Who doesn’t love a great sloppy joe? When you bite into the toasted bun that has soaked up the sauce it is just plain good. I have some great childhood memories of sloppy joes, but have not made them in years. When I saw this recipe in Gourmet I just had to make it and I was not in the least disappointed. These are as the name says a little more sophisticated than Manwich. Serve them up with some of your favorites whether it might be chips or fries. I thought these pan-fried Smashed Potatoes and a salad were a great choice.
From start to finish you can have them ready for the table in about forty minutes. And yes they are super easy. If you can brown ground beef, measure, and stir you have it made. I am telling you if you loved these as a kid you are going to love these as an adult. Toasty bread with all that sauce dripping down the side. Good gracious! And that last bite you just might have to eat it with a fork.
Sophisto Joes from Gourmet October 2007
- 1 14-15 oz. can whole tomatoes in juice, drained
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 medium carrot, finely chopped
- 1 celery rib, finely chopped
- 1 1/2 lb. ground beef
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 cup dry red wine
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 1/2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
- 4 kaiser rolls, split and toasted
- Puree tomatoes in a blender or food processor.
- Cook onion and garlic in butter in a 12 in. heavy skillet over medium -high heat, stirring occasionally, until onion begins to brown, 4-5 minutes. Add carrot, celery, and 1/2 teaspoon salt and cook, stirring occasionally until vegetables are softened, 4-5 minutes.
- Add beef and brown, stirring to break up lumps.
- Add chili powder, cumin, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 3/4 teaspoon pepper. Cook about 2 minutes.
- Add pureed tomatoes, wine, Worcestershire sauce, and brown sugar.
- Bring to a boil stirring occasionally. Sauce will thicken. ( The recipe says that it will thicken in about 6 minutes mine took about 15 minutes)
- Serve between sliced and toasted kaiser rolls, split