Wednesday, August 15, 2012

No Manwich In This House!

I was trying to think of something to make for dinner.  I had turkey and buns. I didn't want burgers, so I settled on Sloppy Joe's.  I was on the phone with my friend, Annie, while deciding what to make.  I told her I was looking for a recipe on Pinterest for Sloppy Joe's.  She asked, "How do you make those? I always use Manwich!" Come to find out after surveying my friends, many of them make Sloppy Joe's with Manwich.

So here, Annie, is how you make Sloppy Joe's!

Serves 4| Hands-On Time: 15m| Total Time: 15m

1 tablespoon canola oil
1 pound ground turkey
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup barbecue sauce
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
kosher salt and black pepper
4 hamburger buns

  1. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the turkey, onion, and garlic and cook, breaking the meat up with a spoon, until browned, 3 to 5 minutes.
  2. Mix the tomato sauce, sugar, barbecue sauce, and Worcestershire into the turkey mixture; season with ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Reduce heat and simmer until thickened, 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Eat them and sing "Sloppy Joes, slop, sloppy Joes"

Adapted from

Edited to add:
After showing my mom this post, and talking with her, I learned that she always made homemade Sloppy Joe's.  She refused to use Manwich.  I hardly ever remember my mom cooking. She hates cooking, but I guess she can cook real things when she needs to!  She also never made us Chef Boyardee, frozen meals, or Hamburger Helper.  Maybe that's why I can't stand those foods! What about your childhood food experience? Did you eat canned and boxed meals? 

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