Monday, January 21, 2008

Hoisin-Lime Sloppy Joes -- Courtesy of the Beazers

So recently the Beazers had us over for dinner (I know you're thinking...do you ever cook for yourself or do the Beazers just feed you all the time and the answer is yes and yes, and we try to have them over too, but then they always invite us again. We try to repay them with babysitting...alas on to the rest of this story). So the Beazers always make amazing food, continously amazing me with their ability to incorporate so many vegatables into their cooking (our diet seriously suffers from lack of vegetables but we're getting better). So the other day they made these Hoisin-Lime Sloppy Joes that were so good. Joe loves sloppy joes, but the traditional ones aren't my favorite so I had to get this recipe (Brooke I still need the Sweet Potato Pot Pie Recipe too...that was good). Technically this recipe is originally from ming.com so I suppose we should reference them too. So here goes, I'll put some notes on the bottom about things I changed up a bit...if you are wondering where to get Hoisin sauce...go to a local asian market and it'll be much cheaper than the grocery store (we got a bottle for $1.79). We served the sloppy joes with cucumber slices and oranges....and I think salad one of the other times. Its good.

First the sauce: (yields 2 cups)
Sauce:(yields 2 cups)
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons grapeseed or canola oil
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 tablespoon peeled and minced fresh ginger
2 cups hoisin sauce
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Directions on sauce:
Heat a wok or large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the 2 tablespoons of oil and swirl to coat the pan. Add the garlic and ginger and sauté until soft, about 2 minutes. Add the hoisin sauce and stir to prevent burning. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute, then add the lime juice. Transfer the mixture to a blender and blend, drizzling in the 1/2 cup oil. Season with salt and pepper. Cool thoroughly and use or store. (you'll be using most or all of it for the sloppy joes)

For the sandwiches:
2 tablespoons grapeseed or canola oil
2 medium red onions, cut into 1/4-inch dice
1 cup celery cut into 1/4-inch dice
2 jalapeños, stemmed and minced, or 1 tablespoon sambal oelek or hot sauce
1 pound ground beef
1 pound ground pork
8 ounces chopped roma tomatoes, canned or fresh
1 1/2 cups Hoisin-Lime Sauce
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
4 to 6 hamburger buns
1 head of iceberg lettuce, shredded

Heat a large deep, heavy saucepan over high heat. Add the oil and swirl to coat the pan. Add the onions, celery, and jalapeños and sauté until soft, about 2 minutes. Add the beef and pork and brown lightly, breaking up any clumps with a wooden spoon, about 5 minutes.
Add the tomatoes and the Hoisin-Lime Sauce and season with salt and pepper. Bring the mixture to a slow simmer and cook until cooked down and thickened enough to mound when ladled, 30 to 45 minutes.
Toast the buns and place a bottom half on each serving plate. Top with some of the lettuce, large scoops of the sloppy joe mixture, and more lettuce. Place the top buns over the contents and serve. This makes a LOT of sloppy joe meat...we at it over the course of several days.

Notes from me: on the sauce, I really thought there was too much oil, so next time we're going to try to reduce that to 1/4 cup instead of 1/2 cup. You need it to hold the sauce together I guess, but it was a little oilier than I like. Also we didn't add celery because we didn't have any and Brooke said they didn't do this. For the tomatoes we just used a can of diced tomatoes with jalapenos in it and drained off the juice (this meant we also didn't buy/add jalapenos). Also we used ground turkey rather than pork and beef--healthier and with the sauce you can't even tell. Finally we used cabbage instead of iceburg lettuce, you stil get the cruch, it doesn't taste cabbagey cuz all you taste is the hoisin sauce...and its better for you--look here.


Phew, this post is done, I hope you like them.

2 little remarks:

Paul said...

Soooooo . . . nobody's said it yet? Nobody's gonna say it? I'll say it:
"So me and sloppy Joe got married . . . We got six kids and we're doin just fine . . . her in . . . LUNCH LADY LAAAAAAAANNNDDD!!"

I feel better. Seriously, there is true catharsis operating there. Yeah! CATHARSIS!!! Look it up, Scrabble-Boy!!!

Helena said...

I'm making them right now Anna, had to come and look up the recipe. Thanks.

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