Sunday, March 22, 2015

Turkey Sloppy Joes


I love the month of March.  The weather feels a little warmer, the snow melts, the days get longer and well, basketball.  I'll go out on a limb and say that basketball is my favorite thing about March.  Who doesn't love this time of year?  Maybe non-Kentuckians?  For those of us who bleed blue, March is our super bowl, only better.  2014 was legendary with last second shots culminating in an appearance in the championship game. We're on the road to win our ninth NCAA title this year.  That's right.  9.  We are a basketball mecca.  36-0.  Making history.  Don't hate.  Also, watch "The 6th Man Movie" and you'll get an understanding of our craziness.  You'll cheer, you'll cry, you'll celebrate.  Basketball makes me a little emotional.  I digress.

Turkey Sloppy Joes is a perfect game day food--a little messy but definitely a worthy competitor of burgers and hot dogs, wings or anything else you might serve while cheering on your favorite teams. It's also a great weeknight meal, midnight snack, breakfast--ok, that might be taking it a little too far but if you throw an egg on top, voila!  This is a perfect blend of savory and sweet--bell peppers, onions, tomato and brown sugar.  All from scratch and it comes together in about 30 minutes.  Serve it up with potato wedges or a garden salad and dinner is served.  No more canned sloppy joe sauce will be needed in your pantry. And to top it all off, it's made with ground turkey.  (Dear beef, I still love you and have many other uses for you.  Please don't be hurt.) 

What else is great about these sloppy joes, you ask?  You can make it ahead and just re-heat on the day you want to serve it.  It also freezes well.  Double the recipe and freeze half of it because I promise there will be no left overs.  Just thin it out with a little chicken broth or water after thawing and heat! 

My stomach is now telling me it's hungry so gather up these ingredients and get cooking!

Turkey Sloppy Joes

Serves 4

1 medium onion, diced
1 red or green bell pepper, diced
1 pound ground turkey
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 (6 ounce) can of tomato paste
1 cup water
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon oil

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat.  Add onion and bell pepper.  Saute for a 2-3 minutes.  

Add ground turkey and break it up.  

Stir in garlic powder, salt, pepper and chili powder.  Mix well.  

Add tomato paste, water and brown sugar.  Stir until everything is well incorporated.  

Bring to a boil over medium heat.  Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 25- 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until sauce has thickened.  

Taste to adjust seasonings, remove from heat and serve with your favorite bun.  

These also freeze well.  Add some chicken broth or water to thin out after defrosting. 

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