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Hearty Sloppy Joes

14 Mar

This weekend marks the end of spring break for us.  The kiddos might not be ready for the end of their vacation from school, but let’s just say I’m good with resuming their school schedule.  The ongoing freeze has made it hard to spend time outside during spring break this year.  Three kids plus a new puppy under one roof equals one exhausted mommy.  Thus, I packed everyone in the car today (puppy included) for a good romp in the empty, snow-laden park fields.  Energy outlet galore!

Hearty Sloppy Joes

Days of chaos render little time for padding around in my kitchen.  Crazy days like these call for simple yet fool proof meals.  Meals that everyone will happily run to the dinner table for.  Meals that can be made ahead of time and easily served.

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These tasty sloppy joes are one of my favorite go-to recipes for crazy weeknights.  If I know the next day is going to be hectic, I like to prep the ingredients for sloppy joes the night before.  Then, all I have to do is put it on the stove the next day.  Easy.  Hugely flavorful.  Satisfying.

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I often use ground turkey for my sloppy joes, but ground beef works well.  My guys inhale this stuff, and it makes enough for leftovers, which taste amazing!    Be sure to have enough buns on hand, as it’s easy to polish off several of these at one sitting.

Enjoy something yummy for your chaotic days 🙂

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RECIPE (approx. 10 servings)

INGREDIENTS

2 lbs lean ground turkey (or beef)
1 chopped brown onion
1 chopped green bell pepper
2 TB olive oil
4 cloves chopped garlic
1 TB mustard
2 cups ketchup
1 cup tomato paste
2 TB brown sugar
2 tsp kosher salt, divided
2 tsp freshly ground black pepper, divided
Shredded cheddar cheese for topping
Buns

DIRECTIONS

In a large pan, brown meat with 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp pepper over medium heat.  Drain and set aside.

In same pan over medium heat, stir together olive oil, onion, green pepper, garlic, 1 tsp kosher salt, 1 tsp pepper until veggies are soft.  Drain liquids.  Add back the browned meat to pan.

Stir in mustard, ketchup, tomato paste, and brown sugar.  Stir to incorporate well.  Bring to simmer.  Let simmer for 30 minutes, covered.  Can be made ahead of time, and reheated for serving.

Serve warm, with shredded cheddar cheese on hamburger buns.

Source:  Chew Out Loud

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Ultimate Bacon ‘n Egg Burger with Roasted Garlic Mayo

31 Jul Egg Burger Roasted Garlic Mayo

I can’t help it.  Every time I see pictures of big, juicy burgers, I feel the need to take a bite.  Whether it’s flipping through a magazine, surfing food blogs, or passing a colorful billboard… my eyes and stomach linger on the pretty burger.  Burgers have come a long way – what used to be simple fast food has become a canvas for diverse gourmet creations.  I’m of the variety who likes to try new things at least once.  The first time I tried a burger featuring a gooey good egg, I fell for it.   This summer, I grilled us up some juicy bacon ‘n egg burgers.

Egg Burger Roasted Garlic Mayo

Ultimate Egg Burger, fully loaded with good stuff

Yeah, I am a fan of almost anything involving eggs.  And avocados.  And bacon and sauteed mushrooms.  Melty cheese and crisp arugula?  Those, too.

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Ultimate Egg Burger – topped off with roasted garlic mayo

This burger would be fantastic with just mayo or mustard, but since I’m a huge garlic fanatic (freak, really), I doctored up the mayo with roasted garlic.  Make this roasted garlic mayo, and you’ll have an awesome condiment for any burger, sandwich, burrito, etc. etc.  If you haven’t roasted garlic in awhile (or ever), here’s how to do a fool proof roasted garlic.

Ultimate Egg burger

Ultimate Egg Burger – get your napkin ready for eggy goodness to drip. Hey, if it’s that good, it’s gotta be messy!

You can, of course, cook your eggs to your preferred doneness.  I crave a bit of runny egg yolk, so I do mine over easy.  Enjoy the rest of summer with another great burger!

RECIPE (4 large burgers)

INGREDIENTS

2 lbs good ground beef (80/20)
4 eggs
8 slices bacon, cooked and drained
1 avocado, sliced and drenched in lemon juice
1 vine-ripened tomato, sliced
arugula
1 package sliced mushrooms
2 cloves garlic, minced
havarti or cheddar cheese slices
roasted garlic mayo*
salt and pepper
6 TB light olive oil

DIRECTIONS

Make roasted garlic mayo (recipe below).  Keep in fridge.

Liberally season beef with salt and pepper.  Shape into 4 large patties, and set aside at room temp.

Heat 2 TB oil and garlic in saute pan  for about 1-2 minutes.  Saute mushrooms until just soft.  Remove from heat.  Drain and set aside.

Heat up 2 TB oil in large nonstick pan on medium high.  Crack two eggs directly into pan and sprinkle on salt and pepper.  After about 30 seconds to 1 minute, carefully flip to other side, taking care not to break yolks.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper again and cook another 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until your desired doneness.  Heat up another 2 TB oil and repeat with other 2 eggs.  Remove from heat.

Grill burgers to medium rare or medium.  Keep warm.

Assemble your burgers:  Spread garlic mayo on buns.  Layer on arugula, tomato, avocado, bacon, mushrooms, and warm beef patties.  Place sliced cheese over warm patties.  Top with eggs.

*  Recipe for 1/2 cup of Roasted Garlic Mayo:  Roast 1 head of garlic (how to roast garlic).   Mash up roasted garlic.  Mix well with 1/2 cup mayonnaise.  Mix in 1 TB lemon juice and 1 tsp paprika.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Mix well.  Lasts for up to a week in fridge.

Source:  Chew Out Loud

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