10.16.2008

Turkey Sloppy Joes


No earth-shaking recipe for dinner last night. But it is a favorite at home as well as at the occasional football tailgate. I made Turkey Sloppy Joes, which takes me all of 15 minutes to make, and served them with steamed green beans.

Turkey Sloppy Joes are a good entree to take to a tailgate. They transport well, are generally a crowd pleaser, and require a minimal amount of work to prepare. I transport the seasoned meat in the insert to my crock pot. The insert is warmed by filling it with boiling water for 10 minutes. Pour out the water before filling it, and the meat stays hot until it is served. The insert is packed in a large cooler surrounded by clean dish towels. When it is time to enjoy the Turkey Sloppy Joes, spoon the seasoned meat into buns.

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Turkey Sloppy Joes

makes 8 sandwiches

1 package ground turkey - about 1 1/3 pounds
1/2 to 3/4 cup barbecue sauce (I use Sweet Baby Ray's)
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
8 whole wheat hamburger buns

Heat a saucepan to medium high. Add the ground turkey and cook until browned. Drain off any grease. Add the barbecue sauce and cheese and stir until the cheese is melted. Add up to 3/4 cup barbecue sauce depending on how saucy you like your sloppy joes. Turn heat to low and cook the seasoned meat for about 5 minutes. Serve on buns.

Note - the sloppy joe meat can be frozen up to 3 months. After preparing the seasoned meat, cool and package in large resealable freezer bags. When you want to serve it, thaw in the refrigerator overnight and reheat in the microwave on 70% power until heated through or in a saucepan over low heat.


15 comments:

Patsyk said...

I love quick and delicious meals like that! Sounds perfect for a football party at home, too!

kat said...

Using turkey in sloppy joes is such a good idea!

Michele said...

we tailgate in NJ? :-) I use ground turkey as a quick "go to" in a lot of recipes. Good choice of sauce with Sweet Baby Ray's...I love that stuff!

Biz said...

I'll have to try turkey for sloppy joes - maybe I'll have to sneak half and half beef so my family won't freak out too much!

Thanks!

EAT! said...

michele - it may only be tailgating at pee wee football games but it still is tailgating. I'm always up for a good party in a parking lot.

Aggie said...

Love Sweet Baby Rays...this is a great, simple recipe!

That Girl said...

I like the idea of using turkey in the sloppy joes. And I love Sweet Baby Rays.

Lo said...

Fifteen minute meals are always a welcome addition to our repertoire. We love to cook, but some nights just don't allow it!

Jenny said...

Mmmmm, I love sloppy joes! Reminds me of my childhood! Great recipe!

Hillary said...

I love substituting ground turkey for ground beef! Great sloppy Joe's.

MaryBeth said...

This looks so good, and I must say sounds like it taste better than that stuff you get in the can. I will have to give yours a try.

Prudy said...

Easy peasy-I love it!

Maria said...

A great meal in no time!

Annie said...

YUM! I haven't had a sloppy joe since I was about 10 years old.

I do sometimes crave them, but I wasn't sure how to make them tasty without using that packaged powdered stuff.
Thanks for posting this, as simple as it is, I would not have known how to make it... =)

maybelle's mom said...

i love sloppy joes. Turkey is probably much healthier.