Last night, hubby and I were debating what we wanted for supper. We wanted something simple, and he suggested Sloppy Joe sandwiches with a light Caesar salad on the side. Sloppy Joes are a sentimental meal for us (for reasons I’ll explain in another post at a later date), but for last night’s meal, I wanted to do a twist on the more traditional Sloppy Joe and so, instead, I tried making us Sloppy Pizza Joes.
This recipe is inspired by a recipe for Pizza Burgers in my Betty Crocker Diabetic Cooking cookbook. We served them open-faced on toasted onion poppy ciabatta rolls, but sliced French or Italian bread, hamburger buns, or sandwich bread would work well, also. It earned my hubby’s highest praise: he dubbed it a “keeper” and said I could make it just any time I wanted. 😉
So the next time you’re wanting an easy supper but a pizza taste sounds good, don’t make it a Manwich night 😉 — make it a Sloppy Pizza Joe night! 🙂
Sloppy Pizza Joes (Serves 4 to 6)
- 1 pound lean (93/7) ground turkey (which is what I used) or ground beef
- 1/2 to 1 onion, diced
- 1/2 to 1 bell pepper, seeded and chopped (I used green; you could use red, yellow, or orange, or substitute some mushrooms instead)
- 1 can (4 ounces, or 1/2 cup) sliced black olives, drained
- 2 (8 ounces EACH) cans tomato sauce (I used tomato sauce seasoned with basil, garlic, and oregano to speed things along) (NOTE: You could also use a 6 ounce can of tomato paste to which you add wine or water, or a can of tomato puree to which you add a bit more wine or water)
- Splash of red wine (optional)
- Splash of Worcestershire sauce
- Additional seasonings to taste to boost the flavor: sprinkle of red pepper flakes, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, basil, and oregano
- Grated mozzarella cheese (I used park-skim mozzarella — and do yourself a favor and grate your own!)
- Sliced pepperoni (I used turkey pepperoni; hubby used regular pepperoni)
- Toasted bread (whatever you like — ciabatta, sliced sandwich bread, hamburger buns, sliced French or Italian)
- Splash of olive or canola oil (for cooking)
- In a medium to large skillet (add in a bit of oil as needed), brown ground meat. Drain if necessary (there likely won’t be anything to drain away). Add in a splash of wine (optional) and then onion and bell pepper.
- Stir in tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, black olives, and any additional seasonings to taste. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until onion and bell pepper are tender (about 10 to 15 minutes).
- Spoon onto toasted bread. Top with a few pepperoni slices (this completes the “pizza” flavor) and sprinkle with a bit of shredded mozzarella cheese. We prefer to eat ours open-faced.
- Refrigerate leftovers.