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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Sloppy Joes

When I was growing up, there was this place called The Frosty Treat. It was a small fast food grill, basically. They made Frosty burgers.  In terms that anyone not from Ashland, NE can understand, they made loose meat sandwiches.  Not a sloppy joe, but close.  I have that recipe and plan on making it at some point...but for now, we're talking sloppy joes! (I know, why even bring it up, right?  I don't know, every time I think/see/eat sloppy joes I think of Frosty burgers.)

Most of you may be familiar with Manwich...  Well forget about it.  Sorry ConAgra/Hunts, there's somethin' better!  From here on out, if you want a sloppy joe, make it this way.  It really doesn't take any longer then the stuff that comes in the can and it really doesn't cost any more either.  So why would you consider using the can again??  Go ahead, make it, try it...tell me I'm wrong :)

Sloppy Joes
Adapted from Life's Ambrosia 
1 (14.5 oz) can tomato sauce
1 Tablespoon white wine vinegar
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 lbs. ground beef
1/2 large carrot, minced
1/2 medium onion, minced
1 jalapeno pepper, minced
4-6 hamburger buns

**Cooks Note:  place carrot, onion and jalapeno in a food processor for easy mincing**

In a bowl, whisk together the first 9 ingredients.  Set aside.

In a large, non-stick skillet, over medium high heat, cook the ground beef for 3 minutes.  Add the minced vegetables and cook until the meat is not longer pink.  Drain any excess grease.

Add tomato mixture to the pan, stir to combine.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce to medium low heat and allow to cook for 15-20 minutes, or until sauce reduces and becomes thick.  Serve on hamburger buns and enjoy!



StephenC said...

An old friend of ours had a family version of sloppy joes. Somewhere in our notebooks we the recipe. His family called it "gooflop."

Are those tater tots in the photo?

Andrea said...

Mmmm this sounds like a family pleaser! LIke most things you post Jenn, I'll be making this soon!

Jenn said...

Yes, those are tater tots....mmmmmmmmmm... haven't had them in years and was craving them! Worked wonderfully with the sandwich :)

Gary said...

I grew up at the Frosty Treat. My grandparents ran the restaurant and raised me and my siblings. We don't have a recipe for Frosty Burgers but I've tried making them from memory. Not much success. I'll have to give your recipe a whirl. It's cool that you remember them!

Anonymous said...

Oh my sister and mom and aunts all worked there too. My sister Brenda makes them, but I have never gotten up the nerve to try them. She says that she does it all from scratch. Maybe we need to get you, Gary and my sister Brenda together and see if we can put it down on paper.

great blog

Daryl Wills

Jenn said...

Daryl - I have a recipe that someone gave my mom. There are no real measurements, but I have it. If you send me your email address I'll send it to you. You can have your sister compare and see if it's what they used to do.

Anonymous said...

Hey you I would love to have the recipe. I have a version of it but not sure it is correct. I loved those burgers!!!!!

Ashland, Nebraska

Matthew Farnham said...

I lived in Ashland back in the early 70's and have been searching for the Frosty burger recipe for years. If anyone has it please send it to me. Matthew Farnham Thanks!