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Sloppy Josephs


 Forgive the title; consider it a bad pun. But really, who doesn't love a sloppy Joe? This version is slightly more grown up, with a kick of spice and more vegetables.

Ingredients:

1 pound ground beef

2 onions, diced

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 carrot, shredded

8 ounces sliced mushrooms

8 ounces tomato sauce

1 tablespoon mustard

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

Cayenne to taste

Red pepper flakes to taste

salt, pepper, oil

Sourdough, toasted


Method:

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add the onions, carrots, and mushrooms with 1 tablespoon oil Cook until the onions are translucent, about 10 minutes.

Add 1 teaspoon salt, paprika, cayenne and red pepper flakes to taste, and the garlic; cook about 1 minute, until fragrant. Remove the vegetables to a bowl and set aside. 

Add the ground beef; break apart with wooden spoon. Cook until no longer pink and the meat is slightly browned. Add back the veggies and Worcestershire sauce, balsamic vinegar, and Dijon mustard; cook for 2 minutes until thoroughly combined.

Add the tomato sauce; bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Let thicken for 5-10 minutes.

Serve sloppy Joseph's on top of toasted sourdough bread with a side salad of arugula, cucumber, and cherry tomatoes (if desired). Try topping with cheese!

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