Tuesday, May 26, 2009

A double whammy

Sloppy Hot Wing Joes
Rachael Ray's Big Orange Book Copyright 2008

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 pounds ground chicken
2 carrots, peeled and chopped or grated
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 yellow onion, finely chopped
2 to 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 to 1/3 cup hot sauce I used Crystal
1 cup tomato sauce
1 cup chicken stock
8 good quality burger rolls, split and toasted
1 cup blue cheese crumbles
2 large dill pickles, chopped

Heat the EVOO in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the meat and cook for 5-6 minutes, breaking it up with a wooden spoon as it cooks. Add the carrots, celery, onions and garlic, season with salt and pepper, and cook for 7 to 8 minutes more. Combine the vinegar, brown sugar, Worcestershire, hot sauce, tomato sauce, and stock in a mixing cup and pour over the contents of the pan. Mix thoroughly, and simmer for a few minutes more.

Split the rolls and toast under the broiler or in a toaster oven. Pile the sloppy Buffalo-style filling onto buns and top with blue cheese crumbles and chopped pickles.

I can't seem to go wrong with any Rachael Ray recipes and I just can't seem to go wrong when it comes to ground chicken recipes either . I love all my ground chicken recipes.

This recipe was excellent - definitely something I will make again. I like that it has a good amount of vegetables right in there. I love blue cheese and pickles but they were just an added bonus to me. The meat is good enough on it's own without any toppings.

I chopped the vegetables rather finely in my mini-chopper the night before I made this so putting this together after work was a breeze. I only wish that I had purchased better buns but I forgot these were on the menu when I was picking out bread for the week.

I halved the recipe you see here and it was plenty for my husband and I (and he eats about enough for 2-3 people). My son wanted dinosaur chicken nuggets. He didn't ask for the nuggets because he didn't think he would like this - the nuggets were a new item in the house and he was excited about them. They were all-natural and he ate five of them so I don't feel too badly about letting him have them. At least it wasn't SpaghettiOs.

I wish I had made the entire recipe so I had a batch to freeze. I'm doing that more often these days and it's great to have a few things in the freezer ready to go. RR's recipes seem to be good for this - she can't seem to make anything with less than 2 pounds of meat - but thankfully so far every recipe I've tried of hers is something I wouldn't mind eating again.

(Check out all of my ground chicken recipes here.)

Question of the Day: Do you like blue cheese? pickles?


Anonymous said...

I love blue cheese in any form. Pickles - Not a must-have for me, but I like them at certain times. Can't be too sour, though.


Jubi said...

Pickles yes, blue cheese no.

Annie Jones said...

Can't wait to try these! I like bleu cheese and pickles both. My hubby would have to have the cheese left out of his.

Rebel In Ontario said...

Blue cheese...in some things and pickles all the time!

Unknown said...

blue cheese...no! pickles...yep!

Donna-FFW said...

Oh these sound terrific! Love the idea of making these flavors into a sloppy joe!

Sara said...

i made a similar rachel ray recipe a few months ago - a buffalo chicken chili. it was pretty good, but this sounds better.
i love pickles! i could eat them every day. blue cheese i like in certain situations.

Wanda said...

I LOVE bleu cheese! Bleu cheese dressing is my salad dressing of choice. As for pickles, not especially. Well, I do like them in tuna salad, on hamburgers and in cheese sandwiches, but just eating a pickle is not something I do.

Ann said...

Wow this looks good. I will hve to try this. I am going to follow your blog.

Anonymous said...

If it doesn't use Frank's Hot Sauce, it is not "Buffalo Wings." It may be chicken, it may b e wings, but it is not not not Buffalo style.

Unknown said...

I mixed this up a bit. Instead of tomato sauce I used Mango Salsa. And instead of hot sauce I used Taco Sauce. I also added a can of mixed beans and 1/2 green pepper and 1/2 red pepper. I then added a little corn starch to thicken the whole thing up. It was a total hit.