Mini Essentials: Sloppy Joe Filling

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Andy Anderson !

By
@ThePretentiousChef

I have not made any sloppy joe’s in a bit of time, and then I got this order to make up a whole bunch of the filling, to be used for sliders during a basketball game. He said that he wanted something different. So, here is my definition of different.

This recipe should make 8 – 10 sliders, or 4 good-sized sandwiches.

FYI: I do think that this would make an excellent filling for tacos... just a passing thought.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.

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Comments:
Serves:
Several
Prep:
10 Min
Cook:
35 Min
Method:
Stove Top

Ingredients

  • PLAN/PURCHASE

  • 1 lb
    chuck, coarsely ground
  • 14 oz
    diced tomatoes (1 can), drained
  • 2 medium
    pepperoni peppers, stemmed and deseeded
  • 1 medium
    yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp
    sweet butter, unsalted
  • 1 Tbsp
    grapeseed oil
  • 1 medium
    carrot, finely chopped
  • 1
    celery rib, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp
    ground cumin
  • 1 tsp
    coconut sugar
  • 1 Tbsp
    worcestershire sauce
  • 3 Tbsp
    apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 c
    salsa, your favorite brand
  • 1/2 tsp
    black pepper, freshly ground, or to taste
  • ·
    salt, kosher variety, to taste
  • ADDITIONAL ITEMS

  • 8 - 10
    slider buns
  • ·
    yellow mustard
  • ·
    dill or sweet pickles
  • ·
    chips or fries

How to Make Mini Essentials: Sloppy Joe Filling

Step-by-Step

  1. PREP/PREPARE
  2. Chef’s Note: I grind my own meats, and I am using charcoal steaks, but ground chuck from the butcher will do quite nicely.
  3. Chef's Tip: Why go to the trouble of pureeing the diced tomatoes? Why not just use a can of tomato puree?
    Well, the reason is canned tomato puree is prepared in a different way; using heat, and even some sugars. I prefer the pure taste of pureed diced tomatoes.

    Besides, it is my recipe and I can do anything I so choose :-)
  4. Gather your Ingredients (mise en place).
  5. Drain the liquid from the canned tomatoes, then add the tomatoes, and the pepperoni peppers to a blender, or a food processor, fitted with an S-blade
  6. Puree, and reserve.
  7. Chef's Note: I am using mild pepperoni peppers, but if you want to kick it up a bit, try going with hot.
    Lions and Tigers, Oh My...
  8. Add the butter and grapeseed oil to a sauté pan over medium heat.
  9. When the butter stops foaming, give the pan a swirl to mix with the oil, and then add the chopped onions.
  10. Cook, until the onions soften, and begin to brown, about 3 – 5 minutes.
  11. Add the garlic, and cook until fragrant, about 30 – 60 seconds.
  12. Add the chopped celery and carrots, and cook until the veggies begin to soften, about 3 – 5 minutes.
  13. Chef’s Note: When you add the veggies, throw in a pinch of salt, to get the process started.
  14. Add the beef, combine with the veggies, and cook until the beef browns, about 6 – 8 minutes.
  15. Add the cumin, brown sugar, and black pepper, and then stir for 1 minute.
  16. Chef’s Tip: If you like your sloppy joe’s a bit sweeter, add another teaspoon or two of coconut sugar.
  17. Add the pureed tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, apple-cider vinegar, and salsa.
  18. Bring up to the simmer, and cook until it thickens.
  19. I like to gently remove the excess liquid using a low heat. So the thickening process can take 30 minutes or longer. The rewards of waiting a bit longer will be a nice rich/mellow tasting meat.
  20. Chef’s Note: While it is simmering do a final tasting for proper seasoning.
  21. PLATE/PRESENT
  22. Place the meat on buns, and serve with pickles and chips. Enjoy.
  23. Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About Mini Essentials: Sloppy Joe Filling

Course/Dish: Sandwiches
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American



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