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Super Bowl Sloppy Joes

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Homemade Sloppy Joes

It’s time for Super Bowl Sunday 2013! Are you ready for some appetizers, beer and wine? All the old standby favorites should be on the table — chili, chips, dip, wings, fried chicken, deli plates and guacamole. One thing I always like to serve is some good old-fashioned Sloppy Joes. This is an easy make-at-home dish that can be prepared ahead of time, and there’s nothing you’ll need to do to serve this dish once kick-off time arrives. Just have a pot on the stove and fixings on the side — the guests can help themselves.

Sweating the Veggies

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 lbs ground beef, chuck or sirloin (I prefer organic, grass fed)
  • 1 cup onions
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3/4 cup carrots, red pepper (sweet or spicy) and celery
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • Splash of red wine
  • 1 26 oz box of Pomi tomatoes (I would always recommend fresh, but it’s not the season for tomatoes)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Soft wheat rolls (softness is key I tell you)

Simmering the Sauce

Preparation:
Melt butter in skillet, then add onions, garlic, sautéing until soft. Add the carrots, peppers and celery (it is key to add after the onions, as these provide a little crunch in the sandwich). Add ground beef and brown, mixing well with vegetables. Add chili powder, cumin, tomatoes and splash of red wine — simmering until sauce thickens. Taste and add salt and pepper to your liking.

Serving the Sloppy Joes

You can go straight from the pan …

Hot Sauce

… to the bun, making sure you have some hot sauce on the side.

Super Bowl Sandwich

So what are you serving on Sunday for the big game, and more importantly, who has this one — the Baltimore Ravens or the San Francisco 49ers? Whoever you are rooting for, you will certainly be a winner with these Sloppy Joes. Enjoy the game!