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    "Better Than a Can" Homemade Sloppy Joes

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    ForeverMama's Note:

    I've had this recipe for many years and I used to make it on a regular basis when I was a newly-wed and made it often for the kids when they were itty bitty. It is a great recipe and one well worth making from scratch. Due to a crazy work and life schedule, I weened off of making it but I'm placing it back on my repertoire. I originally got this recipe from an old foodnetwork show called "Chef DuJour" where a different chef was featured daily. This particular day, Lauren Groveman was the chef who presented this recipe.

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    Directions:

    1. 1
      To start the sauce: Heat a 2 1/2-quart nonreactive saucepan over medium heat and, when hot, add the oil.
    2. 2
      When the oil is hot, stir in the onion, green and red pepper, celery and garlic. Cook until the vegetables are softened and fragrant, 4 to 5 minutes.
    3. 3
      Stir in the tomato puree, tomato paste, ketchup, vinegar, molasses and Worcestershire sauce. Bring the mixture to a simmer, reduce heat to very low and simmer with the cover ajar for 1 hour.
    4. 4
      To sauté the mushrooms: Heat an 8 - 10 inch skillet over high heat and, when hot, add the olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the chopped mushrooms and cook, stirring frequently, until the mushrooms are golden, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside.
    5. 5
      To finish the sauce: After the sauce has simmered 1 hour, add the sautéed mushrooms, chopped plum tomatoes, oregano, “Better Than Bouillon” seasoning and some freshly ground black pepper. Return to a simmer and cook with the cover ajar for 30 minutes more. (Refer to Note below).
    6. 6
      To brown ground meat: Heat a 10-inch non-reactive deep-sided skillet over medium heat. When hot, add the ground meat and break it up with a wooden spatula. Cook the meat until separated and no longer pink, about 4 minutes. Then remove from the stove and drain out any excess fat from skillet. Return skillet to the stove, over low heat. Stir in the sauce and bring the mixture to a gentle simmer, uncovered. Cook gently until the flavors mingle and the mixture is piping hot throughout, about 10 minutes. Add some more freshly ground black pepper and serve immediately.
    7. 7
      To assemble Sloppy Joes and serve: While the sauce is simmering, open the hamburger buns and spread both opened sides lightly with butter. Lay the buns, buttered sides up, on a shallow baking sheet. Broil the buns until the buttered sides are nicely toasted. Spoon the ground beef mixture lavishly over buns and serve hot.
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      NOTE: If serving for 8 [could serve 10 for skimpier sandwiches], you will need 2 cups of sauce and 2 lbs of ground beef. If serving 4, you will need 1 cup of sauce and 1 lb. of ground beef. The remaining sauce can be frozen for later use and ease. Freeze cooled sauce in tightly sealed containers.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on April 13, 2014

      55

      Loved this served over Ciabatta bread. Had to make two changes because of what I had on hand. 1 Jalapeño for the green pepper and Rotel for the plum tomatoes. Loved it with baked fries.

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    • on April 08, 2014

      55

      Delicious! Even though I didn't have a full 1 1/2 hour to cook the sauce down, it was still great!

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    Nutritional Facts for "Better Than a Can" Homemade Sloppy Joes

    Serving Size: 1 (194 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 291.5
     
    Calories from Fat 81
    27%
    Total Fat 9.0 g
    13%
    Saturated Fat 1.4 g
    7%
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    0%
    Sodium 614.3 mg
    25%
    Total Carbohydrate 48.4 g
    16%
    Dietary Fiber 3.5 g
    14%
    Sugars 21.4 g
    85%
    Protein 6.8 g
    13%

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