When I was about 11 years old, we moved from suburbs of Chicago to the sticks of west central Wisconsin. We actually experienced culture shock. Water fountains were bubblers. Creeks were cricks. Lunch was a snack you had after a 4-H meeting in the evening, and the noon meal was dinner. The same foods had different names, too: pop was soda, casserole was hot dish; and sloppy joes were barbecues!
I can’t remember the source of the recipe I am going to share with you. It was one that I “lightened” when I was doing Weight Watchers and cooking for a family of five. Yes, all the kids liked it, and lots of people I served it to wanted the recipe. This recipe serves six, and each 4-ounce serving, excluding the bun, is 162 calories.
- 1 pound ground turkey (at least 80 percent lean)
- 3/4 cup onion, finely chopped
- 1 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 cup chili sauce
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
- 8 ounces tomato sauce
- Brown turkey and onion together and drain.
- Add all other ingredients and simmer until turkey is completely cooked and all ingredients are heated through.
- Serve on buns while hot.
I like to serve these sandwiches with sour dill pickles and oven-roasted potato wedges. You could also use lean ground beef instead of the ground turkey. The calorie count would be a bit higher. Please don’t make the mistake of using cheap ground turkey or fatty hamburger because the results would be yucky.
So there you have it–the best sloppy joe recipe! Enjoy! Begonia