Wednesday, August 5, 2009

CrockPot Sloppy Joes

Lessons learned....if you're using not particularly lean ground beef in the crockpot it's best to brown & drain beforehand.  It wasn't unbearably greasy but would have been a bit better.  On the otherhand there's a lot to be said for just chucking everything into the crockpot the night before and turning it on for DH to tend during the day.

The French bread part deux was not bad.  This time I put half into a loaf pan (it didn't get very tall though so I think probably closer to 3/4 of the dough would make a better loaf).  The other half I pinched off into 1-1.5 inch balls and made pull-apart style rolls.  The kids really liked those.  They were slightly overdone at 12 minutes in a 400 oven though so probably closer to 10 minutes.

This was my improvisation on various Sloppy Joe recipes I'd seen around.  It still needs some work I think.  DH said it was much better with some extra ketchup on it.  The watermelon was the perfect acommpaniment though. 

Crockpot Sloppy Joes (serve 4)
3/4 - 1 lb ground beef
1/2 onion diced
14.5 oz can diced tomato w/ chipotle
2 T worcestershire sauce
1 T molasses

Combine all ingredient in the crockpot and cook on low for 8 hours.  You'll need to break up the meat at the early stages of cooking.  Alternately you can brown the meat first and then add it cooked to the crockpot.

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