A Blast from the Past, Only Better! Sloppy Joes
|Sauce||2 Cup (32 tbs) (Sloppy Joe)|
|Ground beef/Ground veal and/or turkey||2 Pound (freshly ground beef chuck/ round /sirloin or a combination)|
|Freshly ground black pepper||To Taste|
|Hamburger buns||8 Large|
|Softened butter||1 Tablespoon|
|Olive oil||3 Tablespoon|
|Yellow onion||1 Cup (16 tbs), minced (packed)|
|Green bell pepper||1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), minced (seeded)|
|Red bell pepper||1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs), minced (seeded)|
|Celery||2 Tablespoon, minced|
|Garlic||6 Clove (30 gm), minced|
|Canned tomato puree||2 Cup (32 tbs)|
|Tomato paste||2 Tablespoon (rounded tablespoons)|
|Ketchup||1 Cup (16 tbs), prepared|
|Cider vinegar||2 Tablespoon|
|Molasses||1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs) (unsulphured)|
|Worcestershire sauce||2 Teaspoon|
|Extra virgin olive oil||1 Tablespoon|
|Button mushrooms/Chopped||1 Cup (16 tbs), cleaned (portobello mushroom caps only)|
|Ripe plum tomatoes/Drained and seeded canned plum tomatoes||1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs), coarsely chopped (peeled)|
|Dried oregano||1 Teaspoon, crumbled|
|Bouillon||1 Teaspoon (Better Than Bouillon - beef version)|
1) To start the sauce: Heat a 2 1/2-quart nonreactive saucepan over medium heat and, when hot, add the oil. When the oil is hot, stir in the onion, green and red pepper, celery and garlic. Cook until the vegetables are softened and fragrant, 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in the tomato puree, tomato paste, ketchup, vinegar, molasses and Worcestershire sauce. Bring the mixture to a simmer, reduce heat to very low and simmer with the cover ajar for 1 hour.
2) To sauté the mushrooms: Heat an 8-inch skillet over high heat and, when hot, add the olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the chopped mushrooms and cook, stirring frequently, until the mushrooms are golden, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside.
3) To finish the sauce: After the sauce has simmered 1 hour, add the sautéed mushrooms, chopped plum tomatoes, oregano, “Better Than Bouillon” seasoning and some freshly ground black pepper. Return to a simmer and cook with the cover ajar for 30 minutes more. If you plan on using the sauce right away, measure out as much as needed and let the remaining sauce cool. Freeze cooled sauce in tightly sealed containers.
The assembled Sloppy Joe mixture (including meat) is not only great on buns, it's fabulous over hot, lightly buttered pasta; toss in some cooked peas for a hearty and delicious meal. Alternatively, stir some into a bowl of freshly cooked rice. And, don't throw out any leftovers! Heat up the sauce on the next night and spoon it onto baked potatoes; If desired, sprinkle the tops lightly with grated Cheddar cheese and bake or broil until the cheese is melted and bubbling.