Sloppy Joes (Crockpot – possible!)

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2 lbs hamburger                                              1 small bottle catsup

12 cup onion, chopped                                   2 tbsp brown sugar

1/2 cup celery, chopped                                 1 cup tomato paste

1/2 cup vinegar                                                salt and pepper to taste

2 tbsp dry mustard

Add 1 cup water to hamburger. Cook. Add the rest of the ingredients and continue cooking. Serve with hamburger buns.

  • Mandy’s Hints: The above recipe is written just as it appears in the book. Again, it’s very basic and straightforward. 🙂
  • I was only using 1 lb of meat (ground turkey), so I halved the entire recipe.
  • Since I don’t have a “small” bottle of catsup, I just guessed as to the amount needed, eyeballing it, and went with about 1 cup. That seemed perfect! ( I later did some research and the smallest bottle I found was 14 ounces, which is almost 2 cups, so it would seem I was close in my guess!)
  • I also don’t have dry mustard, so I just substituted with regular mustard – didn’t seem to matter.
  • I didn’t have celery, so I omitted it this time.
  • I’m not a fan of the “tart” (is that what it is? Or is it sour?) taste that comes with vinegar when it’s in a recipe, so I will use even less than what’s called for the next time I make this. Other than that, this was delicious! My husband and son loved it!
  • We didn’t have hamburger buns (I did, but didn’t think to get them out of the freezer to thaw in time), so we just used our homemade whole wheat bread (recipe here) and I’m positive it was better than the buns would’ve been – that bread is good with EVERYTHING!!! 🙂
  • HERE’S THE BEST PART – I browned the meat, throwing the diced onions in with the meat. I mixed the rest of the ingredients in a bowl. THEN I threw all of it together into a crockpot, placed it on low and left it for about 3-4 hours! So, while you could make this fairly quickly on the stove top, you can also make this ahead of time – a crockpot meal, like I did and finish housework, run errands, enjoy family time, OR take a bike ride in 70+ degrees, IN NOVEMBER, with your son to vote. 🙂 Come home, and run back out to do some errands with your husband and son, come back home, and voilà! Dinner is ready.

*The Amish Cooking cookbook has hundreds (maybe thousands? I haven’t counted and don’t plan on it..) of recipes and no names were listed as to whom to give credit to for the actual individual recipes. Therefore, I can not give credit to the proper person for these sloppy joes.

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