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.
Chef'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.
Place the two oils in a large skillet over medium heat.
When the oil begins to shimmer, add the onions, celery, and carrots. Cook until softened, about 8 minutes.
Add the garlic, basil, and oregano, and continue to cook for about 2 minutes.
Add the beef and sausage, and cook until the meat loses its pink color, about 5 minutes.
Add the tomato sauce and puree, salt and pepper, and cook over medium heat for an additional 5 minutes.
Chef'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.
Finally, add the butter, the wine, and the cheese.
Stir until the ingredients are incorporated into the sauce.
Lower the heat until the sauce is barely simmering, and then cover for 30 minutes.
Chef’s Note: During this time, taste, and add more salt, and/or pepper, if needed. Remember, season while cooking, not at the end.
Chef’s Note: At this point, you can stop, and you have an excellent Bolognese sauce, that will go great over pasta.
MAKING THE SLOPPY JOE’S
Slice open the buns, hoagies, or whatever you are using for your Sloppy Joe’s.
Pick 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.
Brush some melted butter on the cut side of the top half, and around the edges of the bottom half.
Place a rack in the second to top position, and set your oven to broil.
Add the Bolognese sauce to the bottom.
Add a generous portion of mozzarella to the top of the sauce.
Place in the oven, and broil until the cheese begins to bubble and brown, about 3 minutes.
It should look something like this...
Serve with some chips, and plenty of napkins. Enjoy.