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 This is a good recipe for Sloppy Joes.  I like the stuff in the can, sort of kinda,  but some in my house detest it, so I made this from scratch, and with red bell pepper, and not the green bell pepper that comes in Manwich.  We really liked it. I think next time I will add a splash of hot sauce to give this some kick! I topped it with cole slaw, and fresh veggies grilled on the side!


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, 1 turn of the pan
  • 1 1/4 pounds ground beef sirloin
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar 
  •  1 tablespoon steak seasoning blend, such as McCormick brand Montreal Seasoning
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 small red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 4 crusty rolls (split),  OR Hamburger buns , toasted, and lightly buttered


Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add oil and meat to the pan. Spread the meat around the pan and begin to break it up. Combine brown sugar and steak seasoning. Add sugar and spice mixture to the skillet and combine. When the meat has browned, add onion and red peppers to the skillet. Reduce heat to medium and cook onions, peppers, red wine vinegar and Worcestershire sauce with meat for 5 minutes. Add tomato sauce and paste to pan. Stir to combine. Reduce heat to simmer and cook Sloppy Joe mixture 5 minutes longer.  Pile sloppy meat onto toasted, buttered bun bottoms and cover with bun tops. Serve with your favorite sides or sliced tomatoes or cole slaw on top which is what I ALWAYS put on ours.

Buon appetito always!

This is an Italian – American dish as term refers to food prepared ‘hunter-style,’ with mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, various herbs, and sometimes wine. The SMELL  Screams YUMMMM -OOOOOOOOOOOO. Serve with your favorite pasta or even over rice!
2 Tablespoos Olive Oil
1 Onion Sliced
4 Boneless Pork Chops
1 (28 oz) jar your favorite pasta sauce
1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes
1 green bell pepper, sliced, and seeded
1 8 oz package sliced mushrooms
2 large gloves of garlic, chopped
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
1.2 tsp. dried basil
1/2 cup white wine (OR your favorite wine)
 8 oz. shredded Mozzarella
  In a large skillet brown the pork chops over medium heat. Transfer to your crock pot. IN this same pan cook onion in the oil until lightly browned. Stir in the bell peppers,mushrooms, and garlic. Cook until Al dente. Mix in pasta sauce, tomatoes, and wine. Add seasonings and pour this over the pork chops in crock pot.
 Cook on low for 7 or 8 hours.  Serve over your  favorite pasta, or serve over a bed of rice., and then top with the Mozzarella cheese! Serve this with some warm crusty or garlic bread. Call it DINNER!!!

Buon appetito always!