Here, I’ve updated this childhood classic with a classic Thai-style satay sauce spiked with red curry paste. While it’s definitely way more stylish than anything your school cafeteria could ever have dished out, it’s still just as comforting and satisfying as the original.
Not a fan of spice? Use Smooth Operator or Crunch Time instead of The Heat is On for a toned-down (but equally delicious) version.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total time: 35 minutes
Yield: 6 servings
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup The Heat Is On peanut butter
1/2 cup beef broth or water
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
2 teaspoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons Thai red curry paste
2 teaspoons fish sauce
1 cup finely diced red onion
1 large clove garlic, finely minced
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
2 pounds lean ground beef
6 large hamburger buns, split and lightly toasted
Chopped cilantro, for garnish
Thinly sliced green onions, for garnish
1. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together coconut milk, The Heat Is On peanut butter, beef broth, lime juice, brown sugar, curry paste and fish sauce until smooth and evenly combined. Set aside.
2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, sauté onion in canola oil for 5 minutes, or until soft and translucent. Add garlic and ginger, and continue cooking for 2 minutes longer, or until garlic is soft.
3. Add beef and cook 5-7 minutes or until cooked through, breaking up with a wooden spoon as it cooks. Stir in the stir fry sauce, and cook for about 5-10 minutes longer, or or until sauce thickens up. Remove from heat.
4. To assemble the sloppy joes, arrange bottom buns on serving plates. Spoon filling onto the buns, dividing evenly between the plates. Garnish with a sprinkle of cilantro and green onion, then finish with the top halves of the buns. Serve immediately with fresh cucumber salad or Asian-style coleslaw.
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Isabelle mentions her affinity for recipes with funny names like sloppy joes, blueberry grunt, spotted dick, toad in the hole, and scrapple. What’s your favorite dish with a fun name?
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