How do you keep a Pembroke Welsh Corgi in suspense? Give up? Make a batch of Spicy Sloppy Joes and put up a pet gate in the kitchen doorway. Dezi, our resident faerie steed (pictured left) just about had a stroke waiting for tender morsels of meat and veggies to slip to the floor where he could gobble them up without prejudice.
than once every three weeks), or maybe it’s because i like to make them when there’s fancy cheese or really good pickles or something in the fridge, but for whatever reason, I get really excited when we have Sloppy Joes for dinner. Plus, nothing reheats better in an office microwave the next day, so I know I’ll have a minimum of two enjoyable meals off any given pan of Sloppy Joe meat.
Preheat a large skillet over medium heat. Dice half an onion and a bell pepper (green or red) and add to skillet with some butter or margarine. Season to taste (I use garlic powder, cayenne pepper and dill weed) if desired. When vegetables begin to tenderize, add either 1 lb. ground beef/turkey or the equivalent of prepared TVP (I used half beef and half TVP). Increase heat and stir often until meat is browned thoroughly and
evenly. Drain if necessary. With spoon, mound meat into the center of the skillet and use back of spoon to press two equal indentations into the mound. Fill one “crater” with ketchup and the other with barbecue sauce. (Click here to read tips for cooking with cheap or generic BBQ sauce.)
Stir and let simmer 3-5 minutes. Once meat is evenly coated with both sauces, shake appxoimately 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese over meat and stir until cheese is no longer visible. Remove from heat and serve on browned, lightly buttered hamburger buns with cheese, pickles, chow chow or mustard. Pair sandwiches with a cheap can of fruit for a delicious and speedy plate presentation.