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Friday, November 23, 2012

Sloppy Joe's and Lunch Lady Land

My husband's favorite meal is Sloppy Joe's. It always seems to make him smile when he sees it on my menu for the week! We have them about once a month because I know he loves them! They're really simple to make - even without the canned sauce stuff!

Depending on how "sloppy" you like your Joe's, will determine how long you need to simmer the filling. Personally, I don't like them too sloppy, so I tend to cook it for the longer period of time. 

I don't know why, and maybe it's a generational thing - I'm sure people my age know the song. I cannot say Sloppy Joe's without thinking of Lunch Lady Land .... and singing "Sloppy Joe, sloppy, Sloppy Joe" just like the song .... I am so sorry if you're singing it along with me me now :) If you have never heard it ... I have the video just for ya .....

You will never think of Sloppy Joe's the same way again. You are welcome.

Joking. Totally joking, except really, you will always think of this song when you hear "Sloppy Joe" ... or maybe it's just me?! 

For the record, I think Lunch Ladies get such a bad rap. My lunch ladies never were this bad ... and honestly, my school lunch experience wasn't that awful either. Of course, back when I was a kid, they actually made real food - not just pizza, burgers, hot dogs and chicken nuggets. Truthfully, I even enjoyed some of the school food! 

Anyways, we were talking about making our own Sloppy Joe's ....

Sloppy Joe's
Printable recipe
Yield: 6-8 servings
1 lb. ground beef
1 small onion, chopped
1 small green pepper, chopped
2 tbsp. brown sugar
1 tbsp. yellow mustard
1 tbsp. vinegar
½ tsp. salt
¾ cup ketchup
Hamburger buns, toasted if desired
Brown and crumble the beef in a medium skillet. Drain. Add the remaining ingredients except the hamburger buns and simmer for 20-30 minutes. Serve on hamburger buns.
Are you still thinking "Sloppy Joe, sloppy, Sloppy Joe"? LOL
I hope you enjoy!

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  1. This is the same recipe for "bbq" that I grew up on, minus the salt and using white sugar. My husband loves it. I like to make a big batch, browning the beef, onions, and green peppers, and letting cook in the slower cooker; makes the house smell great!

  2. I'm laughing extra loud right now because I went to college with Adam Sandler and have vivid memories of him performing strange songs in our dorm talent shows. My lunch ladies weren't that bad what scared me were the "hall monitors" One wore a pink uniform like in the video, we called her "the pink lady." I love sloppy joes and will give your recipe a try. Thanks for sharing it on foodie friday.

  3. I love "sloppy joes" or what we call barbeques. I have a similar recipe that my father obtained from a luncheonette and it was a big seller there.
    Thanks for sharing.

    We may have met by chance...but we become friends by choice.

  4. My husband sings that when I make sloppy joes, too! Thanks for sharing at Must Try Monday!

  5. We used to have sloppy joes all the time. Haven't had them in recent years. We're into chicken and fish. :) Thanks for the recipe. I'm following you on Twitter and Google + and would love a follow back. Thanks, Linda

  6. Jamie,
    You just reminded me that I haven't had a good Sloppy Joe in a while, this sounds so good. Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  7. hey Jamie,
    I love sloppy joes. I am giving this recipe to one of my son's because he does also and this is an easy one. Thanks for sharing with Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop. Have a great week.
    Debi, Joye, Myrna, and Linda


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