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.
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!