Saturday, January 16, 2010

Sloppy Joes

Jake loves sloppy joes, and these are the one recipe that he asks for again and again! The filling would also be great wrapped up in a tortilla. The beans and rice in it stretch the meat out so you're not filling up on all meat. If you choose to take these in a lunch box, pack the filling separately so it can be heated up before it's stuffed into the bun.

Recipe adapted from Crazy Plates
1 lb lean ground turkey
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 cloves minced garlic
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/4 cup grated carrot
1 cup mashed kidney beans
1 cup cooked rice (brown or white)
1 cup diced tomato
2/3 cup ketchup
couple splashes of Louisiana hot sauce
2 tbsp white wine vinegar
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp mustard
salt and pepper to taste
6-8 soft kaisers or hamburger buns

In a large fry pan, heat a small amount of oil and add the onion, garlic, celery, and carrot. Cook until veggies are softened and then remove them from pan to a plate and set aside. Saute the ground turkey until browned and no longer pink, adding more oil if necessary. Break up any large pieces as you go.

Add the onion mixture, chili powder, and cumin, continuing to cook for about 1 minute. Stir in the rest of the ingredients and turn the heat to medium low. Cover and simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Halve the buns and butter them , then toast them under the broiler until they are golden. Spoon mixture onto the bottom half of the bun, cover with the top half, and dig in!

Serves 6.

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