Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Sloppy Joes


2 1/2 pounds ground beef

1 large green bell pepper, diced

1/2 large onion, diced

1 1/2 cups ketchup

5 cloves garlic, minced

2 tablespoons packed brown sugar

2 teaspoons chili powder, or more as needed

1 teaspoon dry mustard

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or more as needed

Hot sauce, such as Tabasco

Worcestershire sauce

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

8 kaiser rolls
2 tablespoons butter, softened
Chips or salad, for serving, if desired
Start by browning the ground beef in a large pot over medium-high heat. Drain off the fat.

Add in the green peppers and onions. Stir, and then add 1 cup water, the ketchup and garlic. Stir it around to combine, and then add the brown sugar, chili powder, dry mustard, red pepper flakes, and hot sauce, Worcestershire, salt and pepper to taste. Stir to combine, and then cover and simmer over medium-low heat, about 20 minutes.

To serve, spread the rolls with the butter and brown them on a griddle or in a skillet. Spoon a good amount of the meat mixture onto the bottom roll, and then top with the other half. Serve with chips, salad or just enjoy it by itself.

Caramel Popcorn

1/4 cup Karo syrup (light)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cube of butter
1 cup brown sugar

Melt in saucepan until contents come to a full boil. Cook exactly 5 minutes. Remove from stove and stir in 1/2 teaspoon baking soda. Pour over popcorn (three bags go microwave, old maid removed). Put in two separate pans or one big turkey roaster-type pan.
Bake at 225 degrees for one hour. Stir every ten minutes. Take out and cool popcorn on waxed paper. Enjoy!