Happy Tuesday, friends! My big plans to feature a weekly recipe with the Before and After series has kind of been on hold, simply because my creativity seems to be AWOL lately. Honestly, I’m getting a bit tired of living on a tight grocery budget and feeling a bit sorry for myself at times, which is leaving me a bit rebellious about meal planning.
So instead, I’ve decided that I’ll search the Net each week for new and exciting recipes, and share the good ones with ya’ll. This week, I’ve decided to start with a great recipe for parties, Mr. CBB’s Sloppy Joes. (Not a meat fan? Try his meatless sloppy joes) Now, Mr. CBB is quite the chef extraordinaire, if you ask me. He’s always got something delicious-looking on his blog, and if you ever need a new recipe for any occasion, I’d start on his site.
The whole plan for me trying his sloppy joe recipe, and for this series, kind of came out of nowhere. We held a bonfire/BBQ here on Saturday, and as I was perusing my not-so-creative-lately mind for easy-to-prepare main dish ideas, I decided that we’d have Rick grill up some hot dogs (Rick’s grilling skills are AMAZING), and that I’d put together some sloppy joes.
I’ve got a pretty decent recipe for sloppy joes myself, but when Mr. CBB mentioned on a comment that he had a recipe for them that had been pretty well-received, I thought it might be fun to try it. Here’s Mr. CBB’s pic of his joes:
And now for the famous recipe:
8 fresh Hamburger Buns or any Round Bun
- 1 can of Tomato paste 6 ounces
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 2 table spoons white distilled vinegar
- 1 table spoon Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 teaspoon of dry mustard
- 1 teaspoon dry oregano
- 1 teaspoon of dry basil
- 1/2 cup of Tomato Ketchup
- 3/4 cup of water
- 2 yellow onions chopped
- 1 large green pepper chopped ( or any colour you like)
- 4 cloves of garlic chopped fine
- 4 tablespoons of brown sugar packed
- 1lb of Lean Beef ( or whichever you prefer can be chicken or turkey etc)
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
You can find the exact instructions here for putting them together. This is an easy-to-make recipe, and perfect for parties.
What was different about this recipe: The basil. Usually we only put basil in Italian-type dishes like Spaghetti, but it was a great addition here.
What we changed: We halved the sugar, only because I’m trying to keep our sugar intake low. But the brown sugar was a wonderful touch.
The consensus: Everyone LOVED them. My son even asked to have more for dinner the next evening.
Recommendations: I would highly recommend this tasty recipe for any group gathering, potluck, or to freeze in 2-4 serving portions ready-to-heat for quick dinners. It’s good stuff! We’ll never use canned sloppy joe sauce again!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this first installment of our recipe of the week. If you’re interested in submitting your favorite or different recipe for this series, just let us know by using our Contact Us form. Enjoy!