In America a Sloppy Joe is a somewhat clumsy burger that hasn’t gotten it together. The meat is garnished with ketchup, mustard, vinegar or herbs according to taste and slopped into a burger bun. Nobody really knows who the first Joe who made this was.. or perhaps it was a Josephine?!

In Australia you will be expected to wear a Sloppy Joe over your shoulders when it starts getting nippy. This is not a sewing blog however, so the following is the American version of the Sloppy Joe.

Mix minced meat with eggs and onion and your favourite flavourings. The original recipe (and I use this term loosely as there seem to be quite a few versions around) calls for dry mustard, brown sugar and vinegar too. I really fancied something simple and satisfying this time, so I didn’t complicate matters much. It’s all a matter of taste and adding what feels right for your mood. My lovely friend Davinia makes it like this.

I even added mushrooms in the end.

Later I stuck it in a pita pocket with ketchup and halloumi for a really satisfying comfort food finish.

If you’re ever in New York, have your own Manhattan version of the Sloppy Joe at Katz Deli. I can promise you it will be very difficult to finish their pastrami sandwich!

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  1. Posted November 22, 2010 at 11:56 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the shout-out =)

    Your version looks really yummy too. And you put halloumi in! Om nom nom!

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