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
40 mlolive oil1onion, finely chopped3garlic cloves, finely chopped, plus 1 extra halved500 gmcoarsely minced beef350 mltomato passata250 ml (1 cup)beef stock2 tbspcoarsely chopped oregano2 tspdark brown sugar1 tspdried chilli flakes1 tspfennel seeds1 tbspred wine vinegar4-6large bread rolls, halved2buffalo mozzarella balls (125gm each), thinly slicedSliced pickled chillies and large rocket leaves, to serve
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.
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.