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Making a Mess With a Sloppy Joe

If there’s one thing that I have always loved it’s good and messy food which is delicious and that there is plenty of it. So you can imagine that I absolutely love Sloppy Joes. You know that terrific sandwich just dripping all over the place and you have to hold it with two hands. Well basically it’s a combination of tomato sauce ort tomato paste mixed in with ground beef and various different spices then all plopped down onto two slices of bread or perhaps a hamburger bun. Inexpensive and so delicious.

I was introduced to the Sloppy Joe in 1969 when food company Hunt’s sold a canned Sloppy Joe sauce named Manwich. Their sauce was a combination of tomato paste, onions, oregano, garlic, and red and green peppers and all you had to do was purchase the ground beef and add the canned sauce. Instant delight. There were so many commercials popping up about the Manwich that I was constantly hungry for a Sloppy Joe.

However, the best way to enjoy a Sloppy Joe is to make it at home you can choose to use ground beef, turkey, or chicken. Then chop up onions, green peppers, fresh tomatoes, and stir-fry them up. Once you have browned the meat, add the vegetables, and then you can choose to add tomato sauce along with paste to thicken it or make an Italian style Sloppy Joe by adding your favorite spaghetti sauce. If you go the original way you can serve it on bread if you choose to go Italian it is great on spaghetti. Whatever way you choose you can create one fantastic meal everyone will love.

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