Sloppy Joe Sliders

(Nov. 13, 2020) The philosophy of time has been a subject of much debate.

To this day, theorists continue to argue whether time is “real” or “unreal.”

The argument over time also touches on the subject if the “present” is an instantaneous concept or a period of duration. There are logicians who even question that the “past” and “future” really exist.

Certainty is not always an absolute, but most would agree that time is continuous and has an intrinsic direction.

With that thought in mind, we will delve into the deliciousness of sloppy Joes and how a little extra time and effort can produce a sandwich that is packed with veggies and full of flavor.

For those who are not familiar with a sloppy Joe sandwich, it is a mixture of ground beef, seasonings and tomato sauce that is served on a hamburger bun.

Its history is not written in stone, but a popular theory suggests that the original sloppy Joe was invented by a cook named Joe in a café in Sioux City, Iowa in 1930.

Joe added tomato sauce to the “loose meat” sandwich and from that point on, sloppy Joe became a household name.

Sloppy Joe meals gained popularity for several reasons: the preparation is quite simple and the sandwich is easy on one’s budget. In addition, Sloppy Joes are popular with children, so moms continually give the dish thumbs up.

Ground beef is the standard protein, but the addition of sweet and spicy Italian sausage adds to the taste and texture of the overall dish.

Remember to remove the casings, so the sausage can be broken down into smaller pieces. The smaller pieces of protein are able to absorb the sauce better, which enhances the overall dish.

Sometimes subtlety can make a big difference. The addition of chicken broth will give the sandwich more depth of flavor and cut some of the acidity of the tomato taste.

Finely diced mushrooms, yellow squash, zucchini, bell peppers, celery, onions and garlic are a way to incorporate a medley of natural goodness, which enhances the flavor and texture of the sandwich.

If one has a food processor, this is the time to use it. No matter how good your knife skills are, they cannot compete with the electric appliance.

If you do not have one, you might want to consider putting it on your list for Santa.

Sloppy Joes are traditionally served on hamburger buns. Slider or party rolls are smaller portions and perfect for children or buffets.

Sloppy Joe perfectionists insist on a lightly toasted bun, but the choice is up to the individual host.

Sloppy Joe sandwiches are soft by nature, so Kettle chips are a great pairing. The contrast in texture and saltiness of the chips pair well with the tomato-based sandwich.

Football celebrations are in full swing, so how about a sloppy Joe buffet. Hot sauce, chips, pickles, pickled jalapenos, coleslaw and potato salad are some of the lip-smacking accompaniments.

If you like sloppy Joes, you are going to love this spin of one of America’s favorite lunches. Set aside your manners, sloppy Joes are finger-licking good. Enjoy!

Sloppy Joe Sliders

Ingredients

3 pounds ground beef

19 ounces sweet and Italian sausage

8 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

5 cloves garlic, minced

1 large yellow onion

1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and stem removed

1 orange bell pepper, seeded and stem removed

1 poblano pepper, seeded and stem removed

1 small yellow squash, seeds removed

1 small zucchini, seeds removed

3 carrots, peeled

3 stalks celery, finely sliced

8 ounces baby portobellas, finely sliced

2 cups chicken broth

3 (24 ounce) cans Manwich

kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

slider rolls

kettle chips

1. In a large pressure cooker, heat 4 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Sauté ground beef until done. Break down any clumps.

Place meat in a mesh strainer to remove any excess fat. Set meat aside.

2. Remove casings from sausage and cook in pressure cooker until fully cooked. Again, strain for excess fat and set aside.

3. Place all of the vegetables except for the celery and mushrooms, small amounts at a time, into a food processor and pulse until they are finely chopped.

4. Add remaining olive oil and sauté vegetables until very soft, about 10 minutes, in the same pressure cooker.

5. Slice the celery and mushrooms and add to the sauteed vegetables.

6. Combine cooked meats, chicken stock, Manwich, salt and pepper to taste to the cooked vegetables. Simmer Sloppy Joe mixture in the pressure cooker with the lid on for 1 one hour or until all vegetables are fork tender.

7. Serve over mini slider rolls and accompany with Kettle chips.

* Sloppy Joe freezes well and can be frozen for future use.

Secret Ingredient – Small Pieces. “It’s always the small pieces that make the big picture.”

– Denise Luntraru

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