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And there ya have it... #SloppyJoes

Sloppy Joes
by James Belardo

One of the meals I enjoyed that my public school offered for lunch was Sloppy Joes. I rarely ate lunch in grade school (I usually went home) but for some reason, when they were serving Sloppy Joes, I was all over it! Why use a mix when you can make it better without! Here’s my personal tribute and take on a classic ‘Comida Americana’ dish!

I think tonight's a #SloppyJoe kind of night.

Ingredients
1 – 2 lb lean or regular ground beef
1 can 28 oz plum tomatoes (preferably San Marzano), crushed by hand
1/2 – 1 can (small) tomato paste
1/4 cup Balsamic vinegar
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 onion, diced
2 stalks celery, diced (save the leaves if they’re in good shape)
1 green pepper, diced
1 red pepper, diced
1 cup chopped fresh Cremini mushrooms (small brown mushrooms – they’re actually baby Portabello)
1/4 cup fresh basil (loose)
1/2 cup freshly chopped flat-leaf parsley
1 or 2 bay leaves
1 – 2 tbsp oregano (dry)
Chili powder
Turmeric powder
2 – 3 tablespoon natural sugar
salt and pepper to taste
extra virgin olive oil
bacon fat (optional)

Directions
1. Using medium heat in a large pan or dutch oven, preheat olive oil and bacon fat (optional). First sauté the onions, once they show signs of translucence add the garlic. Let cook until the garlic begins to brown, it should take a few minutes.
#Sauté #Onions & #Garlic in #OliveOil & #BaconFat for the #SloppyJoes

2. Once the onions and garlic are cooked enough add the ground beef and mix well.
Once onions begin to become translucent, throw in the ground #Beef for the #SloppyJoes

3. As the ground beef is browning, add some chili powder, turmeric, salt and pepper – mix well
I usually add some salt, pepper, chili powder and some turmeric at this point

4. Once the meat is browned, add the peppers (green and red) and cook for another 5-10 minutes (until the peppers begin to soften).
Some Green and Red Peppers for the #SloppyJoes

5. Once the peppers soften you can add the diced celery, cook until tender, about 5-10 minutes.
Then some #Celery for the #SloppyJoes

6. Once the celery softens, add the mushrooms and cook until mushrooms are tender.
I love to add #Cremini #Mushrooms for the #SloppyJoes

7. Once the vegetables are cooked, add the hand-crushed plum tomatoes along with the tomato paste.
Then some hand crushed  plum #Tomatoes & Paste for the #SloppyJoes

8. Once simmering for about 10 minutes add the balsamic vinegar,  allow it come back to a simmer
A 1/4 cup or so of #Balsamic Vinegar for the #SloppyJoes

9. Simmer until it begins to bubble slightly then add the fresh basil and celery leaves (if available)
Some #Celery leaves and fresh #Basil for the #SloppyJoes

10. As it simmers add the bay leaves, oregano, sugar, salt and pepper.
A couple of bay leaves, #Oregano , sugar, salt and pepper for the #SloppyJoes

11. Let simmer for another 5-10 minutes or so before taste testing and adding additional chili powder, salt and/or pepper.

12. Finally, add fresh chopped flat-leaf parsley.
After some 'taste' adjustments, finish off with Flat Leaf #Parsley for the #SloppyJoes

13. Let simmer for a final 10-15 minutes.

Serve over crusty Italian bread or hamburger buns

Enjoy!

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Written by Zio James

December 10, 2014 at 2:34 PM

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