Once Scott and & were married, as we tried to find common ground on our meals, we agreed we had both like the sloppy joes served at school. So I tried the spice packet and we were in love with the dish. I really don’t know why I didn’t just call Aunt Vi, she who had the school’s recipes. Seems, all you needed to do was ask a school cook and they would give out a sheaf of papers with all their recipes!
I found a recipe in a magazine about 25 years ago and tried it. It was as close to what we had eaten at school as possible. I was telling Aunt Vi about it and she gave a disgusted laugh, she of the Extension Ladies Cooking, Needlework, Arts & Crafts Club. Then we both had a good laugh over how we never seem to remember to ask our family if they can help out with a problem!
Here is the way I now make Sloppy Joes:Sloppy Joes
1 pound lean ground beef
½ cup onion, chopped
½ cup celery, chopped
½ cup ketchup
¼ cup sweet pickle juice
1 TPSP worchestershire sauce
1 small can tomato paste or a 14 oz can of tomato sauce
- ½ cup water – not needed if using the tomato sauce
- Heat a non-stick skillet to hot
- Add the ground beef, onion, and celery
- Allow the ingredients to BROWN!
- Drain if it’s too greasy
- Add ketchup, pickle juice, worchestershire sauce, and tomato paste/water or tomato sauce, stir to combine
- Let simmer a minimum of 10 minutes up to 2 hours. The longer it simmers the better the flavor
- Serve over toasted buns with a green salad and dill pickles