Wednesday, November 2, 2011

11.2.2011 Wednesday: Quick Fix - Mom's Sloppy Joes

My Mom worked as a bank teller before she was married. The bank guard's wife sent mom this recipe as one of her wedding presents.  It has been a family favorite as long as I can remember.  Mom always used straight ground beef, but I've tweeked the recipe somewhat, both to reduce cost and to bump up the flavor.

Today's ingredient bowl
m's recipe is in BOLD, my additions/changes are in italics.

1 lb ground beef ( 1/2 # ground beef 1/2# ground turkey)
1 onion, diced small
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 can Campbell's Vegetable soup (abc's and 123's)
1/4 cup ketchup
1 tbsp prepared yellow or brown mustard
2tbsp bbq sauce
Sliced cheese ( we use cheddar)

buffet buns (small bakery rolls)

This was about the only time we got to have chips with our meal, because the meat already had a serving of veggies in it. but there was usually fruit alongside as well. You can top these with cheese, if you wish, or just have a nice glass of cold milk for your dairy serving.

Brown the meat with the garlic and onions.  Drain the fat.  

In a small bowl, combine the ketchup , mustard and bbq sauce (if desired).  add the soup.  Pour the entire mixture over the meat and stir gently to combine.

Allow to simmer 5-10 minutes, steaming the buttered rolls over the meat for the last minute or so.  Serve on buns, with chips, fruit and milk.

Just a note- I've doubled the recipe today so that I have leftovers.  This stuff makes a great meat pie filling, and I will be using it to make par-baked pies that Daddy and the Boy can just throw int he toaster oven or microwave for lunches.  I'm cheating, and using Bisquick(R) for the dough.  You can also use Alton Brown's pocket pie crust.

Follow the directions on the box, mixing as for rolled biscuits.  Cut rounds using 3" and 2" circles.  Grease and flour a muffin pan or tart pans.  Stretch 3" dough to fit, pressing down so that there are no air bubbles. Dock dough. (Prick bottom and sides with a fork.)

Fill pans to 3/4 full with sloppy joe mix, Top with 2" circles.  Seal and trim edges, cut a slit in center of top.  Brush with milk , butter or egg wash. Bake 10 minutes at 350 deg.,  remove from oven.  Allow to cool, then freeze in pans.  Once frozen, remove from pans and seal in plastic bags.  To finish, place in 350 deg. oven for 15 minutes, or microwave for 5 minutes on high.  Careful-they'll be hot!

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