Monday, June 4, 2012

Sloppy Joes

The recipe comes from Cook's Illustrated, The best 30-minute recipe book, which is pretty much the best cookbook I have ever owned. Mark and I love this recipe, and we like it best served with moneray jack cheese. Yum!

Serves 4

2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
1 onion, minced
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
2 Garlic cloves, minced
1 pound 85 percent lean ground beef
1 cup tomato puree
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon brown sugar
Tabasco sauce
1 hamburger buns

1. Saute Aromatics: Heat oil in 12-inch skillet over medium heat until shimmering.  Add onion, chili powder, and 1/2 teaspoon salt and cook until onion is softened, about 5 minutes.  Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
2. Cook Beef: Add beef and cook, breaking up meat with wooden spoon, until almost cooked through, but still slightly pink, about 3 minutes.
3. Simmer Sauce: Stir in tomato puree, ketchup, water, brown sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon Tabasco.  Simmer until sauce is slightly thicker than ketchup, 8 to 10 minutes.
4. Season and Assemble Sandwiches: Season with salt and Tabasco to taste.  Spoon meat mixture into hamburger buns and serve.