Lean Beef Works Well In Sloppy Joes

DINNER TONIGHT

Meal: It also makes for a quick and easy entree.

March 24, 2002|By Raeanne Sarazen | Raeanne Sarazen,Special to the Sun

Unlike hamburgers that need some fat in the meat to produce a juicy burger, sloppy Joes can be made with lean ground beef because it is cooked in a sauce. Yes, it is a "sloppy" meal, especially for kids, but it also is quick and easy.

For a change of pace, team the sandwiches with cubed pineapple and try frozen yogurt for dessert.

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Sloppy Joes

Home fries

Cubed fresh pineapple

Vanilla frozen yogurt with chocolate sauce

Soda or beer

TIME-SAVING TIPS

* Instead of onions, use green onions, shallots or minced dried onion.

* Instead of bell pepper, use other peppers, bottled roasted red peppers or chopped fresh herbs, such as parsley or cilantro.

* Instead of Worcestershire sauce, use steak or chili sauce.

* Instead of home fries, use frozen fries or other potatoes.

Raeanne Sarazen is a writer for the Chicago Tribune.

Sloppy Joes With Home Fries

Preparation time: 25 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

HOME FRIES:

1 1/2 pounds russet or Yukon gold potatoes, peeled, cut into wedges

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

1/2 teaspoon salt

freshly ground pepper

SLOPPY JOES

2 teaspoons vegetable oil

1 small onion, chopped

1/2 red or green bell pepper, diced

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 pound 95 percent lean ground beef or ground turkey

1/2 cup each: ketchup and water

2 tablespoons Worcester- shire sauce

1/2 teaspoon salt

freshly ground pepper

4 kaiser rolls, toasted

Heat oven to 450 degrees. For fries, place potatoes in microwave-safe bowl; cover with plastic wrap. Cook in microwave on high 10 minutes. Transfer potatoes to foil-lined jellyroll pan sprayed with vegetable oil spray.

Toss potatoes with oil, salt and pepper to taste. Cook, turning once, until golden, about 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, for sloppy Joes, heat oil in medium nonstick skillet. Add onion and pepper; cook until slightly softened, about 2 minutes. Add garlic; cook 1 minute. Add ground beef; cook, breaking up pieces, until browned and crumbled, about 4 minutes. Mix in ketchup, water, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper to taste; simmer until flavors are blended, about 15 minutes. Serve on toasted rolls with potatoes on the side.

Nutritional information per serving: 495 calories, 32 percent of calories from fat, 19 grams fat, 3.7 grams saturated fat, 45 milligrams cholesterol, 65 grams carbohydrate, 26 grams protein, 1,320 milligrams sodium, 6 grams fiber

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