For most of us, this time of year and we are turning ourselves inside out trying to make things nice for Christmas. The cooking, the shopping, the planning, wrapping, cleaning….painting….(yes we just painted and papered the living room)…on top of your regular work and it’s not a far stretch to get overwhelmed.
We don’t want to resort to feeding our family expensive processed food, or CRAP for short, yet we need meals to be quick and easy.
Tonight, after shopping and doing what has to get done, I did a home made sloppy Joe’s and fries. So much better than the canned stuff. You do have to simmer it a bit and stir a bit, but other than that, easy-peasy.
1.5 cups water, divided
1 lb of lean ground beef
1/2 bell pepper (green, yellow, orange, red ~doesn’t matter) chopped.
1/2 medium sized onion chopped
3/4 cups ketchup
2 tbsp packed brown sugar
2 tbsp garlic powder (heaping if you love garlic)
1 tbsp onion powder (don’t have to have this, but it’s nice if you do)
1 tsp Dijon mustard (if you don’t have dijon any mustard will do)
1/2 to 3/4 tsp salt (to taste)
1/2 tsp ground pepper
1/8th tsp cayenne (or more depending on your taste for heat)
Okay, here goes:
Saute your onion and bell pepper in some butter in a fry pan until the onion starts to get a a bit soft.
Add the hamburger and work with a fork until there are no big lumps. Brown this up a bit. Add half the water. Stir it well. Let it simmer a few moments.
In a bowl combine all the other ingredients. All of them. Make sure you don’t miss any. Mix them up well, including the other half of water.
Stir this into your fry pan with the meat mixture.
Simmer, not boil all of this on a medium low heat stirring occasionally. Simmer roughly about 30 – 40 minutes until it’s nice and thick like in the picture. Taste and adjust your salt, pepper and cayenne. (some like it hot, some not)
Toast your buns during this time.
We have this with french fries. I have a deep fryer but you can oven cook your fries or make home fries in a fry pan or have soup with this. Or a beer and nothing else. Depending on your mood and needs.
Trust me, this is delicious.