Sloppy Joes

I remember hearing the term sloppy joe when in was roughly 7-8. I was watching at the time my favorite Adam Sandler movie “Billy Madison”. The lunch lady came over and threw an “Extra sloppy joe” onto the plate and cackled manically. Ever since that special day I’ve been a sloppy joe fiend.

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Ingredients & Instructions

Sloppy Joes

  • 1 lb. ground chuck (80/20)
  • 1 onion (small diced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (thin slice)
  • 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
  • salt and pepper (to taste)

Start with a non-stick pan, with enough oil to coat the bottom of the pan. Add garlic to pan and toast until golden brown. Add onions to cool the pan down and prevent the garlic for becoming bitter. Sweat down onions and add ground chuck. Cook until brown, do not drain. Add all ingredients except butter and cook for 4-5 mins. 

Turn off the heat and add the butter. Mix until everything in the pan tightens up. Serve on bread with American cheese. (Optional to do this but it’s a great way to eat a sandwich.)

Enjoy with onion rings or French fries.

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Beer Battered Onion Rings

  • 2 Large Onions (sliced in rings)
  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 2 Eggs
  • 4 Tablespoon Corn Starch
  • 2 Tablespoons Baking Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Salt
  • 2 teaspoons Black Pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Garlic Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Onion Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Smoked Paprika
  • 1 1/2 Bottles of Beer (Flat Tire)

Start by slicing the onions into rings. Next incorporate all of the ingredients and whisk still smooth. You want to have the batter thick enough to coat all of the onion ring. if it is too thin add a tablespoon of flour, if its to thin add a tablespoon of beer until thickened.

The bread I used for this one was a potato bread I made. I got it off the king arthur flour (my favorite flour to use for baking) website. It was for sure a crowd pleaser and something i’ll be doing at least once a month to really master potato bread.

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