Turkey Sloppy Joes

Tonight I am going to see Blake Shelton!!  Yay!!  I actually could not stand him until about 2-3 years ago, when the TV show The Voice started and I began watching it with two friends of mine (one of which I’m going to this concert with).  Now I love him and his music.

Moving right along, ever since I made sriracha sloppy joes a few months ago, I am now obsessed with anything sloppy joe related (check out my Pinterest, if you’d like proof).  Yes, at the age of 29, I have discovered my love for sloppy joes.  Don’t judge me. ;)  There is just something amazing about spaghetti sauce mixed with spices, chopped vegetables, and ground beef/turkey/etc.  My good friend Alysha is probably shaking her head at me right now.

In any case, these Turkey Sloppy Joes from The Novice Chef hit the spot for sure.  I even paired them with sweet potato fries, just like she did!  I don’t really have much to say about these, except they were super yummy.  We both gobbled them up.  Also, I am outing my husband eating two Joes, in the picture.  But he’s a man and therefore has a manly appetite!  And let’s be honest, it’s not like I’ve never eaten two of something before…=X

Oh, there actually is one thing to note.  The key is to let it simmer for awhile once all of the ingredients are combined.  I am a huge fan of taste-testing while cooking, and when I tasted this at the beginning, it was really, really ketchup-y, but after I let it simmer for quite awhile, that dissipated and it tasted much better.  Therefore, the key is to wait and let all of the flavours, spices, and other ingredients blend together while cooking.

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Turkey Sloppy Joes

serves 6 (we had tons of leftovers)

Ingredients:
-1/4cu ketchup
-1tbsp dijon mustard
-1tbsp worcestershire sauce
-2tbsp tomato paste (I’m sure you can omit this – I think it also contributed to the ketchup-y taste, but I happened to have some leftover in the fridge, so I used it)
-1tsp red wine vinegar
-8oz can tomato sauce
-1tbsp olive oil
-3 cloves garlic, minced
-1 large yellow onion, chopped
-one extra lean ground turkey (the packages at the grocery store come in 1.3lbs)
-1tbsp chili powder (I think I used less, to ease my husband’s non-spicy palate)
-1tsp crushed red pepper
-1tsp salt (I omitted this – I often omit salt)
-1tsp fresh ground pepper
-6 whole wheat buns

Directions:
-In a small bowl, whisk together ketchup, dijon mustard, worcestershire sauce, tomato paste, red wine vinegar and tomato sauce, then set aside.
-Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add onion and cook, stirring as needed, for 5 minutes or until translucent.
-Add turkey and cook until browned through, breaking it up as it cooks. Add chili powder, crushed red pepper, salt and pepper. Cook 2 minutes more and then add the ketchup mixture, stirring to evenly coat turkey mixture.
-Simmer for 5 minutes more, or until thickened (I simmered at least 10-15mins, maybe more, to get rid of the strong ketchup-y taste).
-While sauce thickens, toast the buns, then serve! =)

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