All Sloppy & No Joe!

 

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I think the last time I had a sloppy joe was in elementary school. It’s one of those dishes you just can’t find in restaurants. I’ve been craving one since my first and last sloppy joe. Wow, that’s a long craving! Coming from an Asian family, sloppy joes were never on the family dinner table. So now, years later, I finally decide to make my own. Let’s just say, it’s called sloppy joe for a reason.

Remember how I made homemade burgers a couple of weeks ago? Well my sloppy joes came from the same package of ground beef. Yeah! I think Rachel Ray would be proud. I initially bought a 3 lb. package of ground beef thinking that we, my two brothers and I, would be able to finish it off. But as soon as I squeezed half of the package into a bowl, I realized that it was more than enough, so I popped the rest in the freezer.

Now, weeks later, I figure I’ll give a go at making sloppy joes. Looked up a few recipes online and they all generally asked for the same ingredients: ground beef, chopped onions, minced garlic, ketchup, salt and pepper, brown sugar, and yellow mustard. I thought I had all the ingredients, but somehow the brown sugar went missing and I figured Dijon mustard would be too much of a kick. What did I do? I just left them out.

Make your own sloppy joes:

1) Add some oil to a pan and heat it up.

2) Toss in some chopped onions and garlic and let it cook a little.

3) Add in the ground beef (defrost first!) and continually mash the beef with a wooden spoon until brown.

4) Add about a quarter cup of ketchup and some salt and pepper.

I was considering adding honey to substitute the brown sugar, but I tasted it and it was delicious! It’s so simple, I don’t know why people buy that gunk in a can.