Thursday, October 31, 2013

easy sloppy joes

Who doesn't like a sloppy joe? I mean, really. They are savory, tangy, and can be customized to whatever mood you are in that night- these ones are slightly spicy and a little twangy.
Like usual, I chose to use ground turkey instead of ground beef- but you can use whatever you want.
Once the ground meat has been fully cooked, add in your veggies. I've used everything from black olives, green olives, carrots and even very finely chopped broccoli in my sloppy joes, but this is more classic. Just diced onion, garlic and a small jalapeno!
Now for the seasonings! No need for a packet here! Ketchup, of course for the tang, tomato sauce for some richness and tartness, chili powder for deep color and flavor, mustard powder for more tang, cayenne pepper for spice, paprika for color and taste, Worcestershire sauce for deep flavor, salt and pepper of course, and then honey to cut all the savory flavors! Add just a quarter cup of hot water and mix it all up!
Perfect. Thick and tangy, slightly spicy and ready for a bun!
Easy Sloppy Joes
1 lb ground turkey
1/2 cup diced onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeno pepper, minced with seeds and ribs removed
3/4 cup ketchup
3/4 cup tomato sauce
2 Tablespoons honey
1/4 cup water
1 Tablespoon chili powder
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon mustard powder
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon paprika
Salt and pepper, to taste
Kaiser rolls, toasted

In a large skillet, brown ground turkey until no longer pink. Add in diced onion, garlic and jalapeno pepper and cook 5 minutes, or until the vegetables are soft. Add in ketchup, tomato sauce, honey, water, chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, mustard powder, cayenne pepper, paprika and salt and pepper. Cook for an additional 10 minutes or until thick and hot. Serve on toasted kaiser rolls and enjoy!