At 6:50 this morning, yes Sunday morning, I woke up thinking "fooooodz"... I did a little Saturday morning grocery shopping yesterday after I helped my mom in the garden. So, the fridge had "manager's special" pork chops (meaning discounted because they are getting old-er), chicken tenders, ground beef, bell peppers, and the like from Food City. I also had chili peppers, tomatoes, and okra from the garden.
What to do, what to do...
Part of the ground beef went to burgers last night. This morning I finally cleaned out last night's burger frypan (I hate doing dishes and am a queen of procrastination) and fried up the rest of the ground beef with plans to freeze for pasta sauce. However, my mind wandered.... Nothing new...
Ooh, shiny object!
So, I do so luv what are traditionally called "Sloppy Joes". I cooked up the beef and pulled aside enough for one sauce. The rest goes to a new sloppy joe recipe.
I did some quick research because I wanted quicker and easier. But I can't do simple apparently. So I married simple and easy with my way of changing things up...
"Simple" is meat, mustard, ketchup and brown sugar as listed below. But, if you are like me and have the energy and time, added the "green".
Sloppy Joe-Bobs (Why do I call it that? Because I can...)
1 +/- lb ground beef (or turkey) cooked/crumbled
1/8 - 1/4 c bell pepper, diced
1/8 - 1/4 c sweet onion, diced
1/4 c mustard
1/2 c ketchup
1/8 c brown sugar
Dash black pepper
Now imagine every ingredient listed, except the meat, has the words "to taste" mentioned after it.
While cooking up the beef, I cut up the onion and pepper. I also added in a diced jalapeño and a diced chili pepper.
After ground beef is basically done (I like it very done), drain off the fat if you used cheaper ground like I usually do....
Add a little water, throw in the peppers and onions and cook on medium heat until they are softened up.
Add the rest of the ingredients as you see fit. If you need it a little saucier, add a tiny bit of water. Cook on low as long as you wish. If you keep it coverd, you won't need to add more water.
Serve on potato buns, or whatever you local favorite bun is... Mine is Kerns.
FYI, Sloppy Joes rock for breakfast....