Wednesday, February 28, 2007
A new favorite sloppy joe
Turkey Sloppy Joes
Delicious and Dependable Slow Cooker Recipes Copyright 2002
2 tbsp vegetable oil, divided
1 ½ lbs ground turkey
2 onions, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeño pepper, minced, optional I used this
1 tbsp chili powder
2 tsp dried oregano leaves
1 tsp salt
¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 cup tomato-based chili sauce
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese I used less
1 green bell pepper, finely chopped, optional I added this
Hot onion buns I used whole wheat buns
1. In a skillet, heat 1 tbsp oil over medium heat. Add turkey and cook, breaking up the meat with a spoon, until no longer pink. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a slow cooker stoneware. Drain and discard liquid.
2. Add remaining oil to pan. Add onions and cook, stirring, until softened. Add garlic, jalapeño pepper, if using, chili powder, oregano, salt and black pepper and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add chili sauce and Worcestershire sauce and bring to a boil.
3. Transfer mixture to slow cooker stoneware. Cover and cook on LOW for 8 to 10 hours or on HIGH for 4 to 5 hours, until mixture is hot and bubbling. Add cheese and green pepper, if using. Cover and cook on HIGH for 20 minutes, until cheese is melted and pepper is softened. Spoon over hot split onion buns and serve.
I thought these were a lot more flavorful than your average sloppy joe. I did find them to be a bit too salty so when I make them again, I won't add the salt. I don't think these have to be slow-cooked, although I think they should simmer for a while to blend the flavors. So if you don't own a crock pot, I think you could still give this recipe a try. My son enjoyed these too.
My only regret is that I had planned on making my own sandwich rolls but I saw that I had rolls in the breadbox and decided to use those up instead. Had I known just how much I was going to like the filling, I would have made the homemade rolls - this recipe deserved them.
I think I need to regroup. I feel 'off' since I've been sick, maybe even before that. I'm not taking a break from blogging (as long as I'm cooking, I might as well be blogging) but I need to clean and organize my house and get a few things out of the way that have been nagging at me before I can really throw myself back into this. I think I do pretty well considering I'm out of the house 10 hours Monday-Friday for work and commute and I'm raising a 3 year old and a husband. However, I'm starting to bore myself. I'd like to make at least a few recipes each month that challenge me, that maybe aren't practically but hopefully fun. I'm blown away by so many food bloggers yet I've noticed that some of most prolific ones don't mention working outside the home or even children in many cases. What I wouldn't do to have just one day a week to cook to my heart's content.
It's the last day to sign up for a chance to win a cookbook this month. I never updated the cookbook link in the corner and I'm seeing some problems with linking to old posts with the new Blogger (at least I think it's the new blogger). I'll look into it but I'm out of time right now. Go into the February archives and scroll down to sign up if you haven't yet.
Blast From The Past: Shortbread Wedges from April 2006. One thing I would like to do more often is make more fun homemade treats for my son. I haven't pulled that animal pan out in ages. Right now he's enjoying graham cracker sticks that I dipped in chocolate and covered with sprinkles. Every time he eats one, he asks 'You made this?' and he seems very impressed lol.
Question of the Day: Have you come across any problems with new Blogger? What are they?