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Sloppy Joes: An Awesome Party Food

Okay party people, time for some food talk.  Football weekend coming up, and we are all coming off the Thanksgiving leftover binge….time for some FUN Food = the Sloppy Joe.

I found this recipe on the Food Network (  Recipe courtesy Guy Fieri for Food Network Magazine) and it is AWESOME!

This is great for any football party, kid’s sleep-over party, poker night party, AND pot-luck party!  You name it, this dish will be the hit of the party!

I have always doubled this recipe because I hope/pray for leftovers!  It has a heat factor to it, so if you don’t like spicy, leave out the cayenne pepper and the jalapeno!  Also, if you go to the link I provided above, the recipe on the link includes home-made Maui Onion Straws.  I leave that part out and use the French Onion strings instead.


  • 1/4 cup canola oil                                                                                                 
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded, deveined and diced
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 6-ounce can tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 cups tomato sauce                                                                                    
  • 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 24 slider rolls or sweet Hawaiian rolls
  • French’s onion straws


Prepare the Sloppy Joe’: In a large pan, sauté over medium-high heat,

  • Sauté in the canola oil the bell peppers, jalapeno and onion for 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in another pan, cook the ground beef and pork and break it up as it browns.  After it is cooked, drain the grease.
  • Add the beef and pork to the sautéed peppers, jalapeno and onions.
  • Add the minced garlic.
  • Stir in the red wine and the red vinegar
  • Add the remaining ingredients: cayenne pepper, paprika, ground cumin, dry mustard, tomato paste, tomato sauce, brown sugar Worcestershire sauce, and season with 1 tablespoon each salt and freshly ground pepper.
  • Reduce the heat and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes.

Serve the Sloppy Joes on Hawaiian rolls and top with the onion straws.



Sauteed Apples – ANYTIME Yummyness

I absolutely LOVE this dish.  I have served them for Holiday dinners and I have made them on Football Sunday!   These even make the best EVER applesauce!  YUMMY!  These are best when served warm.  INCREDIBLE over ice cream!  AWESOME over pancakes!

What You Need:

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 4 large tart apples – peeled, cored and sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch…less if you want a little more syrup.  The photo is made with 2 teaspoons.
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

How To:

  1. Select you apple type.  I like Granny Smith or Fuji apples.  But you pick what you like!
  2. Core, peel, and slice the apples.  If you want a “softer” apple, slice thin.  If you want a firm but not hard apple, then slice thicker.
  3. Melt butter over medium heat in a large saucepan.
  4. Add the apples.
  5. Cook until the apples are just about tender which is 6 to 7 minutes.  Stir occasionally.
  6. Dissolve the cornstarch in water.
  7. Add the water and cornstarch to the apples.
  8.  Stir in the brown sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon.             
  9. Boil for 2 minutes, or longer for more tender apples, stirring occasionally.
  10. They are done when you get the tenderness of the apples to your liking.
If you want applesauce, just mash away!  Keep all the juices!  The mashed apples will absorb all of it!  Lasts for days and days in fridge!
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