Friday, May 18, 2012

Bacon Cheeseburger Sloppy Joe

Feeding and pleasing all the people in my family for dinner is not always easy.  I have two young picky eaters and a husband that needs a hearty meal every night.  So I created theme nights and that's how "Fun in a Bun Fridays" started.  My kids will pretty much eat anything in a bun so Sloppy Joe sandwiches are an easy fix for dinner.  I am always trying to update my regular Sloppy Joe recipe and Kraft singles were my inspiration this time.  As part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program I was given the opportunity to create a recipe using Kraft Singles.  Kraft Singles are a basic staple ingredient in my kitchen.  I use them to make endless amounts of dishes such as breakfast sandwiches, mac'n cheese, quesadillas and my favorite go-to meal when I am too tired to cook the grilled cheese sandwich.  My young son and I were talking about what to make for our Friday "Fun in a Bun" dinner when he couldn't make up his mind between a bacon cheeseburger or Sloppy Joes.  I decided to marry the two together and use Kraft Singles to help me out.  The Bacon Cheeseburger Sloppy Joe was not only a great success in the taste department, it also ranked up pretty high in the "less mess factor" department.  The cheese helped keep the "sloppy" together so it didn't fall out of the bun.  I also made my son's extra cheesy with another slice of Kraft Singles on top of his Sloppy Joe.  I got two thumbs up from the entire family and now we have a favorite new dishes to enjoy on our "Fun in a Bun Fridays" and some great memories eating our Cheesy Sloppy Joes.

1lb of favorite ground meat (beef, chicken, pork, turkey)
1-2 cloves garlic grated
1/2 green bell pepper finely diced
1/2 medium yellow onion finely diced
red chili flakes to taste
1 tsp of dfried oregano
black pepper to taste
seasoning salt or salt
4-5 slices of Kraft Singles Cheese
Slices of crispy bacon (see my tip how to make bacon below)
Buns or bread of your choice
Sloppy Sauce
1-2 Tbs of soy sauce (for salt flavor to taste)
1/3 cup ketchup
1 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbs of honey or brown sugar
1/2 tsp of vinegar
1 tsp of yellow mustard

Brown meat and add garlic, onion and bell pepper.  Once cooked add dried oregano, seasoning salt and red chili flakes and cook for a few minutes.  Mix the Sloppy Sauce and pour over browned meat and cook for 2-3 minutes.

Add the Kraft Singles sliced cheese and allow to melt and mixed all ingredients together. Taste for seasoning and serve hot with strips of bacon on your favorite bun, bread or roll. Enjoy.  Serves 4-5 people

As part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program, I received a coupon for free Kraft Singles and a stipend.  The opinions regarding Kraft Singles are strictly my own. 

To do the bacon:
The easiest way to make bacon is to bake it in the oven.  You will get perfectly crispy bacon and you don't have to do anything but let it bake.  Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.  You will need a baking tray and some cooling racks placed on top of it or you can use your broiler pan that is slotted with a drip pan.  Lay your bacon across the cooling racks.  Place them in the oven for 15 minutes or until the bacon is fully cooked.  The bacon will be crispy, perfectly straight and all the oil will have dripped to the lower tray.  I love this method. 

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