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Old 06-30-2014, 07:53 PM   #1
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PDT/PDE Sloppy Joes

Everyone who know me knows that when I can, I enjoy making extravagant food. But those who really know me, know that I also love simple food. Take Sloppy Joe's for instance. I have three, go-to recipes for this simple dish. Oh, and what do PDT/PDE stand for, you ask. Pretty Darned Tasty, and Pretty Darned Easy.

Here are the two PDT/PDE versions. The first is DW's idea of the perfect Sloppy Joe:
Ingredients:
1 lb. Ground Beef
1 can Campbell's Tomato Soup
1/2 tsp. salt.

Brown the ground beef, salt it, mix in the soup, serve on whole wheat burger buns.

The first time she made them, I was skeptical. But you know, they aren't half bad.

My PDT/PDE version:
Ingredients:
1 lb. Ground Beef
1 can Campbell's Tomato Soup
1 sweet yellow onion, coarsely chopped
1/2 tsp. salt.
2 dashes cloves
2 tbs. Lee & Perrin's Worcestershire Sauce

Saute the onion in butter, but not quite tender all the way through. While the onions are cooking, brown the ground beef and season with the salt. When the meat is browned, combine the onions, beef, and tomato soup. Stir until well mixed. Add the ground cloves, and Worcestershire sauce. Stir until well combined. This is better.

My best Sloppy Joe recipe, not PDE, or PDQ (pretty darned quick), but very PDT.

Chief Longwind's Sloppy Joe's
Ingredients:
1 4 oz. can tomato paste
1 6 oz can Tomato Sauce

1 12 oz. can dark red kidney beans
½ clove minced garlic
½ medium yellow onion, diced
3 heaping tbs. chopped green pepper
1/4 cup dark brown sugar (for Diabetics, substitute an equal
amount of Splenda brand sweetener and a tsp. of molasses)
1 tsp. Chili Powder
½ tsp. Salt
1 tbs. Worcestershire Sauce
1 bay leaf, crumbled
2 tbs. olive oil
1 lb. ground beef
Place ground beef into a 12 inch covered frying pan and place over medium heat. While the pan is warming, add the olive oil to a 1 quart sauce pan and apply medium heat. Add the garlic,
onion, and bay leaf to the oil and saute until the onion turns
translucent. Add the remaining ingredients, stir until well
blended, cover and turn down heat to simmer.
Lift the lid from the ground beef and break up the meat into
bite sized chunks. Lightly salt the meat, stir, and cover.
Check the meat and stir the sauce every five minutes until the
meat is cooked through.
Drain the meat into a suitable bowl and place the juice in the refrigerator for later use. Combine the meat and sauce and serve over hamburger buns.

There used to be a lady on DC who called herself Crewsk. She purchased the cookbook that this recipe was put into. She reported back to me (because I asked her how she liked the cookbook) that she grew up hating sloppy joes. She had only had the store-bought sauce kind. She tried my recipe and fell in love with sloppy joes. Her husband took some to work and shared with his co-workers. She said that from then on, for several weeks, she was bombarded with requests for more of those sloppy joes.

Yeh, my head swelled just a bit.

So there you have it, very easy, easy, and more complex, but all yummy on a Saturday afternoon.

Seeeeeya; Chief Longwind of the North

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Old 06-30-2014, 10:01 PM   #2
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I love sloppy joes, as long as they are not too sweet.
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Old 07-03-2014, 11:01 AM   #3
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The best Sloppy Joe I have even had came from a roach coach. The little food truck that came to construction sites down in Miami.
This one was the panel truck with a window cut into the side.

He served his on an Italian style sub roll. It was not sweet and we always added extra onion and hot sauce at the counter.
They were the absolute best ever.

My wife and kids love those canned mixes. I hate them and my wife always made me a hot dog or something else when they had Joes.
I don't think I could appreciate kidney beans or any beans in my Joe mix?
I don't even use kidney beans in chili.
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Old 07-04-2014, 10:48 AM   #4
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I make mine with ground beef, veal and pork, sautéed, mixed with a generous amount of my homemade spaghetti sauce, and served on toasted ciabatta buns. I call them Sloppy Giuseppes.

Well, I just did a search on Google and I see someone or several someones have stolen my recipe. I know it was stolen because I developed this recipe long before Al Gore invented the Internet!
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Old 07-04-2014, 11:04 AM   #5
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My Mother used to make a version of Sloppy Giuseppes from leftover meatballs and sauce. She chopped up the meatballs, mushrooms etc and served it on toasted rolls that had been brushed with garlic butter. Sometimes we had them open faced and topped with cheese like a pizza burger other times like a regular sandwich. It was one of those "loaves and fishes" meals that all moms manage to come up with.

Today I make mine with ground beef, chopped onions, ketchup or chili sauce and a glug of cider vinegar.

