Sunday, July 31, 2011

Sloppy Joe Sliders

Sloppy Joes are typically billed as "kid-friendly" food but, to my dismay, mine wouldn't eat them for years. What's not to love about ground beef, tomato sauce and white bread? With this batch, I managed to make a convert out of both kids.

In the past, I've made Sloppy Joes starting out with the recipe in The New Basics, then changing it so much as to make it unrecognizable. This time, I used a recipe from Simply Recipes that I adapted, but not so much that it is unrecognizable. I added grated zucchini to give it a veggie boost and use up some of the abundance. After you grate the zucchini, be sure to wrap in a paper or kitchen towel and squeeze out any excess fluid. I find that this works much better than draining it in a colander.
Sloppy Joe Sliders
  • 1 1/3 pounds ground beef (or turkey)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2/3 cup diced celery
  • 1/2 cup diced carrot
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini, squeezed to remove excess moisture
  • 1 tablespoon garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 table spoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Cholula hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme
  • 8 slider buns
  1. Brown the meat in a large skillet over medium high heat, using a spatula to break it up. When you are sure the meat is thoroughly browned, dump it in a colander to drain the extra fat.
  2. Wipe out the skillet, and heat the olive oil over medium heat. Saute the onions, celery and carrots until the vegetables soften, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the zucchini to the pan and saute until any moisture has cooked off, then add the garlic and continue to cook for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Dump the meat back into the pan, add the salt and pepper, and stir to combine. Then, add the ketchup, tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, red wine vinegar, brown sugar, hot sauce and thyme. Stir to combine.
  5. Stir in 1/2 cup water and simmer on low heat for 20-30 minutes.
  6. Adjust seasonings to taste.
  7. Toast the slider buns and top each bottom bun with the meat.
Yield: 4 servings Prep time: 30 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes

The sliders are so much easier to eat than a Sloppy Joe on a regular hamburger bun! The kids and I enjoyed ours with sweet potato fries on the side. You could add broccoli-apple slaw or a broccoli salad if you wanted some crunch and even more vegetables with your meal.

This is a great do-ahead dish -- the leftovers are just as delish. I suspect it would freeze very well too.

This post is linked up over at 33 Shades of Green's Tasty Tuesdays blog hop and These Chicks Cooked.


Cynthia said...

Those look really good! A few years back I made sloppy joes in the crock pot for my husband who loved them as a boy. The kids, who had never had them, thought they were going to get BBQ pork sandwiches and didn't really "get" them. I will have to try them again!

Katie @ This Chick Cooks said...

Yum! I like your grown up take on sloppy joes! They look so good. I'd love for you to come by and show them off tomorrow at These Chicks Cooked Recipe Spotlight. Hope you have a blessed day!

Lynn said...

Maybe both the sloppy joes and the kids are both a little more grown-up? Good luck with yours Cynthia -- I can see that kind of thing happening at my house as well.

sheryl said...

What a GREAT recipe! I'd like to invite you over to Lady Behind The Curtain for my link party "Cast Party Wednesday" to share this and more of your recipes.
I hope to see you there!

Guinnah said...

I really liked sloppy joe's when I was a kid though it wasn't something we ever had for dinner. More something we could manage to cook on our own (and you know I'm talking about Manwich ;-)) I'm sure I could use the veggie "ground beef" in this - made veggie meatloaf last night and the one meat eater in the family claimed it did actually taste like meatloaf.

Linda said...

I was looking for a recipe to try for this very thing to make for fall dinners at my church, and this one looks delish!

Lynn said...

Linda- this dish would be perfect for feeding a crowd -- plop it on a bun, veggies included, doesn't get much better than that!

Sarah E. said...

These sound so amazing! And I love that they have some veggies in them :)

Katie @ This Chick Cooks said...

I'm showcasing these tomorrow at the spotlight. Thanks for sharing! :)

Lynn said...

Thanks so much!