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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 (http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/guy-fieri/sloppy-joes-with-maui-onion-straws-recipe/index.html  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.

               Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

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.

  

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