Monday, July 13, 2015

Homemade Turkey Sloppy Joes

Back when I was a kid and all through college I use to be a Manwich FREAK!  I LOVED the stuff. Until my Aunt gave me a recipe for homemade sloppy joes and now I can't even think about having anything else.  I use to make mine with ground round and you definitely CAN do that, I just choose to make them as healthy as I possibly can and have since given up red meat for the most part, so replace it with ground turkey.  Since it's seasoned with beef seasonings, I really can not tell the difference and even my die hard red meat friends who yell at me for cooking with Turkey can't tell the difference.  SUPER easy to make and the longer you let it simmer, the better it is.  So, I usually throw mine together about 2 hours before we are ready to eat dinner.  That way all the flavors really come to life ;)

1 lb of lean ground turkey (or hamburger)
Celery Salt to taste (start out with very little and add more as needed) OR 1 cup diced celery
Garlic Powder to taste
1 Cup chopped onion (I get the chive onions from Walmart already chopped) or minced onion
1 beef cube (mash it in hot water) **the past 3 times I have made it I have used beef stock and liked it just them same**
2 TBSP Worcestershire sauce
1 TBSP Lemon Juice
1-2 cups of Ketchup

Brown Turkey and once cooked add Beef stock and onions. Simmer until stock is absorbed.
Add Ketchup and the rest of the ingredients.  Cook until sauce is bubbling and then turn down to low and let simmer for a few hours. Serve on whole wheat buns (I use Sara Lee) and Enjoy!!!  You won't ever want to go back to canned sloppy joes ever again :)

***You might need to adjust amount of ingredients based off your liking.  I do everything by taste now that I've made it so many times, so I don't use actual measurements anymore, so once you add everything if you feel like more of something needs to be added, just play around with it.  Remember, the longer it simmers, the more flavor you will get out of it, so before adding more of something let it simmer for an hour or so.  AND any leftovers are even better the next day ;)***