Sweet and Sour Sloppy Joes


Sweet and sour sloppy joes

And to think I once thought Sloppy Joes could never be classy.  Psssssssssh, you guys these are so classy they should be featured in Anchor Man 2. Should I send a batch down to San Diego? It turns out when you mix together green onions, a little soy sauce, ginger, tomato paste, brown sugar, and grass-fed ground beef  you’re in for the tastiest, Asian inspired sandwich EVER. I say sandwich because I feel like Sloppy Joe has a negative connotation? No? Ok, Sloppy Joe it is.

If you’re like me and think Sloppy Joes are kindaaaaa gross, think again. This. recipe. will. blow. your. mind. And by mind I mean tastebuds.

Sweet and Sour Sloppy Joes

You guys, are you subscribed to Real Simple magazine? Because you should be. This recipe stems from there, and I can’t tell you HOW AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS these Sloppy Joes turned out.  Actually I can tell you, because here I am typing this out and telling you right now. Duh. But seriously, every recipe I try from Real Simple always, always, always turns out to be a winner. The weeknight meals section is like the highlight of my month (I have such an exciting life),  and when I receive my  Real Simple, I get cozy on the couch and pick out which recipes I want to try. More often than not, I end up trying all five recipes they feature and am never disappointed. So there’s my Real Simple pitch and I hope I’ve convinced you.

In other news, do you hoard Asian ingredients like I do? I feel like whenever I go to the store and see a rice vinegar, low sodium soy sauce, and toasted sesame oil I just buy it. And then I come home and realize I have three bottles of each have to figure out how to use them. So if you’re a hoarder like me, always make sure you have green onions, ginger, and garlic on hand. Because that’s your trifecta for Asian infused dishes. And then make these Sloppy Joes. Oh if you have rosemary rolls put this meaty goodness between them.

Also I tried my first Diptic!

Sweet and Sour Sloppy Joes



Now go get sloppy.

Sweet & Sour Sloppy Joes
Serves: 4
  • 2 tbs grape seed oil
  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped
  • 1 tbs ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 pound grassfed ground beef
  • ¼ cup low sodium soy sauce
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • 2 tbs light brown sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat and add the scallions and ginger. Cook until softened, about 2 minutes.
  2. Add the beef and cook. Break it up with a spoon until browned, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the soy sauce, tomato paste, sugar, ¼ teaspoon pepper, and ½ cup water.
  4. Simmer until mixture has thickened. About 5-7 minutes.
  5. Serve between your favorite rolls or buns.



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