Thursday, August 16, 2007

Spicy Sloppy Joe Burger

There are days when I feel like the short-order cook of the family. Today was one of those days. Some wanted salmon burgers and others wanted sloppy joes. Good thing I like both, or there would have been three different dinners going. LOL! And I still have my sense of humor!
3 tbs olive oil
2 lb ground beef (or ground turkey would be great)
1 large red bell pepper, chopped
4 large garlic cloves, minced
1 chipotle chile, seeded and minced
1 1/4 cups dark ale
1/2 cup bottled chili sauce or 2 Tbs sambal oelek
1/2 cup ketchup
1 4-ounce can diced green chilies
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 cup finely chopped green onions
6 hamburger rolls, split, toasted
2 cups shredded romaine lettuce

Heat oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Add beef, green pepper and garlic and sauté until turkey is no longer pink, breaking up meat with back of fork, about 10 minutes. Mix in chili and stir 1 minute. Add next 4 ingredients. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until mixture thickens, stirring often, about 15 minutes. Mix in green onions; season with salt and pepper.

Arrange burger bottoms on plates. Spoon sloppy joe mixture over; top with lettuce and tops. Served with beefy tomatoe slices, lettuce and lots of french fries and seedless green grapes.

Makes 4 large servings.

Recipe adapted from Bon Appetit

Note: So easy and even better the next day.


KellytheCulinarian said...

Sloppy joes are still my favorite meal! I loved when my mom made these up for me when I was younger. We used to have them for lunch with potato crisps or for dinner with a green salad and corn on the cob. This recipe brings back some great memories!

East Meets West Kitchen said...

Hi Kelly,
I love them too! It's wonderful how food bring us such great memories. :)

Peony said...

your homecooked meals are all so yummy and delicious.

the meals all look so attractive in foto.

IronEaters said...

the burger + chips+ grapes just looked divine! coz i love the 3 of them and u hav put them on a plate.LOL. keep up the good work!

Anonymous said...

You must really love to cook these days!

Cris said...

A favorite! Beautiful picture!

Anonymous said...

Know what? I've not heard of sloppy joes. Looks like chillie con carne to me.

I suppose it is called sloppy joes because the meat slops all over the plate? :P

East Meets West Kitchen said...

Hi Peony,
Thank you for your lovely comment. :)

Hi Ironeaters,
LOL! Thanks!

Hi San.y,
Yes I do! :)

Hi Cris,
Thank you!

Hi Judy,
I think someone invented this as a quick dish for ground beef. The traditional sloppy joes have mushrooms, green peppers, onions, tomatoe paste and mustard. You're right about the name. It's sloppy and fun! :)

Little Corner of Mine said...

Nice picture! And can I have one please? Eating outside is so much fun with your view!

Anonymous said...

I never tried a sloppy joe before but I heard of it so many times. This one must use fork and knife to eat, right? Cannot use fingers to lift up the burger and take a bite...dunno how to eat! :O

East Meets West Kitchen said...

Hey C,
Yes, you can have one when you come over. :)

Hi Tigerfish,
LOL! The fun part is eating it with your hands! :)

Aimée said...

Hey, you wouldn't be a tried and true mom, if you didn't cater to everyone's particular needs every once in a while.
Looks delicious!

eastcoastlife said...

I don't take orders for my meals. Whatever I cook, the family has to eat. When I'm in the mood, I would entertain their requests. hehehe....

I usually cook Chinese dishes, no burgers at home. Hubby is a Buddhist. :)

Lia said...

i love the way u presented, really looks so tempting :)

East Meets West Kitchen said...

Hi Aimee,
Thanks! I guess I'm a 'tried and true mom' now. :)

Hi Eastcoastlife,
There's always burgers in my house, and I cater to my family's request to ensure empty plates after the meal. ;)

Hi Lia,

Anonymous said...

Looks delicious. Burgers are my better half's specialty. :) He's always asking me if I'm cooking the steak or burger or am I actually murdering the poor meat.

East Meets West Kitchen said...

Hi Cooking Ninja,
LOL! I get part-time custody of the grill although lately he figured out that I'm better at grilling. hehe!

Big Boys Oven said...

Woah .... McKelly! Such a a great piece of burger....something different.