Sloppy Joes

    50 min

    These are an all-American favourite. As the name suggests, they have a messy appearance – a bolognese mixture served between wholemeal rolls – but it's a recipe all the family will love, and it can be prepared ahead. Lean minced turkey is used here as a lower-fat alternative to minced beef, but you could use either.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
    • 2 celery sticks, finely chopped
    • 1 large onion, finely chopped
    • 1 large carrot, peeled and finely chopped
    • 1 aubergine, finely diced
    • 1 garlic clove, crushed
    • 500g lean minced turkey
    • 400g can chopped tomatoes
    • 2 tsp tomato purée
    • 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
    • To serve, 4 large soft wholemeal rolls or baps

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Ready in:50min 

    1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a moderate heat. Add the celery, onion, carrot, aubergine and garlic and fry for about 6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are softened.
    2. Add the turkey to the pan, stirring well to break up the meat and mix with the vegetables. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until there is no trace of pink left in the turkey.
    3. Stir in the canned tomatoes with the tomato purée and basil. Bring the mixture to the boil, then reduce the heat, cover the pan and simmer gently for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sauce has reduced and thickened slightly.
    4. Just before serving, cut the rolls in half and lightly toast them. Spoon the turkey mixture over the base halves of the rolls, then cover with the top halves and serve immediately.


    Make this into a more sophisticated dish by spicing it up a little. Add 1 tsp chilli powder (or to taste) with the vegetables as they are softening in step 1 and/or 1 deseeded and finely chopped fresh red chilli with the turkey in step 2.

    cook's tip

    You can make the turkey mixture ahead of time. Allow to cool, then transfer to a sealed container and keep in the fridge or freezer until required. Reheat thoroughly.

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    This recipe is an abomination!!! Sloppy Joes has never and will never have carrot or aubergine in it. The intro calls it a bolognese sauce, but should taste nothing like that! Sloppy joes is simply browned mince with finely chopped onions, then add lots of Ketchup for the typical tangy flavour of sloppy joes. some worcestershire sauce fact...this is an all american Sloppy Joes recipe..... •3 pounds ground beef chuck •1 cup chopped onions, about 2 medium onions •2 1/2 teaspoons salt •1/4 teaspoon ground pepper •6 tablespoons all-purpose flour •1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce •2 cups ketchup •2 1/2 cups water 8 rolls Cook ground beef with onion, salt and pepper until beef is no longer red, stirring to break up. Sprinkle flour over beef; stir to blend thoroughly. Add Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, and water. Simmer, stirring often, for 15 to 25 minutes, or until thickened. Serves 8. Hope you all enjoy the real american recipe!  -  20 Apr 2010


    Think i shall follow Americanwomans recipe that she put in her review. cant argue with an american on how to make a sloppy joe. Thanks for the real recipe Americanwoman  -  25 Jan 2013


    As an American, neither of these are good recipes. Why on earth someone would be putting Aubergine, carrot, basil, or celery in a sloppy joe is beyond me. As for ketchup, the ot people who would use ketchup as their sauce are people who think McDonald's is sophisticated cuisine. Sloppy Joes should use a tangy BBQ sauce IF you're going to use a bottled sauce, otherwise, make it yourself with tomato purée, cider vinegar, brown sugar, chilli powder, salt and pepper....  -  01 Sep 2015