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.
- 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)
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.
You can go straight from the pan …
… to the bun, making sure you have some hot sauce on the side.
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!