Organic Sloppy Joe Sandwich Recipe

Organic Sloppy Joe Sandwich Recipe
When I was a child, I just loved the taste of Sloppy Joe sandwiches. Of course, I liked the sauce from the can. My mother, a thrifty soul, always thought that she could do better and make the sandwiches cheaper by using her own catsup recipe. Those never quite hit the spot with me. Now, with high fructose corn syrup in almost every processed food, I was hard-pressed to have a genuine Sloppy Joe. Fortunately, the good folks at Full Circle Foods and Kirkland Signature came to my aid. Using organic products from these companies, below you will find a recipe for a great sloppy joe that is full of organic goodness.

The Full Circle Sloppy Joe Sauce is made from organic products. The weirdest thing on the label is xanthan gum. Xanthan gum thickens liquid without adding gluten. The list of ingredients contains dehydrated vegetables for seasoning. I would guess that they used these dehydrated veggies to keep it as close in taste as possible to some of the mainstream Sloppy Joe sauces. Here is a list of ingredients: Tomato Puree (Water, Tomato Paste), Sugar, Distilled Vinegar, Less than 2% of: Salt, Soluble Corn Fiber, Dehydrated Onions, Dehydrated Green and Red Bell Peppers, Tomato Fiber, Chili Peppers, Natural Flavors, Sea Salt, Spices, Xanthan Gum, Dehydrated Garlic.

Each quarter cup serving has 35 calories. It provides 5 grams of usable carbohydrate in the form of sugars. You can get 10% of your Vitamin C in a serving of this sloppy joe sauce. There are small amounts of Vitamin A, iron, and calcium.

Kirkland Signature, the Costco store brand, has expanded its organic and natural product lines. They currently sell a fresh organic ground beef that is packaged as a 3-pack with a total weight of four pounds. The cost is above what you would pay for regular 85% lean ground beef, but it is less expensive than most organic ground beef. This organic beef is a lean product that is quite tasty. It is well suited to hamburgers and Sloppy Joe sandwiches.

I use one of my trusty iron skillets to brown the burger. They are well-seasoned, and the meat doesn't stick. Tomatoes are acidic, and if you cook them in iron, they take on some of the coloration of the iron. If you don't mind the extra iron and dark coloring, add the other ingredients into your iron skillet and simmer. Otherwise, transfer the meat to a non-reactive pan, add the other ingredients and simmer. The super-easy recipe is below.

Organic Sloppy Joe Sandwich Recipe


1- 1 ¼ pound organic ground beef (I used Kirkland Signature.)
1 tablespoon organic extra virgin olive oil - optional (Omit this if you can brown your burger without it.)
1 can of Full Circle Organic Sloppy Joe Sauce
1 tablespoon organic brown sugar
¼ teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon organic Worcestershire sauce (optional)
Split buns from the bakery or thick sliced bread for open face

In a heavy skillet, brown the organic beef burger until it loses its pink color. I sprinkle a little salt into my iron skillet. After adding the beef in chunks, I stir it as it cooks and break the chunks into small pieces. Add two cups of hot water, and bring the contents of the skillet to a boil, then turn the heat down until the pan is just simmering. Cook until all of the liquid is absorbed. This step takes about 30 minutes, but it yields a very tender, melt-in-your-mouth ground beef.

Next, add the Sloppy Joe sauce, brown sugar, paprika, and Worcestershire sauce, if desired. The added ingredients give the sauce a brighter flavor. When the sauce starts to bubble around the edges, turn the heat to low and cook the Sloppy Joe mixture until the sauce is the thickness that you desire. I like my meat rather dry, so I cook it until most of the sauce is absorbed. This takes about 15 minutes. Stir the mixture every couple of minutes, so that the sauce will not stick and burn. Remove the pan from the heat and put it on the buns. You can grill the buns in olive oil for some extra texture and taste. This sandwich filling may be made a day ahead of time and re-heated.

Cans of Sloppy Joe sauce tell you to brown the burger and pour the sauce in. Then, just heat for 5 minutes. My recipe helps to tenderize and develop the flavors in the meat by cooking it longer. It you want to "stretch" your meat budget, add some sautéed peppers and onions. Sloppy Joes are delicious with plain potato chips and a mixed salad. A Clementine tangerine makes a delightful and nutritious dessert.

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