Ahh, sloppy joes or “manwich” as we used to say growing up, are one of my favorite comfort foods! People either love or hate them, thankfully, I love them. It’s one of those meals that brings me back to childhood. We had them as regularly as spaghetti and it’s one of the few things I need a slice of American “cheese” for! One night, while having the what’s for dinner conversation, I realized we had no manwich for sloppy joes. Whaaattt??? Thankfully, a quick internet search and some intuition, provided me with the basic ingredients that I made my own. Mine are with turkey because I don’t eat beef, but you are welcome to switch out with what you like. An easy weeknight meal with little effort!
Here’s the recipe:
1 lb of ground turkey breast
1 red bell pepper, diced ( I love red bell pepper! It is supreme…)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 c. water ( sometimes I add a little more if it doesn’t appear saucy enough)
1 1/2 c. ketchup, sometimes more-again, it must be saucy ( I am the substitution queen, so I have used tomato sauce before, but I don’t recommend it..just not the same)
1-2 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp mustard powder
1/2-1 tsp chile powder (depending on how much heat you like!)
1 tbsp brown sugar
salt and pepper to taste
- Saute turkey in olive oil until no longer pink, usually 10 minutes or so and set aside.
- Using the same pan, add additional olive oil, sauté bell pepper (around 3-4 minutes), add garlic (another minute)
- Deglaze pan with water and add back the ground turkey. Add ketchup, worstershire, mustard powder, chile powder, brown sugar.
- Simmer until the flavors have had time to mingle, like 10 minutes or so. Taste and add salt and pepper if needed.
Best enjoyed on regular slice bread with a piece of Kraft singles cheese! Lol