Sunday, November 6, 2011

Sloppy Joe's

Every other Saturday night at our house is burger night. Not just hamburgers, but black bean burgers, salmon burgers, ground turkey and ground chicken burgers..the list goes on.

While grocery shopping the other day, Emily mentioned that she missed eating Manwich and asked to have it placed on the menu. (Just in case you did not know it, Manwich is gluten free.) I have stopped serving manwich because of the large amount of modified cornstarch as well as high fructose corn syrup. Sarah Elizabeth is on a school trip for the week-end sailing on the Zodiac Schooner. We all know she is a vegetarian so I thought Saturday night would be a good time to make a mock manwich.    
How is this for a school trip?!

Can't you just taste that sweet tomato sauce on a glorious white bun? Oh I can! But this is reality and we no longer consume white bread (sniff, sniff) Udi does make a nice a hamburger bun. They are so big that we cut them in half and can make two buns. Udi buns are not in my budget for this month so tonight we ate naked sloppy Joe's. No one seemed to mind. I served sweet potato fries, frozen corn. Emily made Betty Crocker GF chocolate chips. If I do say so myself it was good dinner.

I hope this dish makes your menu rotation.
May your table always be bountiful~ blair

GF Sloppy Joe's

2 medium onions, diced
2 tbsp minced, garlic
1 green pepper, diced
2 tbsp oil, oil or canola
2 lbs of ground beef
3/4 C ketchup
4 tbsp GF BBQ sauce
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp salt
1/4 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 tbsp chili powder
1/8 tsp ground mustard
2 C water, separated

Place onion, garlic, green pepper in a cold skillet with oil. Simmer until the veggies are tender. Add ground beef and all spices, cooking until brown. As the meat cooks, break up into smaller pieces. Once meet is browned place into a strainer to remove as must grease as possible.
While meat is draining, add one cup of water to skillet allowing any brown bits to loosen from the skillet. After about 2 minutes add ketchup, BBQ sauce, and brown sugar. Simmer until brown sugar is dissolved. Add meat back to skillet coating with sauce. Once meat is completely coated add remaining cup of water. Simmer for 30-45 mins till liquid has become a nice thick sauce.

Joe's can be served on Udi buns or sandwich slices, corn chips topped with daiya cheese, or naked on the plate! Sweet potatoes or steak fries make a wonderful side. I had intended to serve a spinach and strawberry salad but the berries did not look to hot.

Note: 1/2 tsp of red pepper flakes will add an extra depth if you like it spicy.

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