Sloppy Joes Easy to Make, Over-the-Top Delicious!
Sloppy Joes are one of those rare dishes loved by both young and old alike. And for good reason – they’re easy to make, over-the-top delicious, and can be customized to suit any taste. Whether you like them on a bun or plain, spicy, or mild, there’s no wrong way to enjoy a Sloppy Joe. So if you’re looking for a quick and easy meal everyone will love, you are going to love this recipe!
Sloppy Joes are the perfect comfort food. They’re hearty, filling, and best of all, easy to make. Whether you’re feeding a group of hungry kids or looking for a quick weeknight dinner, sloppy joes are always a hit. And there’s no need to be shy with the toppings – sloppy joes are meant to be messy! Serve them on a soft bun and enjoy every bite. They’re over-the-top delicious and also perfect for parties or picnics because they travel well and are always a big hit.
So Where Did Sloppy Joes Originate?
Sloppy Joes are a delicious treat that has been enjoyed by generations of Americans. But where did Sloppy Joes come from? Well, nobody knows for sure. The exact origin of Sloppy Joes is disputed, but there are a few contenders for the title. Some believe the Sloppy Joe has its origins in the Midwest, where it was created by a cook named Joe who worked at a diner in Sioux City, Iowa as a way to stretch the meat ration. Joe’s sandwich quickly became a local favorite, and soon other restaurants in the area began offering their own version of Sloppy Joes.
Others claim the best Sloppy Joe recipe actually has its origins in Cuba, where it was known as the ‘ Americano.’ This early version of the sandwich consisted of ground beef, onions, tomatoes, and a spicy sauce, all served on a soft roll. It was popular with American tourists visiting Cuba in the early 20th century and eventually made its way back to the States. In the 1930s, Sloppy Joes became a staple on lunch menus across America. Today, there are endless variations on the classic sandwich, but the basic ingredients remain the same: ground beef, tomatoes, onions, and a sweet-and-spicy sauce. Whichever story is true, one thing is certain: Sloppy Joes are a delicious way to enjoy ground beef.
No matter its origins today, Sloppy Joes are enjoyed by people of all ages. With endless possible variations, there’s no wrong way to enjoy this truly American classic.
Can Sloppy Joes be Made in Advance?
While Sloppy Joes are typically made fresh, it is possible to make them in advance. One way to do this is to cook the beef and sauce together, then refrigerate or freeze the mixture until it is needed. When you’re ready to eat, simply thaw the mixture and reheat it on the stove or in the microwave. Another option is to make the sauce in advance and keep it in the fridge or freezer; when you’re ready to eat, simply cook the beef and mix it with the sauce. Either way, sloppy joes can be a convenient meal when you’re short on time.
What’s the Best Way to Store Sloppy Joes?
If you’re looking for the best way to store your Sloppy Joes, there are a few things you’ll need to keep in mind. First, Sloppy Joes can be stored in the fridge for up to four days. If you plan on freezing them, they’ll last for two months or more.
Either way, it is best to be sure to store them in airtight containers. When freezing consider portioning them out into your preferred serving size in freezer-safe plastic bags, and squeeze out as much air as possible before sealing them. This way you can pull out only the amount you need, as well as help prevent freezer burn.
When it comes to reheating, the microwave is usually your best bet. Simply heat on high for a couple of minutes after thawing, or until the sloppy joe meat is hot all the way through. Of course, you can always enjoy your Sloppy Joes right out of the fridge – no heating required!
What Side Dishes Go Well With Sloppy Joes?
A Sloppy Joe is essentially a deconstructed hamburger on a bun, and as such, it goes well with all the traditional hamburger sides. Of course , you can’t go wrong and get any easier than serving them with a side of potato chips. But for a healthier option, a simple green salad with delicious vinaigrette dressing is always a good choice, or you could go for something heartier, like French fries or sweet potato fries. Potato Salad is another popular option, and it’s especially good when served at parties or at a picnic.
If you’re looking for something different, try pairing your Sloppy Joes with roasted Brussels Sprouts, Asparagus Tips, or Green Beans. And of course, no meal is complete without a delicious dessert. Melting Chocolate Lava Cake is always big hit!
Easy Sloppy Joe Recipe - That's Not So Sloppy!
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- 2 to 4 Brioche Buns
- ¼ pounds Bacon slices cut into ¼ inch pieces
- 2 cups Onion finely diced
- 1 pound 80/20 Ground Beef
- ¼ cup finely Parsley chopped
- 1 Red Bell Pepper cut into small dice
- 2 to 3 tablespoons Harissa Hot Sauce
- 1 cup Tomato Sauce
- 1 dash of Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 dash Umami Sauce (optional)
- 1 teaspoon Brown Sugar
- 1 cup Cheddar Cheese finely shredded
Makes 2 to 4 servings
- In a large frying pan, heat the bacon slowly to let it release its fat. When the fat has melted, add the onion and sauté until light golden brown. Add the ground beef and sauté it until you see some golden brown caramelization on the meat.
- Add the pepper, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, Umami, Harissa, garlic and tomatoes sauce cover and cook for 5 minutes. Add the parsley and the cheese at the last minute.