Hey, Joe — Tuck in Your Shirt!

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)
  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. 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.
  4. Refrigerate leftovers.

Buon Appetito!


About MissieLee

I love tasty food prepared in a healthy way with a budget in mind.
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2 Responses to Hey, Joe — Tuck in Your Shirt!

  1. LinnieGayl says:

    I’ll bet these are really good. How do you think they would be with green olives instead of black olives?

    • MissieLee says:

      If you’re a green olive kinda person, it would be tasty! However, I think it might be more visually appealing if you added the sliced green olives to top each individual sandwich instead of cooking the green olives in with the mixture.

      You could also cook the pepperoni in with the meat mixture, but as hubby prefers regular pepperoni and I prefer turkey pepperoni, it’s easier for us to add it to the individual sandwiches.

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