Happy National Sloppy Joe Day! I think I’d make some readers here nostalgic to your childhood memory today!
So Sloppy Joe and I don’t have much memory between us…It’s simply because my college’s cafeteria didn’t have them, and except from school cafeteria where can we get to know them? All I saw in my college cafeteria was hamburgers, fries, plain pizza(didn’t even know Americans call cheese pizza “plain”!) some noodles like chow mein or Pad Thai(occasionally changed depending on…I don’t know, cook’s feeling?) or other baked goods like giant cookies or snacks.
One day after I started to work full time and met my future-husband, we talked about what school lunch was like in our childhood. Even though I remember a lot of school lunch items, he remembered very little about them. Maybe he wasn’t that food fanatic like me, but one lunch item he told me was sloppy joe.
As you can predict, I never heard about that. He explained that it’s like bolognese sauce without pasta but as the filling for a sandwich. After several days, we had a chance to try it because a food truck had that. We’re supposed to share it but he felt so nostalgic about it, I just had one bite and gave all the lest to him.
After loooong time has passed, I learned sloppy joe even got to be a national food holiday. I haven’t tried making it on my own, so this is going to be my first time cooking!
Ready to feel nostalgic, for those who went to American schools? For those who didn’t go to American schools(except colleges/uni, you’re about to see an interesting food today! Let’s cook!
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- ¼ onion – chopped
- 1 medium carrot – chopped
- ½ bell pepper or 1 jalapeno – chopped
- 150g plant based ground protein
- 1 clove garlic – minced
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Some bread
- 1 tablespoon ketchup
- 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce *I used okonomi sauce
- ½ teaspoon mustard
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon cumin powder
- Sprinkles of nutmeg powder
- Sprinkles of paprika powder
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- Mix all ingredients for seasoning and set aside.
- Pour olive oil in a pan and bring it to medium high. Add garlic and wait until it starts to sizzle.
- Add onion, carrot, pepper and cook until they’re soft.
- Add protein and give a few stir to mix all ingredients well.
- Toast bread.
- Add seasoning mixture.
- When all the ingredients are fully mixed, remove from heat and put them on bread to make a sandwich. Enjoy!
My husband told me it’s supposed to be juicier, sloppier, and messier, so I think I should have added some water and made the sauce thick with potato-starch-water mixture. He also told me sloppy joe isn’t fancy food enjoyed in a restaurant but messier-dirtier-is-better to enjoy the pleasure of having casual food, so be ready to make your plate a mess (and forget about the fork and knife!)
Sweet tangy flavor of the sandwich was good, especially since we don’t usually eat this rich flavored sandwich, so it was good trying something different from what we usually eat.
Here is our little conversation made between us.
Me: “Do you like this sloppy joe?”
Me: “Do you want to go back to your childhood?”
Hubby: “For sloppy joe? NO!”
For the protein, I think a lot of people use ground beef to make sloppy joe, but I used vegan meat from Fry’s.
We’re still exploring vegan meat, and since it was our first time trying one from this brand, we’re looking forward to how this turns out in my homemade food.
Hmm, the texture was interesting. Clearly it wasn’t “meat” but something else. The first thing we noticed was texture. It is made from pea protein, and it makes us feel as if we’re eating all-juice-soaked-up-barley. It was soft, chewy like small tapioca pearls.
I think I’ll post an in-depth review for this later.
Anyways, happy National Sloppy Joe Day to you guys! I hope you like sloppy joe and enjoyed my post today!
<Other Taking-You-Nostalgic Food>
The classic item! Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich
More cheese, more pepperoni please! Pepperoni Pizza
I’m forever jealous of American kids! Chocolate Milk
Enjoy home cooking and your own creation of homemade food:)