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Sloppy Joes - An Easy School Night Dinner

Updated on January 17, 2016
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With all of the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, sometimes we need a quick and easy fix. Especially when it comes to dinnertime. I am still kind of old school. No matter what we have going on, I like to sit down with my family to eat. We discuss our day and just enjoy the time together.

But, with crazy school activity schedules as well as work schedules, finding the time to cook the meal we sit down to can be a difficult task. We don't want something so complicated that we spend all night cooking. That's why I am always on the lookout for quick, easy and delicious recipes to feed my crew fast.

School Night Sloppy Joes

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: Makes about 4 sandwiches

Ingredients

  • 1 Pound Ground Beef, Browned
  • 1 Cup Ketchup
  • 1 Tbs Prepared Yellow Mustard
  • 1 Tbs Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tbs Tabasco, Or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Cloves
  • 1/4 tsp White Pepper
  • 1 small onion, Diced (optional)
  • 1 Bell Pepper, Diced (optional)
  • Salt, to taste

Instructions

  1. Brown the ground beef and drain off extra grease. If using Onions and peppers, add them now.
  2. Add in all of the remaining ingredients.
  3. Stir the meat mixture to mix well. Cover and allow to simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Serve on pretzel roll or hamburger bun.

Step by Step Photo instructions

Gather together all of the ingredients on the ingredient list.
Gather together all of the ingredients on the ingredient list.
Brown the ground beef and add peppers and onions if you are choosing to do so
Brown the ground beef and add peppers and onions if you are choosing to do so
Add 1 cup of Ketchup
Add 1 cup of Ketchup
Add tablespoon of mustard and Tabasco sauce
Add tablespoon of mustard and Tabasco sauce
Add 1 Tablespoon of brown sugar
Add 1 Tablespoon of brown sugar
Add white pepper and ground cloves
Add white pepper and ground cloves
Stir to mix the ingredients together well
Stir to mix the ingredients together well
Cover and let simmer on low heat for 15 minutes or until ready to serve stirring occasionally.
Cover and let simmer on low heat for 15 minutes or until ready to serve stirring occasionally.

Most sloppy joe recipes are kind of Blah. Same old ketchup and mustard mixture, or maybe right out of a can. The thing I like about this recipe is the addition of the clove. It gives the meat a bit of sophisticated flavor without over powering the meat. Mixed with the sweetness of the brown sugar and the spiciness of the Tabasco pepper sauce, it is a pleasure to smell the aroma that fills the house and the taste when you are eating it.

For the meal pictured in the first picture, I used pretzel rolls that I had made using my soft pretzel recipe from another hub. The pretzel roll isn't necessary, and will add a bit of extra time to your meal prep, but the sweet savory meat paired beautifully with the buttery salty goodness of the pretzel roll. It was a bit Sloppier because of the chewiness of the roll, but well worth the effort.

To make this a complete meal serve with a side of french fries or tater tots and a small garden salad.

Sloppy Joes are thought to have come about in the 1930's in a cafe in Sioux City, Iowa. They have gone by many names, Loose meat sandwiches, Deviled Hamburgers, Chopped Meat Sandwiches, and Minced Beef Spanish Style. Pretty fancy, right?

Companies like Manwich started canning Sloppy Joe Sauce right around the 1960's. They have even been immortalized in the song "Lunch Lady Land" by Adam Sandler. For most of us, our first introduction to the Sloppy Joe was in the school cafeteria.

The Sloppy Joe does not have to be relegated to the lunch room or cafeteria. It is a great easy meal that is both filling and delicious. My kids always clamor for more every time we have them. I think they manage to eat more than I do.


Adam Sandler "Lunch Lady Land"

Thanks for taking a look at this Hub and this recipe. If you decide to give it a try, please let me know how you liked it by giving it a rating here on the Hub Page and leave me a comment below.

I especially want to know if you made any additions to the recipe that made it better or if there was something in the recipe that you didn't care for and would change the next time you make it. (if you decide to make it again)


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