Friday, May 25, 2012

Sloppy Joes and a Peachy Dessert

I've always considered sloppy joes to be kid food and since I don't have kids, I've never made it. Until now. My hubby gave me Pioneer Woman's latest cookbook for our anniversary and the sloppy joes recipe looked too good not to make right away. It was as good as I hoped it would be. My only regret is I halved the recipe since it's just the two of us and there was only a spoonful of leftovers.

I love love love dill pickles as you can see. Plus who doesn't love a good tater tot?

Sloppy Joes
by Ree Drummond


■2 Tablespoons Butter

■2-1/2 pounds Ground Beef

■1/2 whole Large Onion, Diced

■1 whole Large Green Bell Pepper, Diced

■5 cloves Garlic, Minced

■1-1/2 cup Ketchup

■1 cup Water

■2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar

■2 teaspoons Chili Powder (more To Taste)

■1 teaspoon Dry Mustard

■1/2 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes (more To Taste)

■Worcestershire Sauce, To Taste

■2 Tablespoons Tomato Paste (optional)

■Tabasco Sauce (optional; To Taste)

■Salt To Taste

■Freshly Ground Black Pepper, To Taste

■Kaiser Rolls


Preparation Instructions

Add butter to a large skillet or dutch oven over medium high heat. Add ground beef and cook until brown. Drain most of the fat and discard.
Add onions, green pepper, and garlic. Cook for a few minutes, or until vegetables begin to get soft.
Add ketchup, brown sugar, chili pepper, dry mustard, and water. Stir to combine and simmer for 15 minutes, adding salt and pepper to taste. Also add tomato paste, Worcestershire, and Tabasco if desired. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.

And on to dessert, but first a note about the movie we watched while eating all this deliciousness.... Has anyone else seen Drive with Ryan Gosling? What did you think? It definitely wasn't what I was expecting. Way too brutal for me and he didn't take his shirt off once. *sigh*

This is one of the quickest dessert when you're craving something sweet but don't want to take the time to bake. All the ingredients are from Trader Joes- vanilla ice cream, a jar of peaches that I diced and graham crackers. I swear, they make the BEST graham crackers. You must try them.

It's Friday and the start of a 3-day weekend. Do you have any fun plans?


  1. I love sloppy joes! This looks yummy! Have a great holiday weekend!

  2. Yum! These look great!! I love the PW's new book too!

  3. YUM! That meal made me so hungry. I need to try her recipe for Sloppy Joes.

  4. Yum! Looks like the perfect comfort food. I seem to have most of the ingredients on hand too! I'm just hanging out with the dog and hubby and enjoying the nice weekend! I hope you are having a good one!