Sunday, May 6, 2012

Recipe: Bacon & Cheese Sloppy Joes From Scratch

This past Saturday, I had Randall invite two of his classmates over to use my apartment as a quite place to study.  I knew I wanted to cook them a nice home cooked meal, but with my surgery being less than a week and a half a way, and with an endless amount of chores to do before then, I didn't have a lot of time or money to spend. After rummaging through my "to try" recipes, I came across the perfect dish for three men and a tight budget: Bacon and Cheese Sloppy Joes.

If you're not a fan of the classic, ketchupy sloppy joe, you will LOVE this sandwich. It tastes like a non compact bacon cheeseburger complete with onions and tomatoes. And its sloppy!

What You'll Need:
1 lb Ground Beef
3-4 Slices of Thick Cut Bacon
1/2 Large Onion (diced)
12 oz Can of Tomatoes (crushed)
4 Slices of White American Cheese
4 tbsp. Olive Oil
1 tbsp. Paprika 
Potato Rolls

Step 1
Dices onions and bacon, and set aside.

Step 2
Add two tbsp. of olive oil to a large skillet on medium high heat. Add ground beef, paprika, and a pinch salt.

Step 3
As the beef begins to brown, add the remaining two tbsp. of olive oil to an additional large skillet on medium high heat.  Add diced bacon and allow to cook for 2 minutes. Next, add your diced onion and continue cooking.
Add tomatoes and let simmer for 1-2 minutes

Optional Step
At this point, you can add a small amount of chicken stock to the stove on a low heat in case your meat becomes dry during the cooking process. If you find that this has happened at the end of the recipe, just add a little to help moisten it.

Step 4
Mix in bacon, onion, and tomato mixture to your meat and continue cooking. After the ingredients have been combined, add sliced white American cheese and stir until melted.
Take your sloppy joe mix off the heat, and serve on potato rolls.

Final Product
 Randall and his friends LOVED these sandwiches, and it only took about 30 minutes at most to make.  My favorite part of this meal (other than being cheap and quick!) was that every ingredient was able to shine through instead of being stuck with that one dimensional tomato flavor. You get just the right amount of bacon, cheese, onion, tomato, and beef.

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