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And there ya have it... #SloppyJoes

Sloppy Joes
by James Belardo

One of the only meals I enjoyed that my public school offered for lunch was Sloppy Joes. I rarely ate lunch in grade school as I mostly 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.

1 – 2 lb lean or regular ground beef
1 can 28 oz plum tomatoes (preferably San Marzano), crushed by hand (you can use a potato masher)
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 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)

1. Using medium heat in a large pan or dutch oven, preheat olive oil and bacon fat (optional) and first saute the onions until just turning translucent. Once the onions show signs of translucence, add the garlic and let cook until it begins to turn brown. It should take about 5 minutes or so.
#Sauté #Onions & #Garlic in #OliveOil & #BaconFat for the #SloppyJoes
2. Once the onions and garlic are cooked enough add the ground beef, mix well.
Once onions begin to become translucent, throw in the ground #Beef for the #SloppyJoes
3. When the ground beef is browned 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. Add the peppers (green and red), cook for another 5 or 10 minutes or until the peppers begin to soften.
Some Green and Red Peppers for the #SloppyJoes
5. Add the diced celery and cook until tender, about 5-10 minutes.
Then some #Celery for the #SloppyJoes
6. 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 and tomato paste.
Then some hand crushed  plum #Tomatoes & Paste for the #SloppyJoes
8. Once simmering for about 10 minutes add the balsamic vinegar. Let come to 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


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Written by Zio James

December 10, 2014 at 2:34 PM

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