This weekend we went to a super cute pumpkin carving party. This is as far as I will go with Halloween these days. I am sure you all think I am a scrooge, but I have been over it for years. Too much pressure! Everyone brought a pumpkin to carve and our pal Ashley went all out and made so many delicious things like croissant wrapped brie, mulled wine, and these yummy sloppy joe sliders that she made with turkey and served on Hawaiian rolls. The sliders totally made me homesick and inspired me to ask my sister for her recipe. We used hers and doctored it up a bit with some things like peppers, brown sugar, and worcestershire.
It was pretty impressive how we all got so into the pumpkin carving. We ended up with a goth pumpkin, one with a gold toof, a Danzig pumpkin, one with a fu manchu, a puking pumpkin… rad. I tell ya… a bunch of mid 30 year olds, pumpkins, Catch Phrase, and alcohol sure does make for some good clean fun. All of that and home by 10:30! Man, we old.
For just about every family get together in the midwest, you will find a big ol’ pot of shloppy joes. Mike and I attempted to whip these babies up from scratch last night. They were actually quite delicious and even better today when I took one to the office for lunch:) Here is what we did…
Sloppy Joes- Midwest Styyyle:
- 2 lbs. lean ground sirloin
- 1 small chopped onion
- 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
- 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- boat load of worcestershire
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- 1 cup ketchup (use as much as you want depending on how “sloppy you want them”)
- 1-2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- splash of vinegar
- salt pepper to taste
In a medium skillet over medium heat, brown the ground beef, drain off liquids.
Add peppers, onion, worcestershire, and garlic. Season with salt and pep and cook until vegetables are soft.
Stir in the mustard, ketchup, tomato paste, and brown sugar; mix thoroughly. Add a splash of vinegar and adjust seasonings to taste. Reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes. Serve on a whole wheat bun with homemade pickles.