Sunday, January 18, 2009

Not- So-Sloppy Goodness

While watching part of Oprah's webcast last Monday, I heard Bob Greene mention he had a recipe for Sloppy Joes. I love Sloppy Joes and haven't had one in ages, so I looked up the recipe and here's the result.

Of course, not one to leave a good recipe alone, I made a few changes.

I don't like to use beef so I subbed Lightlife 'Gimme Lean' for the ground beef. I thought cooked lentils would give a better look and texture to the recipe; so I substituted canned lentils for the kidney beans and mashed them ever so lightly. I left out the red pepper but used all of the spices.
I don't measure spices when I cook, I guess-timate. This may be why I'm not sure I liked the flavor of the cloves. I love cloves in cookies but the flavor seemed a little out of place in the Sloppy Joes. It could be that I just used too much.

I love to use cocoa powder in my chili and thought it would be good in this recipe. I added about 2 to 3 tablespoons.

The bread is from Panera. It's their Whole Grain loaf. Lightly toasted, it worked great and the whole sandwich stayed together well. Thus, the 'Not-So-Sloppy' title.


Powell Family said...

Looks great! I was just thinking it felt like time for a sloppy joe dinner!

BeadedTail said...

That looks really good! I love sloppy joes too! The cocoa powder sounds intriguing!

uniquecommodities said...

Looks Yummy! Thanks for sharing!

LazyTcrochet said...

It does look delicious!

Rey Ybarra said...

You made me hungry with your sloppy joe recipe and photo. Come to think of it, I have not had one in a long time either. Gives me an idea. Oh, great jewelry blog too. Excellent articles and photos.