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