This would be a great addition to the camping thread. Make it ahead and freeze it flat in zip lock bags.
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Old 07-05-2014, 06:20 AM   #6
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I had sloppy Joes once and it was made with the Manwich sauce. I was not impressed. It was all right, but I ate it only to be polite. Maybe someday I will be at an event that will serve a better one.
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The best Sloppy Joe I have even had came from a roach coach. The little food truck that came to construction sites down in Miami.
This one was the panel truck with a window cut into the side.

He served his on an Italian style sub roll. It was not sweet and we always added extra onion and hot sauce at the counter.
They were the absolute best ever.

My wife and kids love those canned mixes. I hate them and my wife always made me a hot dog or something else when they had Joes.
I don't think I could appreciate kidney beans or any beans in my Joe mix?
I don't even use kidney beans in chili.
If he was Cuban, are you sure it wasn't Picadillo?
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If this isn't showing my age then I don't know what would but in my mis-spent youth ( Oh YES ) " Sloppy Joes" were big, baggy jumpers that you wore with slimline black slacks and went to listen to jazz in cellar-like places filled with tobacco smoke and and glasses of beer and beatniks.................Oh, they were the days of innocence and joy...............and I'm not THAT old!!
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I had sloppy Joes once and it was made with the Manwich sauce. I was not impressed. It was all right, but I ate it only to be polite. Maybe someday I will be at an event that will serve a better one.
This is what I meant. The can you mix with ground beef. Horrid!
I have learned to eat it though.
I add extra hot sauce, onion and a slice of cheese melted.

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If he was Cuban, are you sure it wasn't Picadillo?
Positive. No olives or capers in that mix. He was American.
My dad made picadillo regularly.
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I don't eat Sloppy Joe's anymore but I sure did when my boys were growing up. I would use a small can of tomato sauce with a package of Lipton Onion soup mix to a pound of browned ground beef. They loved them.
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PDT/PDE Sloppy Joes Everyone who know me knows that when I can, I enjoy making extravagant food. But those who really know me, know that I also love simple food. Take Sloppy Joe's for instance. I have three, go-to recipes for this simple dish. Oh, and what do PDT/PDE stand for, you ask. Pretty Darned Tasty, and Pretty Darned Easy. Here are the two PDT/PDE versions. The first is DW's idea of the perfect Sloppy Joe: Ingredients: 1 lb. Ground Beef 1 can Campbell's Tomato Soup 1/2 tsp. salt. Brown the ground beef, salt it, mix in the soup, serve on whole wheat burger buns. The first time she made them, I was skeptical. But you know, they aren't half bad. My PDT/PDE version: Ingredients: 1 lb. Ground Beef 1 can Campbell's Tomato Soup 1 sweet yellow onion, coarsely chopped 1/2 tsp. salt. 2 dashes cloves 2 tbs. Lee & Perrin's Worcestershire Sauce Saute the onion in butter, but not quite tender all the way through. While the onions are cooking, brown the ground beef and season with the salt. When the meat is browned, combine the onions, beef, and tomato soup. Stir until well mixed. Add the ground cloves, and Worcestershire sauce. Stir until well combined. This is better.:yum: [B]My best Sloppy Joe recipe, not PDE, or PDQ (pretty darned quick), but very PDT.[/B] Chief Longwind's Sloppy Joe's Ingredients: 1 4 oz. can tomato paste 1 6 oz can Tomato Sauce 1 12 oz. can dark red kidney beans ½ clove minced garlic ½ medium yellow onion, diced 3 heaping tbs. chopped green pepper 1/4 cup dark brown sugar (for Diabetics, substitute an equal amount of Splenda brand sweetener and a tsp. of molasses) 1 tsp. Chili Powder ½ tsp. Salt 1 tbs. Worcestershire Sauce 1 bay leaf, crumbled 2 tbs. olive oil 1 lb. ground beef Place ground beef into a 12 inch covered frying pan and place over medium heat. While the pan is warming, add the olive oil to a 1 quart sauce pan and apply medium heat. Add the garlic, onion, and bay leaf to the oil and saute until the onion turns translucent. Add the remaining ingredients, stir until well blended, cover and turn down heat to simmer. Lift the lid from the ground beef and break up the meat into bite sized chunks. Lightly salt the meat, stir, and cover. Check the meat and stir the sauce every five minutes until the meat is cooked through. Drain the meat into a suitable bowl and place the juice in the refrigerator for later use. Combine the meat and sauce and serve over hamburger buns. There used to be a lady on DC who called herself Crewsk. She purchased the cookbook that this recipe was put into. She reported back to me (because I asked her how she liked the cookbook) that she grew up hating sloppy joes. She had only had the store-bought sauce kind. She tried my recipe and fell in love with sloppy joes. Her husband took some to work and shared with his co-workers. She said that from then on, for several weeks, she was bombarded with requests for more of those sloppy joes. Yeh, my head swelled just a bit.:rolleyes: So there you have it, very easy, easy, and more complex, but all yummy on a Saturday afternoon. Seeeeeya; Chief Longwind of the North 3 stars 1 reviews
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