sloppy joes

Word on the culinary street says in the  1930s, a cook named Joe added tomato sauce to his “loose meat” sandwich thus the Sloppy Joe was created, the rest is history.  Raise your hand if you remember eating Sloppy Joes as a  kid.  Sloppy Joes are my go-to sleepover meal.  The next time you have a bunch of kids over serve Sloppy Joes.  


1 pound (80/20) ground beef, 1 tablespoon shortening, 1/4 teaspoon yellow mustard,  1/4 cup white onions, chopped, 1/4 cup red and green bell pepper, chopped, 2 tablespoon flour, 1 teaspoon granulated garlic, 1/2 tablespoons light brown sugar, 1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce, 2 1/2 tablespoons Sloppy Joe seasoning mix,  1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste, 1/4 cup tomato juice,  1 cup beef broth, 8 toasted sesame seed hamburger buns

Get out a heavy skillet, add the shortening, when the shortening melts add the meat stir until the meat browns, add the onions, bell pepper, saute for another 2-3 minutes.  Add the remaining ingredients, except the hamburger buns, reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 15-20 minutes.  Split and toast the hamburger buns.  Spoon the hamburger mixture over half the bun. Serve with french fries, and dill pickle spears.

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