Saturday, September 1, 2012

Pizza Sloppy Joes


Sloppy Joes are a pretty easy dinner that I know everyone will eat in my house. I don't want my family getting bored with them so I always try to make a new version to keep it fun.  This time I decided to do a pizza version and it was a major hit.  My son (the picky eater) ate green peppers and mushrooms so I call it a small victory for me as well.  It tasted like a fantastic pizza and it  was quick, easy and on the table in less than 30 minutes.

1lb of lean ground meat
1/3 cup of chopped pepperoni
1-2 cloves of garlic grated
1 cup of finely chopped green bell pepper
1 cup of chopped button mushroom
1-2 cups of mozzarella cheese
1 up to 1 1/2 cups jar spaghetti or pizza sauce
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp of dried basil
salt and black pepper to taste
red chili flakes to taste

Hamburger buns of choice.  I used brioche style rolls.

 Chop all vegetables and pepperoni.  Heat a large pan with 1 Tbs of canola oil.  Brown ground meat (drain any excess oil).  Then add garlic, bell pepper and mushroom and saute for 2-3 minutes. Next add red chili flakes, oregano, basil, salt and black pepper.

Next add 2/3 of the chopped pepperoni and the tomato sauce. Reserve 1/3 of pepperoni to top sloppy joes.  Cook for 5 minutes and taste for seasoning.  Top hamburger style rolls with a serving of sloppy joe mixture.  Then top with handful of mozzarella cheese and some more chopped pepperoni. I also add some mozzarella cheese to the top bun so it would melt and toast on it as well.   Heat oven to 400 and bake until cheese melts.  Serve hot.  Enjoy.

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