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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
  • Serves 4 - 6
  • 15 mins preparation
  • 20 mins cooking
Italian sloppy Joes
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.