Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Sloppy Turkey

A remake of an old favorite. Here we used organic ground turkey and whole wheat buns instead of fatty ground beef and buns made with ingredients you can't pronounce. You can use your home-canned tomatoes for the tomatoes called for in this recipe.

4 teaspoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 large red pepper, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
2 pounds ground turkey or lean ground beef
1 (28oz) can whole peeled tomatoes, chopped
2 tablespoons molasses
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
6 whole wheat hamburger buns, split
1 teaspoon corn starch
1 tablespoon water

1. In a nonstick 12-inch skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook until onion is tender, about 5 minutes.

2. Add red peppers and celery and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in ground turkey and cook, breaking up meat with side of spoon, until meat is no longer pink, about 5 minutes.

3. Stir in tomatoes with their puree, molasses, vinegar, salt, and black pepper and heat to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer until sauce has slightly thickened, about 10 minutes.

4. Mix cornstarch and water together and stir into sloppy joe mixture to thicken mixture. Place split buns on plates and top with Sloppy Joe mixture.

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