KO Sloppy Joes!

It's a really messy hamburger, so who can resist a delicious chance to be sloppy?

By FamilyTime


Whoever first concocted a sloppy Joe sure created a world champion! These winning sandwiches are hearty comfort food, welcome any time of year. We love them in the summer over grilled hamburger buns and eaten outdoors, but they are equally yummy in the winter, spring or fall.

Anytime of year, they are a knock out!

The Sloppy Joe
Sloppy Joes are made by browning fresh ground beef until cooked through. At this point you can drain the fat, or not, depending on how much has escaped from the meat. Next, add chopped onions and peppers, tomato sauce, and ketchup, and then serve the mixture over toasted buns.

We dress our Joes up with a little brown sugar and garlic powder, and suggest giving them a one-two punch with Tabasco - -but that's your call!

Traditional sloppy Joes are served warm on a soft hamburger bun; you can choose to top the hot mixture with grated cheese. Why not?

An Untraditional Joe
Nothing says you must stick with the traditional; a foray into the untraditional yields tasty treats. For example, for a leaner meal, consider using ground turkey breast or ground pork instead of ground beef.

For a Texas-style Joe, mix barbecue sauce with the tomato sauce instead of ketchup. For a Mexican José, add chili spices, hot pepper sauce, and a little salsa to the original recipe. Top the sandwich with grated Monterey Jack cheese.

Buns, Tortillas, Bread - or Not
Sloppy Joes are spooned over toasted buns but these don't have to be run-of-the-mill hamburger buns. Try soft Portuguese rolls, hard rolls, halved baguettes, or flour tortillas.

If you're in the mood, serve the joes without the bread. Spoon them on the plate and add a green salad or sliced raw veggies for a well-rounded meal.

Kids Love to Make Sloppy Joes
Kids old enough to work at the stove, can make sloppy Joes. They are good training for budding home cooks who will learn to measure and chop as well as time a meal so that it's ready when the buns are toasted.

Sloppy Joes are forgiving. A little too much of an ingredient or a little more time at the stove than specified in the recipe won't harm them. It's important to cook the meat so that it's cooked (and this is even more important if using ground turkey or pork). Otherwise, a little more ketchup, a little less onion - who cares?

Piping hot sloppy Joes, straight from the skillet and spooned over lightly toasted buns or rolls is always a hit with kids and the rest of the family. The messier the better!

Don't forget the napkins!