Wednesday, November 18, 2009

What's for Dinner: Sloppy Joes



I know many people have Sloppy Joe memories stretching back from their childhoods, well I don't. I don't know if it was just not something my mom made, or if she didn't make it knowing my dad would not consider this a meal. So my first real introduction to Sloppy Joes was at Jon's Grandma Brewster's home while we were still dating. My only memory is grease. Then a few months ago my friend Michelle gave me a recipe for Sloppy Joes, I made it, and it was ok but Jon said we didn't have to make them again. So when my trial issue of Cook's Country came and Sloppy Joes was one of the recipes I thought I'd give it one last time, and I'm sure glad I did. Not only was it a winner with the whole family flavor wise, but it's one of their recipe makeovers in which a normal Sloppy Joe (including the bun) is 570 calories with 30 grams of fat and 10 grams of Saturated fat. Their version is only 300 calories (including bun) with 9 grams of fat, and 3 grams of Saturated fat. It makes a big difference, I don't have to feel guilty about eating 2 and with a salad it makes a great dinner! So here is the recipe, try try try it at home and then let me know what you think.

Cook's Country Reduced-Fat Sloppy Joe

Serves 4.

2 tsp vegetable oil
6 oz white mushrooms, sliced thin
1 small onion, minced
1 1/4 tsp chili powder
1 (8oz) can tomato sauce
1/4 cup ketchup
1 Tab. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. brown sugar
1/4 cup water
1 tsp. cider vinegar
10 oz 93% lean ground beef
salt and pepper
4 Hamburger buns.

1. Process Mushrooms. heat 1 tsp. oil over med-high heat in large nonstick skillet until shimmering. Add mushrooms and cook until browned, about 5 minutes. Transfer to food processor and pulse until mushrooms are finely ground.

2. Make Sauce. Heat remaining oil in empty skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Cook onion and processed mushrooms, covered, stirring occasionally, until tender, 8 to 12 minutes. Stir in chili powder and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add tomato sauce, ketchup, Worcestershire, sugar, water and vinegar. Simmer over medium-low heat until vegetables are completely tender and sauce is slightly thickened, about 15 minutes.

3. Simmer Beef. Add beef and simmer, breaking up meat with wooden spoon, until no longer pink, about 5 minutes more. Season with salt and pepper. Divide mixture among buns. Serve.
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