Wednesday, May 26, 2010
I was worried after yesterday's beautiful strawberry recipe that you might, maybe, get the wrong idea about me. I'm really NOT one of "those" cooks. I live in a house full of boys. Graceful recipes like the strawberries are usually brought out at holidays and for things like girls night, where people might actually appreciate the appearance of something I cook. Hoity-toity cooking is not something that is tolerated around here for long.
This is more like regular, everyday cooking at our house. As a matter of fact, when I announced we would be having sloppy joes for dinner, cheers went up in the back seat of my car. It's a standard favorite around here--right up there with macaroni and cheese. Actually, mac and cheese would make a good complement to this. Keep that in mind. :)
For this super simple and quick recipe, here's your list:
Ground beef, onion, green bell pepper, ketchup, mustard, and brown sugar.
You know, for the longest time I bought the little jars of premade sloppy joe sauce. Then one day I realized how cheap, quick, and easy it is to make it from scratch. It was a life changing experience. Okay, not really, but it's quite helpful to be able to whip it up at the last minute from stuff I always have on hand!
There you have it...high class cooking from my kitchen. Try this the next time you need a super quick and cheap meal. You can play with the amounts of mustard, ketchup, and brown sugar too. Some people enjoy a sweeter sloppy joe; others like it with more tang. You decide.
Oh, and this recipe makes a good amount of sloppies. You can half everything if you aren't feeding bottomless pit tween boys and their friends. Enjoy! :)
2 pounds ground beef
1 green pepper, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1 1/2 cups ketchup
1-2 Tablespoons mustard
1/4 cup brown sugar
In a large skillet, brown ground beef, onion, and pepper. Drain. Return meat to pan and add ketchup, mustard, and brown sugar. Stir to combine and heat through. Serve on buns.