I’ve had this craving for Sloppy Joe’s lately.
Sloppy Joes and tater tots to be exact. It’s like a childhood favorite meal of mine. Since I have read books like “Skinny Bitch” and several others, I have been particularly weary of processed foods. I know sometimes if you want something quick you can’t avoid them. I try to make everything from scratch as much as possible and Sloppy Joe is no exception to that.
Two of my favorite male celebrity chefs are Michael Simon and Guy Fieri. Their laughs are contagious and their recipes are divine. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I love “man food”. Meaning food that is easy, comforting, and usually unhealthy. Rachel Ray is a big fan of man food also. Therefore, it is only right that I make what I have craved (Sloppy Joes), from the man chef of my dreams (Guy Fieri).
I have one thing to say about this recipe….IT IS THE BEST SLOPPY JOES THAT I HAVE EVER TASTED IN MY LIFE!!! OMG! The Crunch from the onion rings, to the rich and savoriness of the Sloppy Joe mixture, and the sweetness of the Hawaiian roll is pure bliss. YOU MUST USE THE HAWAIIAN ROLLS! I am not even kidding this recipe is wonderful! It is the best thing ever. And, it makes a lot so you can freeze it if you don’t eat it all. Just writing this blog is making my mouth water. If you don’t try anything else that I suggest to you, please try this recipe. I promise you won’t regret it. I made some minor alterations to this recipe but I did put the original ingredients in parentheses.
Recipe adapted from Guy Fieri.
- FOR THE SLOPPY JOES:
- ¼ cups Canola Oil
- ½ Roasted Red Bell Pepper, Diced
- ½ Green Bell Pepper, Diced
- ½ Red Onion, Diced
- 1 pound Ground Angus Beef
- 1 pound Italian Sausage
- 2 Tablespoons Minced Garlic
- ¼ cups Red Wine
- ¼ cups Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 Tablespoon Jalapeno Peppers, Diced
- 1 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
- 1 Tablespoon Paprika
- 1 teaspoon Ground Cumin
- 1 teaspoon Dry Mustard Powder
- ¾ cups Tomato Paste
- 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar, Packed
- ½ cups Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 teaspoon Hot Sauce, Optional
- 1 teaspoon Liquid Smoke (optional)
- Salt And Pepper, to taste
- 8 whole Hawaiian Buns
- FOR THE ONION RINGS:
- 1 quart Canola Oil
- 2 whole Eggs
- 1 cup Milk
- 2 cups Flour
- 2 teaspoons Cayenne Pepper
- 2 teaspoons Paprika
- 2 teaspoons Garlic Powder
- 2 Tablespoons Salt
- 3 cups Vidalia Onions Or Another Sweet Onion Cut Into Half Moons Or Rings
- For the Sloppy Joes:
- In a large skillet over medium high heat, heat the oil. Add the peppers and onions and cook for 5 minutes or until softened.
- Add the beef and Italian sausage and cook thoroughly. Break up the meat while cooking. One the meat is complete, add the garlic and stir. I did not drain the grease but if there is a lot of grease, go ahead and drain some of that excess grease out.
- Stir in the wine and the remaining ingredients (except the rolls). Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes, until mixture thickens. I would allow it to simmer as long as possible. The longer the better.
- Serve on rolls with onion rings/straws.
- For the onion rings/straws:
- In a medium heavy-bottomed pot, heat the oil to 350ºF.
- Whisk together the eggs and milk in a medium bowl. Mix the flour, cayenne, paprika, garlic powder, and salt in another.
- I cut the onions as rings but you can cut them as half-moons. Soak the onions slices in the egg-milk mixture for 10 minutes. Shake off the excess liquid and dredge them in the flour. Add them to the oil and cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Remove and turn to paper towels. Repeat with the remaining onion slices.