Thursday, April 05, 2007

Sloppy Joes

Slop-Sloppy Joe, yeah. This one is 100% college (or middle school, however you want to look at it).
Pretty sure I got this recipe from my mother's files. I know most people can buy the canned stuff, but this is very easy and you can spice it up as you wish for a super-quick hot lunch. Easily doubled or tripled to feed a gang of hungry kids.

Serves 2 (3 with a side)
25 minutes
-medium saucepan
Quick and simple

1/2 lb. ground beef
1 medium white onion
3 tsp. chili powder*
2 tsp. garlic powder*
1 tsp. dried celery flakes (or 1/2 tsp. celery salt)*
salt and black pepper
1 tsp. yellow mustard*
dash of Worcestershire sauce*
1/3 c. Heinz ketchup (or other GF brand)
2 hamburger buns-- I used EnerG tapioca buns
corn chips* for serving
* McCormick spices are GF; French's original mustard is GF; Lea and Perrin's Worcestershire sauce is GF; Frito's original corn chips are GF

1. Chop up onions in small-ish pieces. Dice them fine if you want (I prefer larger pieces). Set aside.
2. Begin cooking ground meat over medium heat in the saucepan. Break up large pieces of meat while cooking, but don't pulverize it. Cook for around 5 minutes, then drain out some excess grease if needed (not all of it).
3. When meat is browned, but still juicy, add in the onion. Also shake in the chili powder, garlic powder, celery flakes, salt and pepper-- mix well, and continue cooking for another 5-10 minutes or until onion becomes barely translucent. Don't burn the meat.
4. Remove meat/onions from stove and add in the mustard, a dash of Worcestershire sauce and then the ketchup. Start out with the 1/3rd cup of ketchup; if the mixture looks too dry, work your way up to 1/2 c. The exact amount will vary depending on how sloppy you want your Joes.
5. Heat up the GF hamburger buns in the microwave for 20 seconds on 'high' (makes them waaay softer). Re-heat meat/ketchup mixture over low heat on the stove to make sure it's still warm, then spoon a generous helping of meat into the buns. Enjoy with a side of pan-fried potatoes or corn chips.

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