We all have our crappy processed food fetishes and one of Mike’s is sloppy joes. I know I probably can’t compete with the ones in the jars and cans but I can try.
First off I made the buns from scratch. The ones at Whole Foods felt cardboardy and I know you want a soft bun for sloppy joes. But since I was making it myself I wanted to avoild all the crap that’s in buns from the regular grocery store. What else could I do but make my own?
I found this recipe and got to work. Apparently milk and butter make a bread come out sort of soft and fluffy. I didn’t know that before. I’m not a food scientist, geeez. But soft and fluffy was what I was after so this was perfect. I scaled down the recipe to make six buns. I didn’t have sesame seeds so I didn’t put them on. They were so good! In fact, I’m going to use the recipe to make dinner rolls at some point. They were fluffy and kind of sweet. Almost tasted like crappy processed buns! Score one.
Then I used this Emeril Lagasse recipe for the sloppy joes themselves. It was pretty good. I’d probably try to tweak it a little if I made it again. Then again, I might just buy a jar of Manwich or whatever it is that Mike actually likes. BAM!
I rounded out the meal with this potato salad.
What do you think? Homemade or Manwich? What are your favorite crappy processed foods that you can’t have homemade?