Sloppy Joes – Delishar | Singapore Cooking, Recipe, and Lifestyle Blog

Quick fix dinner at it’s best! There is really not much prep and not much cooking done for this meal. It’s really quite difficult to make sloppy joe look presentable too. I know it is meant to be sloppy but at the same time it has to look somewhat appetizing right? I might try to add some grated carrots into this recipe the next time round, and perhaps some jalapenos too!

sloppy joes process

Sloppy Joes

Delishar

  • 300 g minced beef
  • 1/2 med yellow onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 stalk celery diced
  • 1/8 cup green pepper diced
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1.5 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp american mustard
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 4 burger buns toasted
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • In a COLD pan, add beef, and onion.

  • Turn heat to med-high.

  • Once beef is browned, add garlic.

  • Then add celery and green pepper.

  • Saute.

  • Add mustard, cumin, ketchup, sugar, and season with salt and pepper.

  • Bring everything to boil, lower heat.

  • Then let it simmer and reduce.

  • It should be of a thick sticky consistency.

  • Serve on toasted burger buns.

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Sloppy Joe Macaroni Casserole – Delishar

Sunday is usually the busiest day of the week for us. Our help goes for her well deserved day off, and we get  the house to ourselves, and lovely time to bond with the kids. It can also be pretty trying for me, as I then have to assume the role of the housekeeper. That would mean cleaning up, picking up toys, crumbs all over the house, cooking, washing up again, making sure everybody is fed, and at the same time caring for the kids. The husband is wonderful with the kids, but he also makes a mess of the house & kitchen with the many unwashed plates, 7 drinking glasses, 5 towels, 10 pairs of shorts, and 10 t-shirts a day. Honey, if you are reading this, I still love you! 😉 A wife have got to vent sometimes, right? Anyway, there are some Sundays, the neighbours in our estate get together for the kids to have a little play-date while the adults eat, drink, and be merry. It’s always a really fun time for both the adults and children. We each bring one or two dishes to share, and the other mummies are really really good cooks, so it’s always a feast! So this was what I made for that get together a couple of Sundays ago. Something simple, that didn’t require a lot of prep-work or cooking. Something that’s great to bring to a pot-luck party.

PS. If you prefer the usual Sloppy Joes, check out the recipe here: Sloppy Joes!

Ingredients (makes 6 servings)

  •  400g ground beef
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can tomato sauce, 15 oz
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 2 cups of macaroni
  • 1-2 cups shredded red cheddar & mozzarella mix (I like mine cheeeeeesy)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method
Preheat oven to 200C
Add brown sugar, tomato sauce, vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce together.
Cook your macaroni just shy of al dente in salted water.
Drain and set aside.
In a cold pan, add oil and beef, turn heat to med high.
Season beef with salt and pepper.
When beef is browned, add garlic, onion, pepper, and celery.
Saute for 5 mins, then add tomato sauce mixture and beef broth.
Allow sauce to simmer until thickened. But make sure there is still sauce, we don’t want a dry baked casserole do we? 🙂
Remove from heat.
Add in the cooked macaroni, toss well.
Transfer to baking dish, and top with cheese.
Bake till cheese is melted and slightly browned (about 15mins).

Allow to cool for 5-10 mins before serving.
Bon appetit!!

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Sloppy Joe Shepherd’s Pie – Delishar

 What happens when I can’t decide if I want sloppy Joe or shepherd’s pie? I put them both together, and the result was yum! I topped my Shepherd’s pie with cheese for an extra something something. If you can get your hands on some yukon potatoes, I’d suggest using them.

Personally, I prefer yukon to russet as the result of the mash turns out to taste more superior with a creamier texture plus it adds a deeper yellow gold colour to your dish. However, yukon will need longer cooking time to break down it’s starch so that it is mashable. What kind of potatoes do you like for your mash? 

 

Sloppy Joe Shepherd’s Pie

Delishar

Mashed Potatoes

  • 2 large russet potatoes cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1-2 tbsp butter
  • Salt and pepper

Shepherd’s Pie

  • Prepared mashed potatoes
  • 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup shredded cheese mozzarella & cheddar mix
  • 300 g minced beef
  • 1/2 med yellow onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1-2 stalk celery diced
  • 1/8 cup red pepper diced
  • 1/8 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp american mustard
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • salt and pepper to taste

Mashed Potatoes

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to boil.

  • Add potatoes and boil for 15-18 mins or until easily pierced through with fork.

  • Drain water, add butter, and milk.

  • Mash and season with salt and pepper to taste.

  • You may need more milk if you want a creamier consistency.

Shepherd’s Pie

  • Preheat oven to 175C.

  • In a COLD pan, add beef, and onion.

  • Turn heat to med-high.

  • Once beef is browned, add garlic.

  • Then add celery and green pepper, then saute.

  • Add mustard, cumin, ketchup, sugar, and season with salt and pepper.

  • Bring everything to boil, lower heat.

  • Then let it simmer to reduce and thicken sauce.

  • Layer baking dish with sloppy joe.

  • Top with mashed potatoes.

  • Then sprinkle cheese on to of mashed potatoes.

  • Bake for 20-30 minutes until cheese nicely melted.

 

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