Sunday, October 4, 2009

Sloppy Monsters

(One eye got a little crazy!)

This recipe comes from Rachael Ray. We thought it was really good. I love the fall, pumpkins, Halloween, and everything that comes with it. Since Kira is almost two and started to appreciate a little creativity, I decided to make her a sloppy monster. She loved it! You can do this with hamburgers, sandwiches, whatever comes with a bun.

Here's the sloppy joe recipe.

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, 1 turn of the pan (I didn't add this.)
1 1/4 pounds ground beef sirloin (I used 1 lb.)
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons to 1 tablespoon steak seasoning blend, such as McCormick brand Montreal Seasoning
1 medium onion, chopped
1 small red bell pepper, chopped (I left this out.)
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 cups tomato sauce
2 tablespoons tomato paste (I left this out, but I would add it next time just so it's a tad thicker.)
4 crusty rolls, split, toasted, and lightly buttered

Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add oil and meat to the pan. Spread the meat around the pan and begin to break it up. Combine brown sugar and steak seasoning. Add sugar and spice mixture to the skillet and combine. When the meat has browned, add onion and red peppers to the skillet. Reduce heat to medium and cook onions, peppers, red wine vinegar and Worcestershire sauce with meat for 5 minutes. Add tomato sauce and paste to pan. Stir to combine. Reduce heat to simmer and cook Sloppy Joe mixture 5 minutes longer. Using a large spoon or ice cream scoop, pile sloppy meat onto toasted, buttered bun bottoms and cover with bun tops.

Garnish: Add American cheese in triangles for the teeth. Put pickles on top with a dab of ketchup for the eyeballs.

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