Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joe’s combine two of my family’s favorite recipes into one. All the delicious flavors of a Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich but it’s made with ground beef like a sloppy joe. Now some of you may be yelling at me through the computer. Wondering what the h-e-double hockey stick I’m doing messing around with a Philly Cheese Steak sandwich. I’m thinking about the The Dora Sarchese vineyard fountain and the free wine I’ll sample from it. I’m looking for economical ways to enjoy my favorite meals while trimming my grocery bill so I can save all that extra money for my trip to Italy.
The travel bug bit me many, many years ago. It all started back in grade 9 when I had my first travel experience. It was with my high school band. Ok, crack the jokes. Yes, I even played the flute. (and piccolo) Those were some of my best memories of high school. I had the privilege to travel to Toronto, Montreal, Philadelphia and even New York City. I have a picture of myself standing on the streets of NYC with the twin towers in the background. I promised myself I would return to the city one day.
There is no other city quite like New York – from my (limited) experience. The restaurants, the broadway shows, the shopping, even Central Park is a sight to behold. I understand the love people have for the city. As much as I consider myself a nature’s girl, New York City will always hold a special place in my heart. There’s so much to do there! Adventure on every corner. I’m sure someone could live 10 life times in that city and still never be able to do it all.
New York was also where I had my first experience with Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches. Only it wasn’t everything I was expecting it to be. Imagine this. A restaurant gets a call from a bunch of high school girls asking for take out. Like 30+ of us. All wanting dinner. And we need it delivered within the hour. Somehow they managed to come through and deliver our meals to us just as we were stepping back on our bus for the next destination. I had decided to be adventurous and try a Philly Cheesesteak since at the time it was something I would not have been able to find in my home city.
Unknown to me, I should have specified how I wanted my beef cooked. I grew up on well done steaks. Like, cooked until there wasn’t a hint of pink. Certainly no blood. Well, when I took my first bite of sandwich and blood explodes out the sides of my sandwich and all down my jacket, I was completely mortified. I thought I was going to die. I just ate raw beef. Little did I know that was exactly the way some people enjoy their beef.
So for now I’m trading in some of the finer cuts of beef for the more affordable ground beef so I can hopefully go on some more traveling adventures. I’ve got a long list of places I want to go. To help me save money on groceries, I’ll be stocking my freezer with shephard’s pie, hamburgers and hot tamale pies. I’ll be repurposing leftover chicken by making a tower of chicken quesadilla bake or BBQ Chicken Flatbread Pizza. And of course these Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joe’s. Anything I can do to save a buck.
While I’m saving money by making these Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joe’s for my family, I’m certainly not cutting back on the flavor. So dig in. Cook extras for lunches the next day or add some of the cooked ground beef into the freezer for an easy dinner another day. Until then… Saluti !
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- 2 pounds lean ground beef
- 1 large onion, diced
- 1 green pepper, diced
- 2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 cup beef stock
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- slices of mozzarella or provolone cheese, 1 per sandwich
- 6-8 Kaiser buns
- Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Cook the ground beef for about 8 minutes until brown.
- Add the diced onion and green pepper. Cook until just soft, about 5 minutes. Make sure the ground beef is cooked completely
- Stir in the Worcestershire sauce. Season with the salt, pepper and onion powder.
- Add the beef stock and cornstarch to the cooked beef. Bring to a boil and cook for an additional 2 minutes until thickened.
- Cut the Kaiser buns in half and toast under a broiler. Add a slice of cheese to one side and toast until melted.
- Spoon some of the meat mixture onto the bun and top with the cheesy side of the bun. Enjoy!
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