Archive for May 20th, 2012

May 20, 2012

Sloppy Joes + Buttery Chive Mashed Potatoes

What’s better than Sloppy Joes? Sloppy Joes while watching zombies. Mmmm….braaains…

Finally catching up on Walking Dead. An unintentional combination. Really. I totally forgot about the second half of this season, which started in February when I was preparing for national board exams.  I think it was the mound of ground beef sitting on my kitchen counter after grocery shopping today that reminded me I had many episodes of brain noshing excitement to catch up on. How appetizing.

Adapted from this recipe.


  • 2 lbs extra lean ground beef*
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 – 6oz can tomato paste
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1.5 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 3/4 tbs salt
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 8 hamburger buns (I like potato bread)

*feel free to use imitation meat. I actually had about half a package of Upton Natural’s ground seitan left over in my fridge and mixed that in with my 1.75lb of beef.

In a large skillet, brown meat over high heat. When the pink of the ground meat is almost gone, add onions, garlic, and bell peppers and saute on high until just soft. Add tomato paste, vinegar, chicken stock, and seasonings. Mix well and reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes to let flavors meld. Uncover and let thicken for ~5 minutes or so, while you toast buns. Top buns with meat and serve.

Buttery Chive Mashed Potatoes:

Cut up potato into small cubes. Place in bowl, cover with wet paper towel, and nuke ~5 minutes or until fork tender. Mash. Add 1 tbs of butter per potato used, and stir in milk (warm) until you reach the consistency you prefer. Salt to taste and mix in chives.