Italian sloppy Joes

The classic sloppy Joe is essentially mince on toast in sandwich form. Here, with the addition of mozzarella and pickles, we've gone for more of a sloppy Giuseppe.

You'll need

40 ml olive oil 1 onion, finely chopped 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped, plus 1 extra halved 500 gm coarsely minced beef 350 ml tomato passata 250 ml (1 cup) beef stock 2 tbsp coarsely chopped oregano 2 tsp dark brown sugar 1 tsp dried chilli flakes 1 tsp fennel seeds 1 tbsp red wine vinegar 4-6 large bread rolls, halved 2 buffalo mozzarella balls (125gm each), thinly sliced Sliced pickled chillies and large rocket leaves, to serve


  • 01
  • Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over high heat, add onion and chopped garlic and sauté until golden (2-3 minutes). Add beef and brown well, breaking up lumps with a wooden spoon (2-3 minutes). Add passata, stock, oregano, sugar, chilli flakes and fennel seeds, season to taste and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened and well flavoured (8-10 minutes). Stir in vinegar and season to taste.
  • 02
  • Meanwhile, preheat grill to high and toast rolls cut sides up on an oven tray (1-2 minutes). Rub the top halves with cut sides of halved garlic. Top the bases with mozzarella slices and grill until melted (1-2 minutes). Spoon meat over melted cheese, top with pickles and rocket, sandwich with tops and serve.

At A Glance

  • Serves 4 - 6 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 4 - 6 people

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Aug 2017

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