- I used 80/20 beef and drained the excess oil/water out before proceeding with the recipe below.
- Two of my kids are not big fans of bell peppers so I substituted grated carrots instead (and they had no idea that it was in the recipe).
- I also reduced the Montreal Steak seasoning to 1 1/2 teaspoons so it wouldn't be too spicy for my kids.
- I did not have tomato sauce so I subbed 3/4 cup natural ketchup (no added sugar) and 1 1/4 cup basic/simple marinara sauce.
|Can't see the grated carrots, can you? Neither could my kids;)|
Homemade Sloppy Joes
Recipe courtesy of Food Network - Rachel Ray
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/4 pounds ground beef sirloin
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons to 1 tablespoon steak seasoning blend (i.e. Montreal Steak Seasoning)
1 medium onion, chopped
1 small red bell pepper, chopped (I used grated carrots but you can add whatever veggies your kids like)
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 cups tomato sauce
2 tablespoons tomato paste
4 crusty rolls, split, toasted, and lightly buttered (I used the Trader Joe's Whole Wheat Hamburger Rolls)
Garnish: sliced ripe tomatoes, pickles
Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add oil and meat to the pan. Spread the meat around the pan and begin to break it up. Combine brown sugar and steak seasoning. Add sugar and spice mixture to the skillet and combine. When the meat has browned, add onion and red peppers to the skillet. Reduce heat to medium and cook onions, peppers, red wine vinegar and Worcestershire sauce with meat for 5 minutes. Add tomato sauce and paste to pan. Stir to combine. Reduce heat to simmer and cook Sloppy Joe mixture 5 minutes longer. Using a large spoon or ice cream scoop, pile sloppy meat onto toasted, buttered bun bottoms and cover with bun tops. Serve with your favorite sides or sliced tomatoes seasoned with salt and pepper, dill pickles and Deviled Potato Salad. Have plenty of napkins on hand!
Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/rachael-ray/super-sloppy-joes-recipe/index.html?oc=linkback