Sloppy Joe Grilled Cheese

"Two childhood favorites are mashed together to give you a fun and delicious grilled cheese."
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  • Set a large skillet over medium-high heat with the olive oil. Once hot, add the ground sirloin and begin breaking it up with a wooden spoon. Cook until crispy and no longer pink, about 10 minutes. Add the onion, bell pepper and garlic and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the ketchup, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, salt, pepper, cayenne, and chicken stock. Bring to a simmer and cook until the sauce has thickened and almost evaporated completely, about 2-3 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool.
  • To assemble the sandwiches, lay out 4 bread slices in a single layer. Brush the bread with 3 tablespoons of the softened butter, then turn the bread over. Top each bread slice with 1/4 cup shredded cheese. Spoon the Sloppy Joe mixture on top of the cheese. Top with remaining cheese and top each with a slice of bread. Brush with remaining butter.
  • Heat a skillet or griddle over moderate heat. Working in batches, cook sandwiches until bread is crisp and golden and the cheese has melted, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a cutting board and cook the remaining sandwiches.
  • To serve, cut each sandwich in half and skewer with a few pickle slices on top.
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"Jonathan Melendez is a passionate author, food photographer, cook, baker, and recipe developer whose blog, The Candid Appetite, has appeared prominently on such sites as, BonAppetite, People, Cosmopolitan, The Kitchn, Today, The Cooking Channel, Food52 and Joy the Baker. He has created and photographed recipes for Idaho Potato Commission, Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, American Butter Institute and Jones Dairy Farm, to name a few. He lives in Los Angeles, CA."

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  1. Pop Leibel
    Genius idea. The two ideas become one. I'm doing the Zen thing right now, although you can't see me.
  2. rugrl18
    Made exactly as stated except I put in a panini press instead of grilling. Delicious!
  3. Kharmakaye
    Haven't made it yet, but what a great idea! I will be trying this very soon, reading the recipe has made me hungry so very soon is probably tonight! Thanks!
  4. Jonathan Melendez
    Sloppy Joe Grilled Cheese Created by Jonathan Melendez
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    Sloppy Joe Grilled Cheese Created by Jonathan Melendez

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