Monday, April 28, 2008

Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes
From: FairyChatMom

2# ground beef, browned with
1 medium to large onion, diced

Drain off any excess grease.

1 large can of tomato sauce (24 fl oz?? I'm not sure of the size)
1 large can of tomato paste
2 ribs of celery, washed and cut up, no leaves

Put about a cup of the sauce into a blender and add the chunked up celery. Puree till no evidence of celery remains. Dump this, plus the rest of the sauce and the paste into the pan with the meat and onions and mix it up - add:

3-4 Tbsp white vinegar
3-4 Tbsp brown sugar
1-2 tsp garlic powder or equivalent minced garlic - all of this is really to taste
Salt and pepper to taste

Mix well, and bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat. Simmer till it thickens or until the smell drives you wild with desire. Serve on crusty rolls or sub rolls or whatever you like. It's best the next day and it freezes beautifully.

For those who don't like chunks of onion, you can toss them in with the celery in the blender cycle (just don't cook them with the beef.) I understand some folks like diced green peppers so you could add that if you're so inclined. Me, I'm not a pepper fan.

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