Best Ever Sloppy Joe's
2 pounds of ground beef
1 medium onion (we use purple), diced
1 large green pepper, diced
2 or 3 stalks of celery, diced finely
1-2 tbsp. minced garlic
1 1/2 cups ketchup
1 cup water
2-3 tbsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. mustard
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
1 1/2 tsp. Worstershershire sauce
1 can tomato sauce
Tabasco sauce (I used 3-5 shakes)
salt and pepper, as desired
Brown the beef with the veggies. As the beef is browned and veggies are tender, add the remaining ingredients. Simmer for about fifteen minutes and serve!
Also, we have gotten into French fries lately. I didn't eat a fry for the past several years, until a few months ago. We have discovered this "oven baked" recipe and it's fantastic! And simple, once the fries are cut. I use a large crinkle type cutter and it simplifies the process.
Amazing Baked Fries
Cut your potatoes into 1/4" strips, then cut those strips into 1/4" squares. (Ours are never quite that thin. We do them more into flat wedges.) Soak in a large bowl of ice water for 30 minutes. (Make your sloppy Joe's while they soak!) Grease a baking sheet with about 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Set it aside. Pour the water off the potatoes and drain them well, then pour them out onto a towel or paper towels. Dry them off for a few minutes and dry the large bowl. (I use the large Fix and Mix bowl from Tupperware because it has a lid.) Put the potatoes back into the bowl, then drizzle about 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil over the top. Cover with lots of salt and pepper. Put the lid on the potatoes and shake them until all are covered well. Pour them out onto the baking sheet in one single layer. Do you stack the potatoes. Use two pans if necessary. Cover them in foil and bake in a 475* for about five minutes. Remove the foil then lower the temp to 425 for about fifteen - twenty more minutes. You can stir them a bit, but we like them crunchy, so we leave them be. Remove from the oven and cover in Parmesan cheese. The cheese will melt onto the potatoes like a coating. Oh my! SOOOOO tasty and really not a lot of work!
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