With college football season kicking off next Wednesday, and the NFL getting underway on September 4, America’s signature sport of fall is nearly upon us. Maybe you’ve been aching for the return of the pigskin since February, or perhaps you’re never really ready for some football. Either way, football calls for some comfort food favorites that anyone can enjoy. Whether you’re looking for a Saturday tailgate staple, a game-watching crowd pleaser for Sunday night, or just an easy option for dinner, we have the Turkey Sloppy Joe recipe you’re looking for.
For a fresh take on this traditional American fare, our recipe uses ground turkey meat as a leaner alternative to beef. You can also create a vegetarian option by replacing the meat with lentils. The joy of the Sloppy Joe lies in its simplicity—sauce, meat, perhaps some onions for added flavor—put the loose meat on a bun, and you’re ready to go.
While enjoying your sandwich, you can also serve up some of this food-savvy trivia: While the exact origins of the Sloppy Joe are still debated, two U.S. cities claim they’re home to the original. In the 1920s, butcher Fred Angell of Muscatine, Iowa created a loose meat sandwich that became the basis for the regional chain Maid-Rite. While in the 1930s, Key West, Florida became home to the aptly named Sloppy Joe’s. The Florida restaurant, which was once a favorite of Ernest Hemmingway, credits the sandwich’s creation to its Caribbean roots. Today, they sell some 50,000 Sloppy Joe sandwiches a year.
Now you have a sandwich and a few random facts to share with your football-watching friends. Enjoy!
- 2 ½ pounds ground turkey
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 1 (12-ounce) bottle chili sauce
- ½ cup ketchup
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 (11.25-ounce) box frozen garlic toast, baked according to package instructions (or the bun of your choice)
- Garnish: shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- In a large skillet, combine turkey and onion. Cook over medium heat until turkey is browned and crumbly; drain well. Add chili sauce, ketchup, and vinegar, mix well.
- Cook for 1 to 2 minutes or until heated through. Server over toasted garlic bread or bun of your choice, and garnish with shredded cheese, if desired.