Wednesday, April 7, 2010


I love the recipes I grew up on. No matter what new things I have learned, and new tastes I have acquired, I still always yearn for what I was raised on. The thing is....what I was raised what my mother and father were raised on. There a handful of recipes that have been passed down for generations that are tried and true family pleasing favorites. I think every family has a similar story....classic recipes made by someone in your family.....that no matter how good it may be somewhere else, it will never be as good as what you were raised on.
My favorite family recipes are pretty much the basics like....tacos....spaghetti sauce....sloppy joes.....barbecue chicken...lasagna....pineapple ice cream... and angel food cake. I would love to know what recipes you hold dear to your heat, and what makes them so special. Start thinking about it now, because next week I am having a CONTEST! I know...I am so excited. I'll give you all the details in a couple of days.
In the meantime, here is a recipe for Sloppy Joes, or Spoon burgers. Sloppy Joes you ask? You mean MANWICH? NO!!!!! Traditionally, this is a pretty basic recipe. It is usually made with some sort of tomato sauce, garlic, onion and green peppers. My mother made it with a can of chicken gumbo soup (thus, the rice in the recipe), but I have made it a bit more complicated because I like to cook from scratch and deprive myself of all that canned sodium and stuff. When I have leftover rice from dinner or Chinese take out, I will just pop it in the freezer in a zip lock baggie and pull it out when I need it. Otherwise, it isn't necessary to add rice, but you should try it. Anther thing....if you like your sloppy joes to be a bit more on the BBQ side, just add a teaspoon of liquid smoke to the recipe and it will get you there. I hope you love it as much as I do. Don't skimp on the soft buns though, they can make or break the deal.

Sloppy Joes

2 lbs. ground beef
1 cup onion, diced
1 cup green bell pepper, diced
2 tablespoons garlic,minced
1 cup cooked rice
1 cup chili sauce
1/2 cup ketchup
1 Tablespoon cider vinegar
1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon ground pepper
1/2 cup water

In heavy skillet over high heat, brown the ground beef, onion and peppers together, chopping the beef into small pieces as you cook it. Cook the meat through and then add all the remaining ingredients together and mix well. Simmer over medium heat for twenty minutes. Serve with fresh buns.

or you could have a Manwich-recipe s follows:

Tomato Puree Water, Tomato Paste , Distilled Vinegar , Sugar , Less than 2% of: , Salt , Dehydrated Onions , Dehydrated Red & Green Bell Peppers , Chile Pepper , Tomato Fiber , Spices , Guar Gum , Xanthan Gum , Oregano , Dehydrated Garlic , Locust Bean Gum , Natural Flavors


Shamrocks and Shenanigans said...

I just left you an award! You can pick it up at Shamrock and Shenanigans

bonnie said...

great recipe...we love these at my house..oh man we have lots of family favs..tacos, stews, breads..yum


Reeni said...

I love sloppy joes! Especially homemade ones. I have a hankering for one now. I thought of a recipe already - it just came to me like a lightning bolt from the sky.

Marly said...

I love it - a recipe for homemade sloppy joes. We're vegan, but this looks super easy to veganize. We'll just replace the meat with soy-based meat crumbles. We've been using a veggie sloppy joe mix, but this looks a lot better. Thanks!

Sara said...

Thanks for the award Shamrocks and Shenanigans. Bonnie, I am posting a taco recipe it to yours. Reenie...I look forward to yours...your hamburger was so yummy looking. Marly, believe it or not, I do like to use those soy crumbles, check out my tacos.