Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Sloppy Birds

This is my version of a sloppy joe. I call them sloppy birds because I use ground turkey instead of ground beef. It's a little healthier that way and honestly I can't tell the difference. I'm no mother, but I bet these would be a big hit with the kids. Now, this doesn't use a can of Manwich, but it is almost as easy. It's just dumping in a can of tomato sauce and some other seasonings that you most likely have on hand. Note, this recipe has been altered from a Rachael Ray recipe.

1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 and 1/4 pounds ground turkey
3 Tbsps brown sugar (adds a little sweetness)
3 tsps steak seasoning, such as McCormick's Montreal Chicken blend
1 small onion, chopped (or half a large onion)
1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 (15 ounce) can tomatoe sauce
2 Tbsp. tomato paste
4 yummy bakery rolls, split, toasted, and lightly buttered
Garnish with sliced tomato, pickles or banana peppers

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil and turkey to the pan, breaking it up with a wooden spoon or spatula. Combine brown sugar and steak seasoning, then add the mixture to the skillet and combine. When the meat has browned, add the onion and red pepper. Reduce heat to medium and cook for 5 minutes. Add vinegar, stirring briefly to reduce, then add Worcestershire sauce, tomato sauce and paste, stirring to combine. Reduce heat to simmer and cook sloppy bird mixture for at least 10 minutes, stirring often. This will allow the mixture to thicken and not be so sloppy.

Spoon mixture onto the buns and top with select garnishes.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds yummy! And I have just the kid to test it out on (2 kids if you count my husband).