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Posted by / Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Easy Super Bowl Appetizers: Sloppy Joes


In continuing with the "meaty" portion of my Easy Super Bowl Appetizers, I bring you yet another classic — the Sloppy Joe. Yes, yes I did.

Who didn't grow up with this staple?  Of course, those of you familiar with the Sloppy Joe most likely had versions prepared from a can that began with an "M" — well this recipe, my friends, is not brought to you by the letter "M".


This is one of those go-to recipes you can kind of clean out the fridge by making use of spices and veggies you may not have used in a while. The following is what transpired from what I had on hand...

Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef, chuck or sirloin (I prefer organic, grass fed)
  • 1 cup onions
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3/4 cup carrots, red pepper (sweet or spicy) and celery
  • 2T butter
  • 1T chili powder
  • 1T cumin
  • Splash of red wine
  • 1 26 ounce box of Pomi tomatoes (I would always recommend fresh but not the season for tomatoes)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Soft wheat rolls (softness is key I tell you)

Preparation:
Melt butter in skillet — add onions, garlic, sauteing until soft. Add the carrots, peppers and celery (it is key to add after the onions as these provide a little crunch in the sandwich). Add ground beef and brown, mixing well with vegetables. Add chili powder, cumin, tomatoes and splash of wine — simmering until sauce thickens. Taste and add salt and pepper to your liking.


Tip:
Serve on full size rolls or smaller dinner rolls (for that Sloppy Joe slider effect). I always add hot sauce for that extra point (kick).


Of course in the blogging world I just, "URP", ate this — so who knows what I am making for Super Bowl. I promise to at least let you know what goes down on Sunday.

Always hoping for a good game and please let me know if you did indeed try any of the gameday appetizer recipes — I hope they were all game pleasers.

E.A.T. local E.A.T. well

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An avid home cook, I believe in using simple ingredients, local when possible and am inspired by the principles of supporting a sustainable food system. I’ve cultivated this blog as a way to share my passion for the preparation and enjoyment of food in a way that everyone from beginners to long time foodies can get involved in.

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