Sloppy Joes...

In Australia a sloppy joe is a sweatshirt. In America it is a yummy messy food that kids and adults alike enjoy.

Elise on Simply Recipes just posted a recipe for sloppy joes which i went on to my mum as a suggestion for Thursday night dinners (my sister and nephew eat there every thursday. we only go every month or two but it makes it a bit more complex trying to find something everyone will eat!). as we were chatting i remembered that i had a different version that was served with wedges and sour cream that was really yummy and went in search of it. It's originally from an Australian Women's Weekly cookbook.

potato wedges with sloppy joe topping
4 medium potatoes (or a packet of frozen wedges)
2 tabs olive oil
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 large brown onion, chopped finely
1 small green capsicum, chopped finely
1 trimmed celery stick, chopped finely (i usually add more as it gets wasted otherwise!)
150g beef mince
2 tabs mild american mustard
2 tabs cider vinegar
1 cup tomato sauce
1/2 cup coarsely grated cheddar cheese
2 green onions, sliced thinly

1. preheat oven to hot
2. cut each potatoes in 8 wedges, place in shallow baking dish, drizzled with half of the oil
3. roast, uncovered, in hot oven 30 mins or until tender
4. meanwhile, heat remaining oil in fryin gpan; cook garlic, onion, capsicum and celcery, stirring, until vegies soften. add mince, cook, stirring, until changed in colour. stir in mustard, vinegar and sauce, bring to a boil. reduce heat, cook, stirring, until sloppy joe is cooked through and slightly thickened.
5. serve wedges topped with sloppy joe mix, top with cheese and green onion.

when i do it in the slow cooker i fry the mince and onion ** and then put it all in the slow cooker to cook. takes 2-4 hours.

** when i'm organised i will fry up several kilos of mince and chopped onions and freeze into 500g portions, great for quick meals

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