One of my favorite things to do every afternoon when I get home is play a quick game or two of Lexulous online (modified Scrabble). Over time, I’ve seen the same people and as with any other social activity, I’ve ended up talking to my opponents/teammates about where they live in the world, what time it is when we’re playing, and most importantly, what the next meal is. This week’s recipe comes from one of my favorite players, Kathy Trim, also known as “kobekat.” One day when she mentioned she’d be making Sloppy Joes for dinner, I knew I couldn’t miss the opportunity to invite her to share one of her family’s favorite recipes with us on the column. My adult love for this sandwich was rekindled a few years ago after reading an article by Andrea Strong in the New York Times called “An Ode to Sloppy Joe, a Delicious Mess,” and it’s a recipe I’ve wanted to see here for a long time. It’s so easy to make and it’s the perfect party food when you want to put out a nice make-your-own buffet. We’d love to know how you make your Sloppy Joes delicious, especially if you have a vegetarian alternative! — Kristina
About kobekat: Kathy Trim is a Kansas-native who has lived in Kobe, Japan for over 20 years where she has raised four children, taught English and American cooking, and loved soaking up all things Japanese. In her free time she enjoys baking, collecting recipes, reading, and word games. She has a poodle named Toby and is a proud new grandmother to baby Leo!
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- 2 lbs. ground beef (or beef/pork mix)
- 2 medium-sized onions, diced finely
- 3 cloves garlic minced or 2–3 tbsp. prepared minced garlic (jar)
- one 6 oz. can tomato paste
- two 8 oz. cans tomato puree or sauce (16 oz. total)
- 1 cup brown sugar (adjust according to taste)
- 2 tbsp. vinegar
1. Brown ground beef in skillet with onions and garlic until completely browned and onions are translucent and tender. Remove as much grease as possible from the beef mixture.
2. Add tomato paste and tomato puree and mix well.
3. Sprinkle brown sugar over the top and stir in thoroughly.
4. Splash vinegar all over the top and then mix in well.
5. Simmer for about 20 minutes so that the flavors can blend together.
6. Serve on hamburger buns or other type of sliced rolls.
For variation: Saute 1/2 cup chopped mushrooms with the meat, onions and garlic. Add 1 slice of processed cheese, or your favorite cheese, to each sandwich just prior to serving.
Photography by Kristina Gill. Sloppy Joe meat in a small flared bowl (white), on fish platter (milk) and salad plate (milk) all by mud australia; mini hamburger buns on vintage cheese board; napkin by IKEA; towel with red and yellow stripe, spoon and knife, vintage.
Why Kat Chose This Recipe
When I was first married, I found a recipe for a very American hot meat sandwich called “Sloppy Joes.” They are similar to hamburgers, and often served on a type of roll or hamburger bun, but easier to make, especially for a crowd. My husband and I love to entertain so I am always on the lookout for great easy party recipes for a gang of people. Each time I made this recipe, I tweaked it a little more until I got it just the way I like it best and also got the best reviews from my guests.
After a few years, the kids started coming along and we moved to Japan. It was difficult and expensive to get large cuts of beef (like I had grown up with in my native Kansas) and so along with the chicken and fish, I often made this recipe with ground beef/pork for my family. It became a family favorite and even the Japanese really enjoy it because they’ve never eaten anything like it before. Enjoy!!