We spend weeks planning a delicious, stunning Thanksgiving menu which is fun but also a lot of pressure. You would think once the big meal is over we would be done, right? Wrong! Then comes the week of leftovers. You can only eat so many turkey and stuffing sandwiches before people get fidgety for something different. That’s when home cooks need to get creative…
I recently had a steamy daydream about a rich, saucy, messy sloppy joe so I figured why not make a turkey version. We had turkey. We had leftover dinner rolls. Everything else was in the fridge including my homemade tomato paste. The kid was on board with the idea immediately but Mr. B was a little more reserved. I am happy to report though once the joes were bubbling away on the stove he was the first one to sneak a bite! lol
the new Mrs. B
- 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 small red onion, diced
- 1 medium green bell pepper, diced
- 1 jalapeno, minced
- 2 cloves garlic, mined
- 4 cups cooked turkey, roughly chopped
- ¼ cup light brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- ½ tablespoon fresh ground black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1½ cup tomato sauce
- Salt to taste
- Heat a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add oil, onion, bell pepper, jalapeno and garlic. Sauté 4-5 minutes stirring occasionally.
- Mix in turkey, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, black and cayenne pepper and tomato paste. Cook 3-4 minutes.
- Stir in tomato sauce and salt to taste. Reduce heat to low and simmer 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve hot on buns.