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Announcement: Wednesday, June 16, 2021: Turkey Sloppy Joes
June 22nd, 2021 by Max Koster

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Tonight I am making Turkey Sloppy Joes because I want to make sure I practice making some of my favorite family meals (since I’m going to college in the fall).  This is a very straightforward, 4-step recipe, especially if you can find pre-chopped onions and carrots:

Here’s what you need:

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And here’s the recipe (adapted from Martha Stewart’s Sloppy Joe recipe)

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 carrots, coarsely chopped or grated
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 1 garlic clove minced.
  • 3 tablespoons tomato pasta
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 2 15 ounce cans crushed  tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce (optional, but good if you have it)
  • 4 hamburger buns (brioche = best)

Step 1: chop your carrots and onions (even if you brought them already chopped, they probably need to be chopped more finely.

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Step 2: heat the oil at medium heat in a large saucepan. Add the onions and carrots and cook until soft, then add the garlic (if you add it too early, it may get too brown.) Salt and pepper.

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Step 3: add the tomato paste and cook for one minute, then add the turkey, breaking it up with a spatula, until no longer pink (about 4-5 minutes).

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Step 4: finally add the tomatoes, sugar, vinegar, and Worcestshire sauce. Cook for 12-14 minutes, stirring once in a while until thickened.

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Serve over your brioche buns.  (Note Koko’s photo-bomb)

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