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Italian sloppy Joes

Italian sloppy Joes recipe - 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

By Max Adey
  • 15 mins preparation
  • 20 mins cooking
  • Serves 4 - 6
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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.

Ingredients

  • 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 beef stock (1 cup)
  • 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

Method

Main
  • 1
    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.
  • 2
    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.