Curry’s Culinary Corner: Sloppy Joes

The name sounds funny but man they’re some good eats! So where did this serious good eats get its silly sounding name?

According to Marilyn Brown, Director of the Consumer Test Kitchen at H.J. Heinz in Pittsburgh, their research at the Carnegie Library suggests that the sloppy joe began in a Sioux City, Iowa cafe as a “loose meat sandwich” in 1930, the creation of a cook named Joe. Thanks, Joe! (The American Century Cookbook: The Most Popular Recipes of the 20th Century, Jean Anderson).

So if Joe invented it, and I cooked it, would that make it a Sloppy Curry? Personally, I think it has a nice ring to it. In order to make your own Sloppy (insert your name), you will need a few simple ingredients.

1 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 cup chopped onion
2/3 cup chopped green pepper
2 lb. Fresh Angus ground beef 80/20
3 cups Heinz® Tomato Ketchup
¼ cup brown sugar
2 tbsp. Heinz® Worcestershire Sauce
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper

Heat oil in a large frying pan set over medium-high heat. Cook onion and pepper for 5 minutes. Add beef to the pan. Cook, stirring until browned, about 5 to 10 minutes. Drain off fat. Stir in ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper. Simmer over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes or until slightly thickened. Serve on sandwich buns.

I like to top my Sloppy Curry’s with sliced dill pickles. Top your Sloppy (insert your name) with your favorite topping.

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Written by Angus Brands’ Jeff Curry