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Cheesy Sloppy Joes

Cheesy Sloppy Joes

Since I started this blog, I have been experimenting with classics and this is the most recent dish I have re-discovered. Sloppy joes were a staple at my home while I was growing up. You all know what I am talking about. Ground hamburger cooked with onions, simmered in savory and slightly sweet tomato sauce all piled high on a crusty hamburger bun. They were messy and delicious and I loved them.  When I made them for dinner this week, I decided to venture off the beaten path just a little bit. First off I used ground turkey, it is a lot better for you and trust me you and your family won’t be able to taste the difference. Second, I made my own sloppy joe sauce, which is easier than you might think. Third, I like the flavor of the whole wheat hamburger buns with this better than the traditional white bread. Finally,  since I was saving some calories by using ground turkey and a whole wheat bun, I figured I could afford to throw some homemade cheese sauce on top and let me tell you it was probably one of the most delicious ideas I have had.

A basic cheese sauce recipe is a good thing to have in your repertoire. I have found a variety of uses for it including dips, topping for broccoli but especially sandwiches.  For this recipe I used the same cheese sauce that I used for my Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches.

I served these with my Homemade Potato Chips and Ryan and I devoured them. Just be sure to have a lot of napkins handy, they are called sloppy joes for a reason.

Cheesy Sloppy Joes

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Serves 4 Prep Time: Cook Time:

Ingredients:

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • sprinkle of cayenne
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 4 whole wheat hamburger buns
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup milk (I used non-fat once too and that worked just fine)
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • kosher salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

1

In a bowl whisk together tomato sauce, white wine vinegar, worcestershire sauce, granulated garlic, ground mustard, cayenne, brown sugar and salt and pepper.

2

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook onions and ground turkey until brown and cooked through. (Note: Unlike hamburger, there is no real need to strain the fat from the turkey, there will not be much at all.)

3

Add tomato mixture to the pan, stir to combined. Bring to a boil. Reduce to medium low and allow to cook 30-40 minutes, or until sauce reduces and is thick. (Note: Mixture should not be overly saucy. The meat will be coated in the sauce, but you won't have sauce dripping from the spoon when you scoop up the mixture.)

4

While the meat mixture is cooking, make the cheese sauce. In a sauce pan over medium heat, melt butter. When butter has melted, whisk in flour. Cook 1 minute. Slowly stir in milk. Stir in cream cheese and shredded cheddar and cook until melted. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

5

Preheat your broiler. Toast the hamburger buns.

6

Scoop the turkey mixture onto the bun, top with cheese sauce. Serve.

Notes

Enjoy!

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  • Nice photo! I’ve made those before for Andrew, didn’t add cheese though, nice thought

  • When I was a kid, my mom used to make sloppy joes open-faced. She’d then put a slice of American cheese and a slice of tomato on top and then broil them until the cheese was all melty. I may have to try your version to recreate this childhood memory now that I don’t eat American cheese!

  • I grew up with sloppy joe’s too… I think everyone did LOL! Looks like you made some fun changes to make it a bit more up-to-date!

  • Esi

    I love how you made these a little healthier, but still used the cheese sauce! They look great!

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  • These look so yummy. I love sloppy joes and it’s great to see another version!

  • Rmg12

    Ok we don’t have these over here (n such thing in the UK) and I was looking at what they were. Most looked foul, this one looks quite tasty however.

  • Ooh, anything with cheese sauce just has to be delicious!

  • That cheese sauce looks amazing! I always thought that sloppy joes were so much better with cheese!

  • I never liked sloppy joes growing up, but I think I would like this version a lot! I’ll admit, it’s the cheese sauce that won me over :)

  • Thanks Rita!
    Mindy: A tomato slice would be super yummy on this!
    RecipeGirl: Haha I think you are right, everyone grew up on these!
    Thanks Esi!
    Thank you Sara!
    Thanks Rmg12!
    I agree Karly!
    Thank you Carrie!
    Theresa: funny how cheese sauce can have that effect on you huh? ;-)

  • Adding a cheese sauce to sloppy joes sounds really good!

  • What a great idea! These sound like a much tastier version of regular sloppy joes.

  • We were just talking the other day about making sloppy joes. The turkeys around here are gross but I do have some great beef chuck that I can chop up. This will be fun, thanks.

  • I truly apprecaite how you made this a bit healtheir using turkey! I am goign to make these without the cheese to start as they look for tasty and juicy on their own.

  • Thanks Kevin and Kristen!
    You’re welcome Carrie!
    Savor: They are pretty tasty and probably healthier without the cheese sauce, but there is just something about melty cheese that makes my mouth water ;-)

  • David

    Great recipe! I substituted ground chicken for turkey though. I took the leftovers both sloppy joe and cheese sauce and made a casserole with it the next day. Delicious! Gave it to a friend who loved it as well.

  • Thank you David! I never would have thought to change the leftovers into a casserole. What a great idea!

  • These sandwiches look amazing! I’ve never had cheese sauce on a sloppy joe, but am looking forward to trying it out. Thanks for the great recipe.

  • Chelle

    These were AMAZING!!! My 4 year old asked for seconds :o) I did omit the sugar though. Definitely going to check out your other recipes. Thanks!

  • My fam LOVED this! I made a jack cheese sauce instead as that was the only cheese in the house…yummmmmmm!!!! Another great recipe…thank you!

  • You’re welcome Anne!