Sunday, May 31, 2015

Good Ol' Fashion Sloppy Joes

  It's just you and the kids, sitting at home. The perfect kind of night to pick out a movie, eat dinner, and chill with your babies. What can you cook that fun to cook, but also fun to eat? Good ol' Sloppy Joes! It's a good recipe to get kids involved. It's easy, but it also illustrates that veggies can easily translate into deliciousness. It's small amount of prep is simple enough that it becomes a good template to teach knife work with minds that are more than willing to soak up anything. The key is extreme supervision, when teaching a child to use a knife. They don't need a chef knife, just a small utility knife, and pa airing knife will do.

           Our ingredients:

- 1 pound of ground beef or lamb
- 1 big can tomato paste
- 1 small can of tomato paste
- 1/2 red onion diced
- 4 carrots diced
- 5 celery stocks diced
- 1 diced poblano pepper
- 3 table spoons of minced garlic
- salt
- pepper
- garlic powder
- cayenne powder
- 1 1/2 cups white wine
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/4 stick of butter

     Place olive oil into a 10 inch skillet and on med-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the diced veggies, as well as half the white wine. Fold in the 1/4 stick of butter, add salt, pepper, garlic powder, cayenne powder, and minced garlic. Allow to reduce and add remaining wine.

      In a separate skillet cook ground meat until done, drain and set aside.
     Add tomato paste to the veggies and transfer into a sauce pan. Add about two cups of water and simmer for about 20 minutes.
     Stir ground meat into sauce, and simmer for another 12 minutes, or until sauce is nice and thick.

Toast a bun, Texas toast, or Italian bread with a little butter and garlic. Place the sauce between the bread and enjoy!!

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