15-Minute Sloppy Joe’s

Ohhh Sloppy Joe’s. Is there any meal that reminds you more of the “good ole days” than sloppy joe’s? These days, it seems if you want to make “blog-worthy” food, it has to be something like caramelized shallot brie brown buttered organic fig crostini on farm raised blah blah blah. And don’t get me wrong, I like phoo phoo food (as my charming father calls it) too, but sometimes there’s just something so comforting about a classic.

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I remember as a kid, my dad implemented a “Barbarian Night” tradition for Friday nights…meaning we were only allowed to eat with our hands. No silverware. No napkins. Nothin’.

As a side note, yes. I am now aware of just how nuts my family really is.

It was AWESOME. I think it really only lasted a few weeks, and I’m pretty sure it was just his excuse to eat BBQ ribs once a week, but sloppy joes? These woulda worked too. And I would have loved every second. So maybe it’s time you implement a Barbarian Friday Night tradition at your house, because let’s be honest: these are the things your kids will grow up and remember twenty years down the road, not your phoo phoo fig crostini.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 – 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 15-ounce can tomato sauce (two 8-ounce cans are also fine)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried, ground sage
  • 2 tablespoons plain yellow mustard
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried minced onion
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch OR 3 tsp. flour

Instructions:

Brown the beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat. If your beef is extra lean, you may want to add a tablespoon of oil to keep it from sticking to the pan. Drain off any excess fat or oil, if needed. If you want to be like me, you can drain it into your dog’s food bowl for a treat. If you REALLY want to be like me, you may proceed to trip while carrying said bowl full of dog food and oil and dump it face down on your carpet. And if that’s not enough of being like me, you can then leave the food because your dog seems perfectly content to lick it off the carpet. Watch, and then laugh while she coughs up carpet fuzz-balls.

Return now-drained pan to skillet and add the remaining ingredients. Stir well and simmer over medium-low heat for about 10 minutes.

Serve with buns and shredded cheese.

Yields: 4-6 servings, depending how truly sloppy you get with these

Recipe from: Perry’s Plate

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