Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Italian Sloppy Joes

We're going to host a Super Bowl party this year and by the look of the 49ers last week we may actually be rooting for a home team!  I watch all the dorky competitive cooking shows and Cooking, Bravo and Food Network.  It's amazing that Drew puts up with it.  Anyway, I was totally cheering for Jeff Mauro, aka the Sandwich King and a Chicago native, to win Next Food Network Star and he did!  So, I feel obligated to post one of his Big Game recipes I found.  This is a do-ahead recipe which makes this a cake walk to pull together and serve warm just before guests arrive. If you are anti veal, no problem.  Just go equal parts beef and pork.   Happy Super Bowl 2012!

Italian Sloppy Joes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground sirloin
  • 8 ounces ground pork
  • 8 ounces ground veal
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • One 28-ounce can diced tomatoes, with juice
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 slices aged provolone cheese
  • 8 hinged hoagie/sub rolls
  • Oil-packed hot giardiniera, for serving
  • Chianti, for serving
Heat the olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add in the sirloin, pork and veal, and brown until no longer pink, about 10 minutes. With a slotted spoon, remove the meat and store in a bowl, leaving the juices and fat in the Dutch oven. 

Sweat the garlic, onions and Italian seasoning in the Dutch oven, stirring frequently to insure they do not burn. Once the onions are translucent, add the meat back to the pan and then add the wine to deglaze. Add in the tomatoes and milk and bring to a simmer, stirring frequently until the sauce thickens, about 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Sandwich Build: Place a piece of cheese in each hoagie roll. Place some meat on top and the some giardiniera on the top of it all. Serve with a pint of Chianti.


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