Monday, December 19, 2011

Skinny Sloppy Joes

To continue my experiment with recipes, I have decided to make some sloppy joes. This is a pretty straightforward recipe that doesn't take much time to prep or cook. I decided to make fries with it because they're good.

Skinny Sloppy Joes
(from here)

1.25 lbs ground turkey (or lean ground beef)
1 tbsp steak seasoning or seasoned salt
1 carrot, minced
1 medium onion, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup red bell pepper, minced
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 can (15oz) tomato sauce
2 tbsp tomato paste


Begin by prepping the carrot, onion, garlic and red bell pepper.

If you have a food processor, pulse them 20-30 times to get them really finely chopped. If not, just mince them as small as you can/want.

Put a pan over high heat and add the turkey and seasoning. No extra oil needed.

Cook until no longer pink and add the veggies. Cook for 2-3 minutes.

Drop the heat to medium.

Add 1 tablespoon each of red wine vinegar and Worcestershire sauce.

Stir to combine and cook for 5 minutes.

Add the can of tomato sauce and 2 tablespoons of tomato paste.

Stir to combine.

Drop the heat to maintain light bubbling.

Let simmer for 10 minutes or so.

I let mine go until it thickened up a quite a bit. Maybe 20 minutes at the most. (I was waiting on fries in the oven).

Adjust salt and pepper to taste.

I served 1/3 cup on each bun.

These were good little sandwiches. The mixture tasted surprisingly fresh. Much better than the heavy, saucy, canned variety. The red wine vinegar added some brightness to the meat and I found it very satisfying even though there was virtually no fat in the mix.


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