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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Sloppy Joe's

My husband and I have been talking about Sloppy Joe's for months now.  After reading recipe after recipe, I have found that each recipe has basically the same ingredients just different amounts.  So here's my version.

Start out chopping the onion, garlic and green pepper.

 Brown the hamburger and remove all the excess grease.  Add chopped onion, green pepper and garlic.

I just had to make my home made hamburger buns.

They turned out perfect.  Instead of making twelve, I made eight "man sized" buns.

Took the last picture in a hurry.... couldn't wait to taste.


1 1/2 pounds extra lean ground beef
1/2 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 green pepper, diced
1 cup water
3/4 cup ketchup
1 dash Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 1/2 teaspoons salt, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
cayenne pepper to taste (optional)
**I also added canned tomato sauce for additional color.

1. Place ground beef and onion in a large skillet. Turn heat to medium and cook and stir the mixture constantly until the beef is browned and forms small crumbles, about 10 minutes.
2. Stir in garlic and green bell pepper; cook and stir until softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Add 1 cup water and stir, scraping the pan to dissolve any brown flavor bits from the bottom of the skillet.
3. Mix in ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, Dijon mustard, salt, and black pepper. Add 1 more cup water and return mixture to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the liquid has evaporated and the mixture is thick, about 40 minutes.
4. Season with salt , black pepper, and cayenne pepper to taste.

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