Sunday, February 19, 2012

Sloppy Joe Bread Bowls (aka... Neat Joe's)

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I would like for you to meet "Neat Joe"... Sloppy Joe's cousin.  Neat Joe entered my life purely for selfish reasons... laundry!  As we all know Sloppy Joe is not so kind to the laundry.   Of course my kids were completely thrilled with these bread bowls so I am claiming I only did it to please them. :) That's my story and I'm sticking too it. :)  These Sloppy Joe bread bowls turned out fantastic.  It was almost like eating a really deep dish individual pizza with Sloppy Joe filling.  The cheese and the bread contained the "sloppy, plus we got to enjoy more sloppy and less bread. I love this method and I know I will be trying it again and again. It's no longer the laundry that making this such a good idea... it's because it was fantastic.  I got 10 fingers up (my kids' version of saying 10 thumbs up).  Now if that doesn't make you want to try this dish... what will. :)


 Ingredients:
5  Kaiser or Hoagie style rolls
White melting cheese (I used a combo of provolone and mozzarella)

Meat filling:
1lb of ground lean meat (I used chicken... pork, beef, turkey can be substituted)
1/2 cup of onion chopped
1/2 cup of diced green bell pepper
1-2 cloves of grated garlic
red chili flakes to taste
seasoning salt and black pepper to taste

Ingredients for the sloppy sauce
8oz can of plain tomato sauce
1Tbs of paprika
1 Tbs of sriracha (if you like it spicy)
1Tbs of Worcestershire sauce
1/2 Tbs of vinegar
2-3 Tbs of brown sugar (sloppy joe's are sweet and tangy so it depends on how sweet you want it)


Directions:
Start browning the ground meat then add garlic, onion, green bell peppers, seasoning salt, black pepper.  Then add your ingredients for the sloppy sauce:   Cook in the sauce for 10-12 minutes on medium low flame until well combined. Taste for seasoning. 




To prepare the bread bowls, slice a little bit off the top.  Then take a small knife and cut a circle on the inside of the bread and use your fingers to hollow out the bread.  Make sure to leave enough on the bottom and sides so the filling stays in. 
Note:  You can save the unused filling to make bread crumbs or soak in milk to make meatballs or meatloaf. Just put into a ziploc bag and into the freezer until need.  


Then fill each hollowed out bread bowl with the sloppy mixture. Top with cheese.  I used sliced provolone cheese and then topped with some shredded mozzarella cheese.  Place on a baking tray and bake for 7-10 minutes on 375 until the cheese melts.  Enjoy.


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31 comments:

  1. Bread bowl looks inviting and yummy..

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  2. That is ingenious! I have a teenager here who would just LOVE this, and it would be SO much easier to eat. "Neat Joe" - LMAO!

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  3. Oh this looks so yummy and such a neat idea! Not too sure that putting it in the handy bowl will help my toddler stay too clean but it will def aid the rest of the family! Can't wait to try it out!

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  4. I think I need to go with the title Neat Joe's. I am not a fan of Sloppy Joe's but it is all in the name. I love all of the cheese melted on top!

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  5. yummy recipe

    Aarthi
    http://www.yummytummyaarthi.com/

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  6. Ramona, this is such a great idea! Ten fingers up! I love it :-) I'm so going to make this soon because it looks so darn good :-) And honestly, I'm not a fan of sandwiches or burgers that end up being too messy. At certain restaurants, I'll actually avoid getting certain particular items because I know then end up being too drippy or they fall apart or whatnot AND THEN the odor won't come off my hands the rest of the day, hahaha. I'm totally serious about this, lol.

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  7. Oh man!!!!! I am so hungry now! If only taylor could eat that bread! I am going to bookmark this and make it at a time she is out of town.

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  8. You're a genius. Unfortunately, I'm the one that usually ends up making a mess with my food, so you know I'm going to be all over this Neat Joe thing. Sloppy Joe can just go find somewhere else to live. I give it 10 fingers up too!

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  9. Bread bowl looks just perfect..u r awesoem in making these.........lovely appreciations to u dear.......

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  10. What a cool idea, Ramona!! This is one I will have to try considering I have a sloppy toddler here hehe

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  11. very creative,i bet the kids love it,I like the idea topping with cheese until melted,looks Yummy ,welldone !!
    Ridwan

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  12. I just LOVE this, Ramona! I love sloppy joes, what a great idea. Sounds so good!

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  13. That is the best idea ever! :) How smart, and tasty! And I love the name, too.

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  14. This is a genius! And looks delicious too!

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  15. I'm just gonna say 2 words...Yummyyyyy yummmyyyyyyy!!! Wish I could just bite one off the screen! :-)

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  16. Wow these look amazing! I love the Neat Joe's, I think that's so much better than a sloppy joe :) I love the bread bowls, I think they're so cute and fun, great idea!

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  17. Ohhh the things mothers sometimes do to save a load of laundry! I went on a spaghetti ban for a while because I was so tired of cleaning the stains out of my daughter's shirts. I love these, they are so cute! This would be great as sliders too for entertaining/game day. Again, such a great idea!

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  18. What a brilliant idea, Ramona! I love sloppy joes, but they are....well....sloppy! This solves the dilemma nicely!

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  19. Love this idea of a 'neat joe' - so cleaver, resourceful and tasty :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  20. I also say this idea is genius. Hanging out in the kitchen with you would be so much fun! These look like one serving wouldn't do and I love what you served them with. Big high 5 for you!

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  21. omygoodness this is the best idea EVER! Sloppy joes are the best, I haven't had one in forever, your version is absolutely perfect for get together's! No worry about messy fingers and dripping meat! Love love love your recipe!

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  22. This is one really clever idea, I am really going for it. Cool!

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  23. Those look delicious and I love that they are "neat." Definitely trying these!

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  24. Oh this is such a spectacular idea. I would love this for dinner tonight.

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  25. Your Sloppy Joe Bread Bowls are wonderful looking and are on my "to make soon" list.
    Thank you for sharing! Allen.

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  26. This is a great idea!! It can be done with smaller dinner rolls too as an appetizer. I think a sauteed vegetable mixture topped with cheese would be delicious also. Great idea Ramona. Kudos!!

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