My mom adventures in Fort Collins


Kitchen success: Good ol’ sloppy joes

Just stop and recall from your memory the lyrics to Adam Sandler’s Lunch Lady Land…

Do you have it stuck in your head yet?

I found this great recipe for Sloppy Joe’s on thekitchn.com over here, and I have tried it with and without the “secret ingredient” (okay, okay, it’s mushrooms). Though I very much enjoy the mushrooms, not all kids do. To ensure that the sauce is saucy enough, if you forego the mushrooms you may want to add another can of tomato sauce or a bit of water (and adjust your seasonings accordingly).

Start by browning 1 lb. of ground beef (more is nice if you opt not to include the mushrooms)

Start by browning 1 lb. of ground beef (more is nice if you opt not to include the mushrooms), and remove from the pan to drain on paper towels

Onions and celery to start, a "standard" beginning

An onion and two celery stalks to start, a “standard” beginning

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Add a 10 oz package of mushrooms.The mushrooms do add an interesting element–this is not your standard Sloppy Joes recipe after all!

Add two cloves of minced garlic. Return the ground beef to the pan and add a 8 oz. can of tomato sauce, 1/4 cup of ketchup, 1 Tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce, 1 Tablespoon of sugar and salt and pepper to taste. Let the meat and sauce mixture simmer for 15-20 minutes to let the flavors meld, but check to make sure you have enough sauce and adjust accordingly. (I learned the hard way that the mushroom-less mixture doesn’t have enough liquid, and wound up with a pound of burnt sloppy joe’s.) Alternatively, you could always do this part in your slow cooker and allow the mixture to cook on low for an hour or two.

You collaborating partners: ketchup, tomato sauce, worchestershire sauce, apple cider vinegar, sugar

You collaborating partners: ketchup, tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, apple cider vinegar, sugar

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The finished product: saucy, savory, delicious Sloppy Joe’s

And the best part? This makes the perfect freezer meal. They also travel very well in ziplock bags over to a friend’s house (think: new baby, recent surgery, big move, etc.).

Put the meat mixture in a freezer bag and freeze flat, then deliver to a friend along with hamburger buns

Put the meat mixture in a freezer bag and freeze flat, then deliver to a friend along with hamburger buns

Sometimes comfort food is the perfect food!

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