Monday, December 7, 2009

Sloppy Joes and Kaiser Rolls

Some things are guaranteed in my little corner of the world. For example, every Sunday night I will cook part of a boneless turkey breast. Sunday through Thursday, a large chunk of meat (3 to 6 pounds, depending upon that day's population), a starch, two veggies (one of which must be green), bread and dessert will leave my kitchen and head for the table. Friday and Saturday night are supposed to be my nights off. Honestly, it was part of our marraige vows that I didn't have to cook on weekends. Now, that hasn't held true consistently since 1993, and not at all in this decade, but I still consider those my "nights off", and will only grudgingly cook pasta or stew or something similar.

So, Saturday night, in the midst of the snow irritating me, I decided I wanted Sloppy Joes. I have never cooked these since the day we were married. Ryan recognized them, having seen them in school lunches that other children ate before we took up homeschooling, but Patrick was dubious. Nonetheless, everyone declared these wonderful.

First, for the rolls...


1-1/2 cups water
6 tsp yeast
4 cups flour
1-1/2 tsp sugar
2 tsp salt
4 tsp gluten

2 tbsp vegetable oil

Sprinkle the yeast on the water, and add the other ingredients according to my earlier posted directions, OR just mix it up in your bread machine and shut it off after the first kneading. Let the dough rise 15 minutes, then dump it on a liberally floured surface (but not a granite countertop - it's too cold for bread dough). Form into 8 circles, squished down pretty hard, on a greased baking tray. Let them rise until doubled in size, then bake at 375F for 18 to 20 minutes, until the desired degree of brown is reached on the outside surface. Dust the flour off the tops and they're ready for Sloppy Joes or any other magnificent sandwich

2 pounds ground beef
2 minced onions
1 tsp salt
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp chili powder
4 chopped tomatoes

2 tbsp tomato paste
1/4 cup quick cooking oats

Brown up the ground beef with the onions until cooked through, and drain. Add the spices and stir well, then stir in the tomatoes and paste. Let it simmer about 5 minutes, to let the tomatoes soften, then stir in the oats to thicken the sauce. Cook a couple of minutes longer, and serve on big, soft rolls with plenty of napkins.

Patrick explained that it's a good thing he had seen chili dogs while at college, and the first time he saw one, he asked the guy why someone had barfed on his hot dog. His reaction to this might have been the same had he not had these experiences. I guess the fact that he had never seen a chili dog prior to college also tells you something about my cooking style.

And, for the record, I ate my Sloppy Joe open faced, with a fork and knife, and saved half of my roll for Thor. He was grateful to eat something other than Bites & Bones.


pam said...

Sloppy joes on homemade kaiser rolls - that's not cafeteria food!! I pretty much cook on the weekends too, it's just so expensive to go out.

Shelby said...

I love sloppy joes - Grumpy taught me to eat it with coleslaw on top and it is so yummy that way!

Christo Gonzales said...

your kaiser rolls look perfect - did you dust them with flour for the second rising? My little exotic kid is probably going to want me to pack his lunch even in college - he wont touch the school lunch - pretty funny about Patrick and the chili dog (Patrick is my brothers name BTW)

Kapitein Haakje said...

hmmmm those sloopy joes look good, we never knew how to make them.
Sanne is gonna make some :D
we hope that we get some to :D

El'bow & Hauwii

Ann Made Studio said...

Great idea. Sloppy Joe's on Keiser rolls would be delicious!

Mickle in NZ said...

"Squished down" - Dad does that to his bread rolls too.

This time next week I'll have just arrived at their place for two weeks of taking over the kitchen, though I'll let Dad continue making his great bread!

Happy huggles to all,

Michelle and Zebby

gMarie said...

I love that you served sloppy joes on china! Cracks me up. I cook most nights too - although we don't always have the veggies (I'm really bad that way).

However I realized something the other night, when I fix meat, starch and veggie - I always call it "real dinner." Anything else is fake dinner - even casserole/soup/stew that have all the elements. Funny, no? g

~~louise~~ said...

I'm not much of a Sloppy Joe kinda person myself but the thought of that "sloppy mess" on those beautiful rolls makes me think I should try them again.

Thanks for sharing, Marjie. It's so nice to "see" you again!

buffalodick said...

Call them "Untidy Josephs"- you can charge more!

SissySees said...

A firehouse staple, only they don't get homemade rolls. I do swing by the bakery though...

grace said...

no, no, no, marjie--you MUST eat sloppy joes such that the filling ends up all down your shirt and on your pants. that's a rule. no forks allowed. :)

Pam said...

I like mine open faced too. I could really go for a sloppy joe right now.