Tuesday, February 24, 2015

28 Day Challenge...Day 23

Sloppy Joes...

Vegan, plant based diet

Making Sloppy Joes for my crowd always brings a smile to everyone's face.  These are just the right combination of flavors.  I like to caramelize the onion before I make these to boost the flavor.  I also let the mixture simmer for 20 minutes to develop the richness, but you can get great results without that step.

  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1 T red wine
  • 2 T white wine
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1¼ c TVP
  • 1½ c water with 1/2 tsp bouillon
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/3 c ketchup
  • 1/3 c barbecue sauce
  • 1 tsp yellow mustard
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced 
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Whole grain buns or bread
  • Fresh lettuce, onions, pickles etc.
  1. Slice your onion in thin slices and add to your largest skillet over medium high heat.  Cover and let the onions steam.
  2. Mix together the TVP (Textured Vegetable Protein) with the chili powder, garlic, paprika, water mixture and soy sauce in a bowl, stir well and let steep.
  3. Stir your onions and let them continue cooking until you start to get some browning in the bottom of the skillet.  Add the red wine and stir well.  The added wine will accelerate the browning so you will need to watch the onions.  When you begin to see more of the browning occur, then add the white wine to the pan and let the onions brown again.  Stir to get up all the browned bits.  Pour out onto a cutting board to cool slightly.
  4. Add the TVP mixture to the skillet with the ketchup, barbecue, mustard, liquid smoke. Quickly chop the cooled onions and then add with garlic to the TVP mixture.  Add the peppers, cover and let simmer for 10-20 minutes.  Taste for salt and pepper additions.
Caramelizing the onions adds so much to this, that I encourage you to give it a try.  If you want to by-pass that step, then just dice your onions, steam and add the fresh garlic, then the TVP mix.  
We like to serve these with hot potato planks cooked at 425 degrees on parchment paper or silpat lined cookie sheets while we prepare the Sloppy Joes.  Garnish with all the fixings and you will get rave reviews!

Vegan, Plant based diet

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