Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Manwich Recipe: Bold Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joe's were made famous by the Manwich brand in 1969 (slang for massive sandwich). It was American's fascination with the TV dinner and quickly made meals that led to this variation of traditional southern beef barbecue.

As a product of the eighties, I grew up with a basic Sloppy Joe on a  bun. It was adequate then, but when Con Agra developed the Bold version marketed towards more mature tastes, I found a new way of enjoying a childhood tradition. Unfortunately, where I live, my local grocer has refused to carry the Bold version. Considering Sloppy Joes are basically a combination of mustard and ketchup mixed together, I wondered if I could create my own. What resulted was simply the best Sloppy Joe recipe I have ever tasted. It has none of the preservatives and all of the taste.

Ingredients (for 1 lb of ground beef or turkey):
1 cup ketchup
1 Tbsp. French's mustard
2 teaspoons Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce
1/2 onion
1/2 garlic
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
Optionally:
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/3 cup chopped red and green pepper
Toppings that are also recommended:
French's Fried Onions
Tomato slices
Cheddar cheese slices.
Oh yeah, don't forget...
Hamburger buns

Method:
  1. Grill onions and peppers in pan with ground beef.
  2. Drain fat, return to pain.
  3. Add ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire Sauce and seasonings.
  4. Simmer on low heat for ten minutes.
  5. Place a scoop of Sloppy Joe mix on bun adding French's fried onions, a slice of tomato, and cheddar cheese.