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While Daddy’s Away…

I bought “The Cookbook for Kids” by William Sonoma at the book fair at Audrey’s school a few months ago. Regrettably, I haven’t cooked anything in it…until last night. Mike’s away for a training/conference for the week so I told Audrey to pick a few recipes. The idea is that she would cook with me. Not this time. She DID eat everything, though! First up: Sloppy Joe’s. Of course I forgot to take a picture of them, but you all know what they look like, right? Plus, they’re on the cover of the book in the picture right here! When I told Audrey I never took a picture she suggested using an x-ray machine to snap an image of the food in her tummy. A good idea, but not very practical!

What You Need:
1 T olive oil
1 1/4 lb. ground beef or turkey
2 T. golden brown sugar
2 T dried minced onion (we left this out)
1 t. paprika
1 t. chili powder
1/2 t. garlic powder
1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
2 T. tomato paste (left this out too)
2 T. worcestershire sauce
2 t. red wine vinegar (again, this was not included)
Salt & black pepper
Hamburger buns, 4 split

1. First cook the filling: Place a large frying pan over medium-high heat. If you are using turkey, add the oil to the skillet to keep it from sticking. Add the meat and cook, using a wooden spoon to break it up into small pieces, until evenly cookied, 8-10 minutes. (Ask an adult to help you pour off the fat if the mixture seems too greasy.) Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the brown sugar, onion, paprika, chili powder, and garlic powder. Cook, stirring, until blended, about 2 minutes.

2. Then add flavor: Add the tomato sauce, tomato paste, worcestershire sauce, and vinegar. Stir until well mixed. Bring to a boil over high heat. Immediately reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring often to blend the flavors, about 5 minutes longer. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

3. Finally serve the joes: Place a bun bottom, cut side up, on each of 4 plates. Spoon an equal amount of the meat mixture over the buns, then place the bun tops on top. Serve hot.

Makes 4 servings.

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One thought on “While Daddy’s Away…

  1. What a clever girl…xray….that made me laugh…my little girl loves to bake …she is a bit of an expert with pancakes..and was so pleased with her last ones…she asked if she was ready to go on come dine with me….a tv programme were people invite strangers to their house and cook for them(just incase you dont get it were you are)….ELiza Keating

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