I've never been a fan of the canned sloppy joe sauce. I don't like the metallic canned taste or the green and red peppers, and growing up my mom always made homemade sloppy joes, so canned sauce is out of the question in our house.
Recently at work, one of my foodie co-workers and my official taste-tester, Paula, said she was craving sloppy joe's. I had been thinking about them too, so I volunteered to make a batch and bring them in when we were scheduled to work next, just a few days later. After we sorted out who was going to bring what for our 'unofficial' dinner, I headed to AllRecipes to look for a recipe that would work.
I found a recipe that got a lot of 5-star reviews and rather than using peppers, it called for celery. I used the basis of this recipe and made some slight changes to suit my tastes, and what I ended up with, was absolutely delicious!
I took over four pounds of this with me to work, leaving it on warm in the crock-pot and everyone at work who ate it, raved about it. I brought what was left over home, which wasn't much, and both the hubby and son asked me to make it again just a few days later.
It's slightly sweet while still being tomato based and the celery added a nice crunch component to the mixture, without adding any additional flavor.
This Sloppy Joe is definitely a keeper and will be making more appearances in our house in the next few weeks! Another beef recipe, it's what's for dinner!