I will be the first to admit that I am still a big kid. I think you heard me mention that before. I like playing in the rain, watching cartoons, coloring, and messing with all the toys in the toy store. With my childlike tendencies in mind that also means that I am still a huge fan of sloppy joe’s. As a matter of fact they sloppier they are the better. My husband makes fun of me whenever I eat because inevitably my food lands on my shirt . . . every time! I need to wear a bib. At least with sloppy joe’s I have an excuse for my food to land on my shirt . . . because it’s sloppy.
My husband, whose food never lands on his shirt, loves Philly Cheesesteak sandwiches. They are something I have never attempted to make because they are such an iconic sandwich that I didn’t want to mess it up. But then I found a recipe that melded his favorite sandwich with one of my favorite sandwiches. The results . . . ASTOUNDING!
Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce the Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joe! (http://www.food.com/recipe/philly-cheesesteak-sloppy-joes-507569)
I had seen this recipe floating around Facebook for several days and so I gave it a go. I was easy and super yummy! As a matter of fact, when I tried to ask my husband if he liked it I got no response from him. He wasn’t ignoring me or being completely grossed out by my latest culinary adventure. He was stuffing his face with Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joe’s.
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 lb ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
3 tablespoons steak sauce, I like A-1
1/2 cup beef broth
Salt and black pepper, to taste
1 dash Worcestershire sauce (optional)
4 large hamburger buns
1 tablespoon butter, for toasting buns
cheese sauce (recipe below) or provolone cheese (sliced) or Cheez Whiz
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon flour
1 cup milk
1 cup provolone cheese (shredded)
Add the oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef and cook 5-6 minutes or until no longer pink.
Add the onion and bell pepper and continue to cook 2-3 minutes or until crisp tender. Drain off any fat.
Stir in the steak sauce and beef broth (and Worcestershire, if using). Season with salt and pepper. Cook until liquid is gone.
Butter the cut sides of the buns. Toast the buttered sides in a hot skillet on medium-high heat. Set aside.
To make the cheese sauce:
Melt the butter in a 1-quart saucepan over medium-high heat. Whisk in the flour and cook about 1 minute.
Whisk in milk, bring up to a bubble and cook until thickened.
Remove from heat and stir in the cheese.
Season with salt and pepper, if desired.
To serve, place a scoop of the meat mixture onto the bottom half of the buns. Top with cheese sauce (or cheese) and cover with the top half of the bun.
Next time I make this I will add a bit more steak sauce (perhaps another table spoon) for the extra flavor.
Also next time I make this I won’t use hamburger buns. I will either use hot dog buns, or get a loaf of yummy, crusty Italian bread from the bakery and split that open.
I had to go the grocery store deli to buy the provolone. I couldn’t find any in the dairy section. (On a side note, grating the cheese would be a great job for your kids to do while you are browning up the meat.)
My cheese sauce was a bit “grainy.” I don’t know if I just didn’t let the butter and flour cook long enough before adding the milk, or if it was because the liquid was only milk. I’ve never made a sauce base with just milk as the liquid. I think that next time I make this (and there WILL be a next time!) I will substitute half of the milk for chicken stock.
I served steak fries and a dill pickle spear on the side.
I hope your family enjoys this recipe as much as my husband and I did. I was told that I would be making it again, and soon.
If you have any favorite recipes I would love to hear about them and, with your permission, share them with Froggyland. I love swapping recipes with friends. You can send your recipes to me, along with any stories or shortcuts that go with them, at firstname.lastname@example.org or https://www.facebook.com/heather.mcribbits.
Until next time have a hoppy day!!!!