Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joe time!! Patrick loves these and so do I. Until now sloppy joes had always come out of the can but we saw a quick cooking segment on the local news (straight from Time Warner Cable's News 14 Carolina) featuring homemade sloppy joes and then away I went to the kitchen. I didn't write the recipe down and changed a few things around so my notes are in red.

1 pound lean ground beef
2-3 Tbs olive oil
1/2 cup diced onion
1/2 cup diced celery
1/2 cup diced pepper (of any color)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/8 tsp ground cayenne (or more to taste)--replaced this with a squirt of Sriracha sauce
1/4-1/2 tsp ground cumin--did not use this
1/4 tsp dried thyme--replaced with fresh!
1/2 tsp ground chili powder--did not use this since the Sriracha is so hot!
1/2 cup barbecue sauce
1/2 cup ketchup
1 15-ounce can diced or crushed tomatoes--replaced with peeled, seeded, & chopped fresh tomatoes!
2-3 tsp Worcestershire
2 large or 4 small rolls, halved
Sliced tomatoes as needed
Sliced cheddar cheese as needed

--Add a splash of olive oil to a large skillet or heavy bottomed pan on the stove top and saute 1/2 cup diced onion, 1/2 cup diced celery, 1/2 cup diced pepper and 2 minced cloves of garlic to soften.
--At that point, add 1 pound ground beef. Break that up, stir it around and cook it until it is browned and cooked all the way through.
--Cook that on high heat so the meat has a chance to brown up.....and then, at that point, add a little sprinkling of cayenne pepper, a little ground cumin, a shake of dried thyme, a sprinkle of chili powder, 1/2 cup barbecue sauce and 1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes and stir to combine. I added the fresh tomatoes first and let them break down a little bit for a few minutes. Then added the barbeque sauce, ketchup, fresh thyme, and sriracha sauce.
--Turn the heat way down on that and add a little shake of Worcestershire and then let it simmer along like that for 10 minutes or so.
--Count on half of a large roll, or one whole small roll, per serving and, while the sloppy joe mix is cooking along on the stove top, top each half with sliced tomato and thinly sliced cheddar cheese and place the tray underneath the broiler to melt the cheese.

Top the tomato cheddar melt with the sloppy joe mix to serve.
 So yummy; the tomato and cheddar really adds a lot. This again was something I'd never tried with a sloppy joe.

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