Bolognese Sloppy Joe's (two for one recipe)

Andy Anderson !


I was working in the test kitchen today... clarifying some chicken stock (the work never ends), and I thought of making some Bolognese for tonight's supper... Then I thought that it might be brilliant on a bun; served like a sloppy Joe with some nice mozzarella on top, and there you go.

This recipe is a two-fer... You can stop with the Bolognese and put it on pasta for an excellent Italian dish, or you can go one step further, and have a Bolognese Sloppy Joe.

So, you ready... let's get into the kitchen.

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45 Min
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1/8 c
olive oil, extra virgin
1/8 c
grapeseed oil
1 medium
onion (about 8 oz), grated
2 to 3 stalk(s)
celery (about 4 oz), grated
2 medium
carrots (about 6 oz), grated
4 clove
garlic, minced
1/2 lb
ground sirloin, lean
1/2 lb
ground pork, or italian sausage
2 tsp
basil, dried
1 tsp
oregano, dried
16 oz
tomato sauce
10 oz
tomato puree
1 tsp
kosher salt, or to taste
1/2 tsp
black pepper, freshly ground, or to taste
1/4 c
parmesan cheese, grated
1/4 c
red wine
2 Tbsp
sweet butter, unsalted


rolls, buns, hoagies, bread... whatever
2 c
mozzarella cheese, freshly grated


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2Gather all your ingredients

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3Chef's Tip: If you're not a big fan of grating, you can use your food-processor with the grating attachment to do the job for you.

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4Place the two oils in a large skillet over medium heat.

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5When the oil begins to shimmer, add the onions, celery, and carrots. Cook until softened, about 8 minutes.

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6Add the garlic, basil, and oregano, and continue to cook for about 2 minutes.

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7Add the beef and sausage, and cook until the meat loses its pink color, about 5 minutes.

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8Add the tomato sauce and puree, salt and pepper, and cook over medium heat for an additional 5 minutes.

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9Chef's Tip: Italian sausage can be a bit on the greasy side. If you want to reduce that grease, simply put a doubled-over paper towel on top of the sauce (as it is simmering), and the paper towel will pick up a good portion of that grease. You might need to do it more than once, depending on the amount of grease you want to remove.

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10Finally, add the butter, the wine, and the cheese.

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11Stir until the ingredients are incorporated into the sauce.

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12Lower the heat until the sauce is barely simmering, and then cover for 30 minutes.

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13Chef’s Note: During this time, taste, and add more salt, and/or pepper, if needed. Remember, season while cooking, not at the end.

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14Chef’s Note: At this point, you can stop, and you have an excellent Bolognese sauce, that will go great over pasta.

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16Slice open the buns, hoagies, or whatever you are using for your Sloppy Joe’s.

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17Pick out some of the bread in the bottom half, to make room for the sauce.

My dog, Guru, is waiting for me to drop something.

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18Brush some melted butter on the cut side of the top half, and around the edges of the bottom half.

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19Place a rack in the second to top position, and set your oven to broil.

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20Add the Bolognese sauce to the bottom.

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21Add a generous portion of mozzarella to the top of the sauce.

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22Place in the oven, and broil until the cheese begins to bubble and brown, about 3 minutes.

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23It should look something like this...

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24Serve with some chips, and plenty of napkins. Enjoy.

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25Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pasta, Sandwiches
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Italian
Dietary Needs: Soy Free
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids