Mark Young is an intern here with us at American Patriot Bank where I work, and I have enjoyed getting to know him over the past four months. As he will be starting his freshman year at Tusculum College in Greeneville soon, I wanted to dedicate this column to him by including one of his favorite recipes.
I wasn’t really surprised when he quickly replied that he loved “Sloppy Joe’s.” The Maryville High graduate will be playing football at Tusculum.
When I think of Sloppy Joe’s, I think of a kid-friendly classic sandwich that is enjoyed by both old and young. It is also a economic/busy-day meal and can be an alternative to a boring burger.
If you want a slimmer/trimmer version, use ground turkey instead of ground beef. You can “tweak” it a little by adding 1 cup chopped mushrooms or 1 cup cooked elbow macaroni.
I have even seem one recipe that calls for 1 1/2 cups finely shredded cabbage, cooked, and added when as the ground beef is cooked.
This is for you Mark. Good luck at Tusculum!
1 lb. lean ground beef
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
2 tsp. prepared mustard
3/4 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon brown sugar
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup Mexican blend cheese
In a skillet over medium heat, brown the ground beef, onion and green pepper. Remove and drain off liquids. Add mustard, ketchup, brown sugar and salt and pepper. Simmer for about 30 minutes. Serve on your favorite hamburger buns or sandwich roll, adding a sprinkle of cheese just before serving.