Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Homemade Sloppy Joes & Crispy Baked Garlic Potato Wedges

Occasionally i'll get somewhat random cravings: Sloppy Joes fall under that category. While I was driving home the other day, I thought Dave would really to have some too, so I looked for a recipe that I could tweak. I don't like using red meat too often, so I used ground turkey instead. It's much healthier (way less fatty/lower in cholesterol) and still super tasty!

 (served here with baked garlic potato wedges--recipe at the bottom)

Turkey Sloppy Joes
Serves 3-4 depending on how sloppy your Joe is :
(recipe adapted from The Pioneer Woman)


1 tablespoon butter
1 pound ground turkey (or ground beef if that's your preference!)
1/2 a medium sized onion
1/2 green bell pepper
2-3 garlic cloves (depending on how garlic-y you like your food)
3/4 cup organic ketchup
1/2 cup water
Worcestershire sauce (a few dashes--to taste) 
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
red pepper flakes (to taste)
salt (to taste)
1 tablespoon tomato paste (optional--i like the extra tang and body that it adds)
ground black pepper (to taste)
your buns/rolls of choice (I used whole wheat ones--Kaiser rolls are also popular for this dish)


1. Add butter to large skillet or dutch oven over medium high heat. Add ground turkey and cook until brown. (If using ground beef, drain most of the fat and discard)
2. Add onions, green pepper, and garlic. Cook for a few minutes until softened.
3. Add ketchup, brown sugar, chilli pepper, dry mustard, and water. Stir to combine, and simmer for 15 minutes, adding salt and pepper to taste. Add tomato paste the the Worcesteshire sauce. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
4. You can heat up your buns on a griddle skillet (I just throw them into the toaster oven).
5. You can also put cheese in your Sloppy Joe if you'd like (I know that's how the hubs likes his).

Crispy Baked Garlic Potato Wedges
Serves 2:

2 medium sized baking potatoes (our 3 smaller sized potatoes)
1/2 tablespoon canola oil
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon chili powder 


1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2. Cut each potato into 12 wedges (6 if they're smaller potatoes) and place into large bowl.
3. Put oil and put spices into bowl and mix well--coating all the wedges.
4. Bake for 25 minutes, flip the wedges, and bake for another 20-35 minutes (Depending on your wedge size) or until crisp.

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