Wayne and I love anything with Frank’s hot sauce. We have a bottle (the giant one) in our fridge at any given time. I saw this recipe on a re-run of 30 Minute Meals not long ago and knew I had to make it. As annoying as Rachael Ray can be sometimes (sorry to any diehards out there!), she really does have some good recipes and ideas. In fact, I recently subscribed to her magazine. Anyway… on with it!
Sloppy Buffalo Joes
From Rachael Ray
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 pounds ground chicken or turkey breast (I used 1 pound chicken)
- 1 carrot, peeled and chopped or grated
- 2 stalks celery, chopped
- 1 yellow onion, finely chopped
- 2 to 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar (I used 1 Tbsp)
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar (I used 1 Tbsp)
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 to 1/3 cup hot sauce (recommended: Frank’s Red Hot) (I used 2 Tbsp and the heat was perfect for us)
- 1 cup tomato sauce (I used 1/2 cup)
- 1 cup chicken stock (I used 1/2 cup)
- 8 good quality burger rolls, split and toasted
- 1 cup blue cheese crumbles
- 2 large dill pickles, chopped
Heat a large skillet with extra-virgin olive oil over medium-high heat. Add meat and break it up with wooden spoon, cook 5 to 6 minutes. Add in carrots, celery, onions and garlic, season with salt and freshly ground black pepper, cook 7 to 8 minutes more. In a bowl combine the vinegar, sugar, Worcestershire, hot sauce, tomato sauce and stock. Pour into the pan and stir to combine. Simmer a few minutes more. Pile sloppy Buffalo filling onto buns and top with blue cheese and chopped pickles.
The verdict: These were really yummy! Or should I say, YUMMO! Quick note about blue (bleu?) cheese… I’ve never cared for it. I try to like it, and I want to like it… but I could only tolerate a couple crumbles on my sandwich. Someday, maybe!
Now, because I can’t resist showing off my crazy cat…