Recipe: Sloppy Joe Sandwiches

Children can help prepare these classic sloppy joe sandwiches by mixing sauce ingredients or buttering buns.

A classic loose meat sandwich, also known as a “Sloppy Joe,” is an easy answer to, “What’s for dinner?” These sandwiches come together easily with just a handful of ingredients. Plus, this recipe from Whisk is great for including kids in the kitchen. Served on buttered and toasted buns, these sweet and tangy sandwiches simmered in a zingy tomato sauce always hit the spot!

Classic Sloppy Joes
Makes 4 – 6 sandwiches

1 pound ground beef
1/2 large sweet onion, minced (about 1 cup)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup yellow mustard
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
6 ounces tomato paste
1 to 1-1/4 cup cold water
6 buttered and toasted hamburger buns

1. Prepare the onion and garlic by cutting into a fine mince.

2. In a large skillet, brown the ground beef. Chop and stir into small pieces and cook until well browned. Drain the ground beef in a paper towel-lined bowl.

3. Add the onion and garlic to the pan, and sauté until the onions have softened. Add the cooked ground beef back to the pan and stir until combined.

4. In a small bowl, mix together the sauce. Add the brown sugar, yellow mustard, Worcestershire sauce, pepper, and tomato paste and stir to combine.

5. Add the sauce to the meat mixture and stir until combined.

6. Add 1 cup of water to the mixture and simmer on low for 15 minutes or until the meat captures the sauce’s flavors. Stir the mixture occasionally as it simmers, and add additional water, as needed.

7. Butter the buns and arrange closely together on a large sheet pan. Broil until the buns are toasted to a golden brown. (Watch closely!)

8. Serve on a toasted and buttered bun with your favorite toppings.

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