Yesterday I was just in the mood for some sloppy joes. However, I was not in the mood to run out to the grocery store to buy the buns to eat them on. We had biscuits in the fridge from a different idea that I didn’t get around to trying last week. That’s how these babies were born.
I started out by browning slightly over one pound of grass fed ground beef. A note about that…I never used to buy grass fed beef because, honestly, when I first tried it I thought it tasted awful. Then two things happened. For one, I watched Food, Inc. I’m not going to go into too much detail about that, but it’s really eye-opening. And disgusting. Secondly, the Whole Foods where we normally shop must have changed their vendor for the grass fed beef. I gave it a second try and we’ve never looked back. The taste is so much better than standard ground beef. So is the texture.
Drain the beef. I never used to do that, unless it was crazy obvious that it needed to be done, because I think it’s kind of a pain. But here’s the reason why you need to do it, regardless of the quality of beef you’re using:
All of that could have been in you. Sorry for grossing you out. Time to move on.
To make the sloppy joes, I just add an entire bottle of chili sauce (Heinz is the best), about a third of the chili sauce bottle of water, some ketchup and some brown sugar. There is no exact science to this. Just do what looks right and keep tasting. I feel like that’s how the best meals are made.
Stir it up and then just reduce the heat and let it simmer while you preheat the oven and prepare the biscuits. It will thicken up a bit.
Preheat the oven using the directions on a can of biscuits. Mine needed a 350 degree oven. I used Pillsbury Simply Biscuits because they taste better to me. I really don’t think they have much less junk in them, but they do have less of a “fake” taste. While the oven is preheating, flatten each biscuit so they are slightly larger than the holes in your muffin tin, and then place each one in so the biscuit goes up the side. Fill them with sloppy joe mix. Then, top each one with a quarter slice of cheese.
Pop them in the preheated oven. Bake for the amount of time called for on the can of biscuits or until the edges of the biscuits are golden. Mine needed about 15 minutes. They come out looking like yummy bites of sinful cheesy goodness:
Let them sit for a couple minutes to cool. In those couple minutes, I prepared a salad to go with them. Then be sure to take them all out of the pan so they don’t end up sticking—I didn’t grease the pan and it was fine, although I’m sure if I had let them sit too long it wouldn’t have been as nice!
These were delicious for everyone—Baby Ray included. I’m actually going to have some leftovers right now!
Give them a try tonight and let me know what you think!
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