I was born on Capitol Hill in Washington DC. My mom, Izetta, was born in Tennessee and raised in Waterford, Virginia. My dad, Charles Irving, was born in a small town outside of Leesburg, Virginia. Most of my aunts and uncles remained in Virginia. We would drive to the country every Sunday and had wonderful Sunday dinners with relatives. My mom would help cook in their big country kitchens. Nothing says comfort like southern food and. . .good ole' hospitality is truly a southern tradition.
Tuesday, June 2, 2020
CLASSIC SLOPPY JOES
My family always loved this recipe for Sloppy Joes. My kids would get so excited knowing we were having Sloppy Joes for dinner. They thought it was so much fun to eat a sloppy hamburger type sandwich. My husband and I like hot sauce on top of ours. You can also make these into sliders, which is a little less messy to eat.
1 T avocado oil
2 lbs lean ground beef
½ yellow onion, finely diced 1 small green bell pepper, finely diced 1 small jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced (optional)
2 cloves garlic, pressed or minced 1 15-oz can tomato sauce
½ cup ketchup 1 T tomato paste 2 T brown sugar
1 T chile powder
1 T red wine vinegar
1 T dry mustard
1 T Worcestershire sauce
1 t paprika
1 t sea salt
½ t black pepper
Hamburger or Kaiser buns, lightly buttered and toasted on a griddle.
In a very large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat, add oil and swirl around in the pan.
Add the ground beef and brown, while breaking it up with a wooden spoon.
Add onion and cook another 5 minutes.
Add the bell pepper, jalapeño, and garlic and continue cooking for another 3 minutes.
Reduced the heat to medium and add the rest of the ingredients.
Stir to combine, reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes.
Using an ice cream scoop, pile onto buns.
Serve with your favorite hot sauce and a green salad or you can top with coleslaw.