Saturday, January 26, 2013

spicy sloppy janes sliders


i love sloppy joes {since we make ours with turkey i call them janes} they were one of the few foods i would eat as a kid.. my mom would buy that can of sloppy joe mix* and my heart would sing.. they ultimately became jake's favorite and if i wanted to cheer him up or just make him happy i would make sloppy joes.. i ditched the can version about 25 or so years ago and have been making them from scratch ever since.. i switch up the ingredients and what not but pretty much stay true to the old fashion recipe.. but wouldn't you know it shell hates them.. like throws a fit and won't eat and then gets mad i intentionally made something she hates.. why am i not surprised she hates hot dogs too and cried when she was 5 and ordered oysters rockefeller at the local pizza place and got chicken fingers instead.. i created a food snob.. i know it.. so i have to live with it.. so on nights she won't be around for dinner i make sloppy janes.. and i am one happy girl.. or lady.. or old lady whatever is pc to say.. try 'em.. i bet you will like them too..


spicy sloppy janes

prep time: 15 minutes
cooking time: 25 minutes
servings: 4

8 hawaiian dinner roll, split and toasted
1 lb. ground turkey
1/2 onion, chopped small
1-2 jalapeno, chopped small {depending on how hot you want it}
1/2 any color bell pepper, chopped small
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tblsp. tomato paste
1/2 tblsp. brown sugar
1 tblsp. red wine vinegar
2 tsp. smokey hot paprika
1/2 cup chili sauce {in the ketchup isle not the asian kind}
1/2 cup chicken broth
salt and pepper
olive oil
spicy bbq chips {optional}

heat two twirls around a large saute pan of olive oil over medium heat.. add turkey and cook until no longer pink and is crumbly.. add onions, peppers and garlic.. cook for about 3-4 minutes more.. add tomato paste and cook for about a minutes.. add chicken broth and cook for another 3-5 minutes.. you want the tomato paste well incorporated and making a thick red sauce.. add brown sugar, vinegar, paprika and salt and pepper.. stir and reduce heat and allow to simmer for 20 minutes.. make sure everything is well incorporated.. toast your rolls and top with your sloppy jane mixture.. i like to crush up spicy bbq, the hawaiian kind over my meat.. i am potato chip on my sandwich kinda girl.. pete likes to take sliced onion and cheese on his.. this spicy yet sweet version is so yummy.. perfect for a quick week night meal or sunday lunch..

*UPDATE: i was corrected my mom didn't use the manwich can she used the package where you added meat and tomato paste.. either way i loved that as a kid *smile*

enjoy and get cook'n!!!

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