Having been on a diet for the past couple of weeks, I was craving some comfort food. I went through a couple of cookbooks and found a recipe by Emeril Lagasse in his cookbook, “Emeril 20-40-60 Fresh Food Fast”. Sloppy Joes sounded like just the thing for my craving.
If you don’t have this particular Emeril cookbook, you can find Emeril’s original recipe here, on the Good Morning America website. The recipe for Sloppy Joes on Emerils.com is a different one altogether. It calls for wine and some Italian seasonings. I will have to try that next…sounds a lot like the spaghetti sauce Boyfriend and I usually come up with.
First, chop your veggies in a small dice. I only had a little green pepper and some orange bell pepper. I left the chopped onion out because Boyfriend doesn’t care for it. He never minds the onion powder but I forgot to put it in. It didn’t matter, it had great flavor without it.
Saute the peppers, celery, onion (if you use it) and minced garlic in olive oil.
Next, add in your ground beef and continue stirring until the beef is browned. If it creates a lot of fat in your pan, drain.
Then add brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce and tomato sauce. The recipe calls for beef or chicken broth. I substituted a beef bullion cube dissolved in 1/2 cup of hot water.
These were so much better than canned Sloppy Joe sauce. It was a little more effort, with the chopping, but really worth it. It’s back to grilled chicken salad today:)
This hearty main dish was economical as well. The meat was around $5, the celery $1.50 and a can of tomato sauce was $1.00. The buns were $2.00. I had the other ingredients on hand. Since I used one and a half pounds of beef, this will make 3 meals for me and Boyfriend.
My revised recipe ingredients:
- 1 Tablespoon Olive oil
- 1/4 cup diced celery (small dice)
- 1/2 cup diced bell pepper (small dice)
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 tsp minced garlic ( I used jarred)
- 11/2 pounds ground chuck
- 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 15 oz can of tomato sauce
- 1 beef bullion cube dissolved in 1/2 cup of water
- 2 dashes hot sauce –use more if you like, mine were not spicy
- 4 to 6 hamburger buns–depending on how much meat on each
Let me know if you like this recipe, have you tried it? What do you eat when the need for comfort food hits you?
Would love to hear from you:) Di