Monday, August 30, 2010

Dinner Week #2 Skinny Joes

We just call them Skinny because we use ground turkey instead of beef but you could use either. It's strange, Sloppy Joes is a very common kid-friendly dish but I had never made them nor thought of them until I came across the recipe in The Best 30-Minute Recipe. They just sounded good so I gave them a try.

Ed and I love them. But the kicker is, SO DOES GINGER. And it is a miracle and a delight to see her get excited about anything besides Jello. She even wants the leftovers for lunch the next day. Unprecedented! Hazel, our eat-anything-girl, for some reason does not care for these but once in awhile that's just tough. She can eat the bun.

Skinny Joes
2 T vegetable oil
1 onion, minced
1/2 tsp chili powder
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 lb. ground turkey or lean ground beef (if my turkey comes in a 20 oz. package I use the whole thing)
1 cup tomator puree (I use tomato sauce)
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup water
1 tsp brown sugar
Tabasco sauce
Hamburger buns (I like Arnold's whole wheat sandwich rolls)

1. Saute Aromatics: Heat oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Add onion, chili powder and 1/2 tsp salt and cook until onion is softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic, and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

2. Cook Meat: Add turkey/beef and cook, breaking up meat with a wooden spoon, until almost cooked through, but still slightly pink, about 3 minutes.

3. Simmer Sauce: Stir in tomato puree, ketchup, water, brown sugar and 1/4 tsp Tabasco. Simmer until sauce is slightly thicker than ketchup, 8 to 10 minutes.

4. Season and Assemble: Season with salt and Tabasco to taste. Spoon meat mixture onto hamburger buns and serve. Makes about 4 servings but 5 or 6 if you use a little more meat.

Serve with: pickles, your favorite chips, and strawberry-kiwi-banana fruit salad


Carol Younce said...

We like sloppy joes too and sometimes for the sauce I use tomato sauce with some ketchup, and a big blob of barbecue sauce.

tona said...

I like to add a green bell pepper, diced small - and my secret ingredients in the sauce, if you have them on hand, are: dry mustard powder (about 1 tsp) and a generous splash of Worcestershire sauce. Mmm!

Jenifuz said...

We make Sloppy Janes from the Desperation Dinner's cookbook! LOVE that book! Everything can be made in under 30 min and almost everything I've tried has been good! Thanks for sharing the recipes!!

Shells said...

We haven't tried this because I have never liked sloppy joes, but maybe I should give them a try - for the kids and Dave at least. Also, we LOVE the Best 30 minute recipe cookbook. In fact, we are making their skillet shepherd's pie tomorrow, it is one of our go to recipes for our family. They serve Shepherd's pie a lot at school here in England, and the kids love it.

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