Thursday, August 8, 2013

 Italian Sloppy Joes

 I have always loved food. A lot. Even as a child at daycare my best friend was the cook. Her name was Helen. She let me stir when the other kids were distracted. It was just magical to me how she could make food that great for so many people. Her specialties were muffins, green beans (look for these in the future) and Italian Sloppy Joes. As an adult I find it pretty magical how she never got food on her silly white polyester pants. These sandwhiches just feel like home
This isn't exact, but they are pretty close. I like them to be a bit spicier but other than that they are the same. Italian Sloppy Joes are super easy to throw together and uniquely good.


1 lb Italian Sausage
1 small can of tomato sauce
2 1/2 teaspoons Sloppy Joe seasoning (powder from a packet)
4 hamburger buns
Italian Seasoning and Parmesan Cheese to taste

 First, crumble and brown the sausage in a medium sauce pan. If there is a lot of fat that comes out, drain it off.

 When the sausage is browned, sprinkle over the Sloppy Joe seasoning. I like to let it brown with the meat for a few minutes

 Add in the tomato sauce. It will look too runny for a few seconds but just let it simmer for a little bit. This will take about 15 to 20 minutes.

While the sauce is simmering, toast the buns until they are golden brown. I buttered and seasoned the buns, but that is not the Helen way. 

This is what the sauce should look like when it is ready. Taste it for salt and pepper and you are ready to go. 

Helen would serve these with some tater tots with Italian Seasoning sprinkled over the top, but a salad is pretty nice, too. 

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