Sunday, 28 October 2012

Sloppy Joe

Does anyone remember Sister Sister, the teenage sitcom that used to appear on Nickelodeon? I do, it was one of my favourite teenage sitcoms and I particularly remember it for the twins (Tia and Tamera) slating their school dinners of Sloppy Joe's. I briefly remember this meat dish served up as "slop" but was always intrigued as to why such a lunch time meal could be featured throughout a sitcom and have such a negative portrayal.
Well, fast forward 12 years, and with my discovery of cookbooks I have pencilled the recipe given in Nigella's kitchen for barbecued beef mince, which she describes as "a meat sauce sandwiched inside a soft white roll to make a Sloppy Jose or Joe". This recipe was described as a delicious meaty snack nothing like my perceptions having watched Sister Sister. When I made this, it was not planned, I was hungry, had some mince and just fancied this for lunch one day. I did not follow the recipe exactly as it would take 45 minutes to make and I could not wait more than 20 minutes, so I omitted the suggested vegetables.
Here is how my Sloppy Joe turned out:
Sloppy Joe
I spooned the mince mixture and had a squirt of sour cream which went perfectly with the sloppy Joe. 
I usually season my mince for at least 2 hours but due to this being an unplanned meal I seasoned the mince in the packet and then cooked on the stove and added each ingredient.
Seasoned mince in packet

Mince mixture cooking.

Ingredients - Serves 4-8 - but easily halved or quartered - (I halved the mixture and got 4 sloppy Joe)
1 thick celery, cut into chunks (I omitted this ingredient)
3 cloves garlic, peeled       ( I used 1 clove garlic)
2 onions, peeled and halved (I used 1 onion)
150g rindless smoked streaky bacon (I omitted this)
2 carrots, peeled and cut into chunks (I omitted this)
2 X 15ml tablespoons vegetable oil
1 X 15ml tablespoon dark brown sugar
pinch ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground all spice
500g beef mince.

To make up in a jug
1 X 400g can chopped tomatoes- plus full can water (I used half a can of water)
3 x 15ml tablespoons Worcestershire sauce (I used 2 tablespoons)
3 X 15ml Bourbon
2 X 15ml tablespoons dark brown sugar
2 X 15ml tablespoons tomato puree

To serve soft white rolls

Method
To start the sauce, put the celery, garlic, onions, bacon and carrots in a food processor/
Heat the oil in a heavy-based bottom pan or cast-iron casserole (with a lid) and add the processed ingredients. Cook for 15-20 minutes, over a gentle heat, stirring every now and again, until soft/
While the vegetables are cooking, mix together the liquid ingredients (and the 2 tablespoons brown sugar) in a jug.
Then stir 1 tablespoon brown sugar along the cloves and allspice into the vegetable pan/ now add the mince, breaking it up with a wooden fork as you mix it into the pan of softened, spiced vegetables, stirring until the meat begins to lose its raw colour.
Pour in the jug of liquid ingredients and stir gently into the meat. Put on the lid and turn down the heat to low. Simmer for 25 minutes.
Split the rolls and place the mince.

Absolutely delicious.
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