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I have a love/hate relationship with Costco.  You always end up bringing home a whole butt load of shite.  It’s like “hey hun….I know there is only 2 of us at home, but lets buy 25 lbs of meat, a million rolls of toilet paper and store it, because it’s just a slammin deal”.  So I always end up with massive quantities of ground turkey meat, and then I always think holy crapola…..this is gonna get real old, real quick. In all honesty, I end up loving whatever we do with it and I feel a little healthier knowing that I used turkey instead of ground beef.  So guess what kittens, that’s why I’m giving you back to back ground turkey recipes.  Wooohooo!

Growing up as a kid we would always have chicken wings.  So as an adult I’ve been fine living without them.  When I moved here I was appalled when husband and his friends wanted to go to Hooters.  Really?! MMMM…..kkkkaaay…..  They gave me the whole schpeel about only going for their amazing wings….blah…blah…blah…..Sure.  I’m believing it. (I always thought that to be a total cop out. Kind of like when men say they only read Playboy for the articles).  I mean, why would I want to go to a place where some poor pretty young lady has come to a place in her life where she feels she has to serve wings from a basket on top of her head, all the while wearing a sad little outfit from the 80’s?!   Low and behold husband and his friends were right (damn it to hell).  I LOVE HOOTERS BUFFALO WINGS.  There.  I said it.  By the end of our dinning experience I was sold and have since craved those little wings of goodness.  However, I still would like to revamp those outfits.  If ever I had worked there, I would have staged a boycott of those hideous ensembles.  Scratch that. I would have opened my very own restaurant to rival Hooters.  Yes, that’s what I’d have done.  …..and I would have called it “Beavers”.  I would have had those girls rockin some fishnet stalkings, stilettos, and a saucy short trench coat number.  People would flock from near and far!  Oh yes, they would.  ….and I would be the “Beava’ Diva” the Queen of all Beavers!!  I’m on to something here.  Oy, I digress….

I will say that I heart the flavor pairing of the hot sauce and cool blue cheese so I began searching for something I could do with the ground turkey meat.  Rachel Ray had put together this lovely Sloppy Buffalo Joe sammy.  I gave it a try and LOVED it.  Have a go at it!  I will leave the buffalo wings up to Hooters.

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 pounds ground chicken or turkey breast
  • 1 carrot, peeled and chopped or grated
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 2 to 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup hot sauce (recommended: Frank’s Red Hot)
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 8 good quality burger rolls, split and toasted (I used Sammy thins)
  • 1 cup blue cheese crumbles
  • 2 large dill pickles, chopped

Heat a large skillet with extra-virgin olive oil over medium-high heat. Add meat and break it up with wooden spoon, cook 5 to 6 minutes. Add in carrots, celery, onions and garlic, season with salt and freshly ground black pepper, cook 7 to 8 minutes more. In a bowl combine the vinegar, sugar, Worcestershire, hot sauce, tomato sauce and stock. Pour into the pan and stir to combine. Simmer a few minutes more. Pile sloppy Buffalo filling onto buns and top with blue cheese and chopped pickles.


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