I love a good sloppy joe every now and then. While my most favorite version is Rachael Ray’s “messy guisseppe”, this recipe is promising. I think it needs a few tweaks, but has great potential. And, it was really simple and fast to make (perfect for a week night!). My real issue the meat mixture was a bit bland. I think adding some more seasoning next time would be beneficial (definitely more s&p, maybe some red pepper flake for a little heat, and maybe some Worcestershire sauce). I also think adding some velveeta cheese to the meat at the end and stirring to melt it would be a fantastic idea!
Start with the little amount of prep work you have….
- Chop up 4 cloves of garlic, 1 green pepper, and 1 onion. (And that’s all the prep folks!)
- Heat a skillet over medium-high heat.
- Add 1 package of ground beef.
- Break up the meat with a wooden spoon.
- Cook until browned, stirring every now and then.
- Once the meat is browned, add the veggies.
- Stir to combine and cook until tender (about 5 minutes).
- Once the veggies are tender, add 1/3 cup of steak sauce.
- Then, add 1 cup of beef stock.
- Stir to combine, season with some s&p, and let simmer for a few more minutes, until some of the liquid is absorbed.
- While the meat is simmering, preheat your broiler. (If you have heat settings, I used low.)
- Place two (or more depending on how many you are feeding) open rolls on a baking sheet. (I used whole wheat.)
- Remove some of the bread from the bottom to create a nice little hole for the meat.
- Place a slice of provolone on the top side of the roll.
- Place the rolls untder the broiler for just a minute or two. (Keep your eye on them! Nobody likes a burnt roll!)
- When the rolls are toasted and the cheese is slightly melted, remove from the broiler and top with the meat mixture.
And that’s all she wrote. I can’t emphasize how quick this meal is. It is as equally messy though! I just served a cucumber-tomato salad and some good old boxed macaroni and cheese (surprise, surprise) on the side. (I did try the whole-wheat mac & cheese this time, and it was good. Definitely switching to that for the future!) Enjoy!