!  Truth be told, I make them off the cuff usually this is just one variation I do but only my first post about them.

  • 1 lb ground burger (sub turkey or soy grumbles for healthier versions)
  • 1 white onion diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic diced
  • 1 celery stock diced
  • 1 cup or so of sliced mushrooms (crimini or buttons)
  • 1 can (12 oz.) of tomato sauce (I like Hunts)
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 1 Tbls. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp. chili powder (I used ancho chili powder)
  • 1-2 tsp. hot sauce (optional)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Light oil such as canola
  • Buns (get good, soft and fluffy ones form the bakery so it holds the sauce well)

In a heavy frying pan over medium high heat add a glug of oil and then the onions and garlic, cook until onions start to soften and become translucent (5-8 minutes) then add the celery and mushrooms and cook until celery and mushrooms are softened and cooked through (5-8 minutes).  Add the ground meat and s/p to taste, cook until beef is browned then add the chili powder and cook for another minute.  Add tomato sauce, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce if you are opting for it and bring up to a bubble then reduce heat to a low simmer and let thicken, I like to cook for at least 20 minutes so the flavors meld and the meat becomes supper tender, this lets the sauce thicken too.

its not fun if you don’t make a mess!

Put a good amount on bun, just enough so some starts to fall off and forces you to eat it with your fingers, it is called a untidy Joseph after all.  Garnish with some pickle slices if you like and serve with chips or fries.

lushous treat

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