Jan 20, 2012

Sloppy Joe Meatball Sandwich

Sloppy Joe Meatball Sandwich

I was so glad I grabbed my camera when I decided to give this recipe a try. Here’s what happens when Sloppy Joe meets Parmesan meatballs and is slightly tweaked.

It’s a serious mix and match of ingredients that I at first didn’t think would work out at all.

Boy, was I wrong. This is meatball love on a bun.

 
Ingredients:

bread of choice
1 pound ground beef
1/2 small onion
1 tbsp milk
1 1/2 tsp salt (Use less if you like)
1/2 tsp pepper
7 tbsp Parmesan
1 tbsp ketchup
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp Italian seasoning

Sauce:

1 large onion
1 bell pepper
1 large garlic clove
2 tbsp tomato paste
2 tbsp yellow mustard
5 tbsp ketchup
1 14 oz can diced tomatoes
1 tsp sweet paprika powder
1 tsp worcestershiresauce
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp dried oregano
1 1/2 tsp Lawry’s seasoned salt
1 tsp chili powder
1 tbsp brown sugar
2 tsp dried parsley
3 tbsp water

Optional: 2 tbsp sweet mango chutney
 

Directions:
 
Yup, I agree. That’s a serious amount of ingredients for a few meatballs slapped on a bun. I used my slow cooker for this, of course you can use your stove top or even your oven!
 

Mince the large onion, bell pepper and grate the garlic. You don’t want to bite down on a huge chunk of garlic, it’s nasty.
Sloppy Joe Meatball Sandwich

Let’s save you some scrolling. Combine all spices + the brown sugar listed under ‘Sauce’.
Sloppy Joe Meatball Sandwich

Heat some oil and sauté the onion, bell pepper and garlic for about 5 minutes.
Sloppy Joe Meatball Sandwich

Stir in the tomato paste and cook for a minute to sweeten it up.
Sloppy Joe Meatball Sandwich

Add your spice mix.
Sloppy Joe Meatball Sandwich

Plus, the ketchup and yellow mustard. This is American yellow mustard, not French or Dijon mustard, mind you! (for the Dutchies)
Sloppy Joe Meatball Sandwich

In goes the Worcestershire sauce, 3 tbsp water, the diced tomatoes and dried parsley.
Sloppy Joe Meatball Sandwich

Here’s my secret ingredient: Patak’s sweet mango chutney. I’m so addicted to this. Add 1 or 2 tbsp.
Sloppy Joe Meatball Sandwich

Stir well and slow cook this on high for 2 hours.
Sloppy Joe Meatball Sandwich

Behold the ground beef.
Sloppy Joe Meatball Sandwich

 
I wanted really firm meatballs, for me that works best by not adding an egg. But feel free to add an egg (and breadcrumbs) if you like.
 

Grate the small onion in with the ground beef, and add the salt and pepper.
Sloppy Joe Meatball Sandwich

For some extra flavor I add nutmeg, Italian seasoning, garlic powder and the milk.
Sloppy Joe Meatball Sandwich

Sprinkle the Parmesan in there and add the ketchup.
Sloppy Joe Meatball Sandwich

Mix it up really well and use an ice scoop to form even-sized meatballs.
Sloppy Joe Meatball Sandwich

Really push the air out of there so they won’t crack. I ended up with 12 meatballs and use 3 per bun.
Sloppy Joe Meatball Sandwich

 
I contemplated browning the meatballs first, but decided against it. I wanted them to cook in the sauce and have less work.
 

After the sauce has cooked on high for 2 hours, you add the meatballs.
Sloppy Joe Meatball Sandwich

 
Give them 1 hour on high. Until they’re no longer pink in the center.
 

If you like a thinner sauce, you’re all set now.
Sloppy Joe Meatball Sandwich

 
But I want the sauce to cook down a bit more, so I gave them an extra 45 minutes on high without the lid.
 

That’s more like it!
Sloppy Joe Meatball Sandwich

 
Eat them on a hoagie roll, French bread or just a regular bun. Serve for lunch or add some French fries, a salad and have yourself a nice junk food dinner. I won’t tell.
 

I like them plain, but the guys like to melt some cheese on top. Whatever rocks your boat, right?
Sloppy Joe Meatball Sandwich

Sloppy Joe Meatball Sandwich
Ingredients
    bread of choice
    1 pound ground beef
    1/2 small onion
    1 tbsp milk
    1 1/2 tsp salt (Use less if you like)
    1/2 tsp pepper
    7 tbsp Parmesan
    1 tbsp ketchup
    1/4 tsp nutmeg
    1/4 tsp garlic powder
    2 tsp Italian seasoning

    Sauce:

    1 large onion
    1 bell pepper
    1 large garlic clove
    2 tbsp tomato paste
    2 tbsp yellow mustard
    5 tbsp ketchup
    1 14 oz can diced tomatoes
    1 tsp sweet paprika powder
    1/2 tsp ground cumin
    1 tsp dried oregano
    1 1/2 tsp Lawry’s seasoned salt
    1 tsp worcestershiresauce
    1 tsp chili powder
    1 tbsp brown sugar
    2 tsp dried parsley
    3 tbsp water

    Optional: 2 tbsp sweet mango chutney

Directions
    I’m using my slowcooker for this!

    Mince the large onion, bell pepper and grate the garlic. Combine all spices listed under ‘Sauce’ along with the brown sugar. Heat some oil and sauté the onion, bell pepper and garlic for about 5 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste and cook for another minute and add the spice mix.

    Plus, the ketchup and yellow mustard. This is American yellow mustard, not French or Dijon mustard, mind you! Worcestershire sauce, 3 tbsp water and the diced tomatoes. Optionally you can stir in 1 or 2 tbsp sweet mango chutney, it’s delicious.

    Stir well and cook on high for 2 hours.

    Grate the onion in with the ground beef. Season the beef with salt, pepper, nutmeg, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, ketchup, Parmesan and the milk. Optionally you can add an egg and soem breadcrumbs. Mix it up really well and use an ice scoop to form even-sized meatballs.

    After the sauce has cooked on high for 2 hours, you add the meatballs. Give them 1 hour on high. Until they’re no longer pink in the center. if you like a thinner sauce, you’re all set now. If you like a thicker sauce give the meatballs an extra 30 to 45 minutes on high without the lid.

    Eat them on a hoagie roll, French bread or just a regular bun. Serve for lunch or add some French fries, a salad and have yourself a nice junk food dinner.

Meal type: lunch, dinner
Servings: 4
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    10 Comments »

    1. 1

      Looks great. Plus a meatball recipe to use for other things. 

      Really enjoy reading your recipes :) 

      Matt on Jan 20, 2012 @ 2:35 pm
    2. 2

      Hi Kay,

      Love your website! Thanks for this recipe. Last night bought my own Crock-pot, so gonna try this one for the weekend! 

      Gerda on Jan 20, 2012 @ 3:49 pm
    3. 3

      I…I just….I can’t even move right now…

      Bev Weidner on Jan 20, 2012 @ 4:38 pm
    4. 4

      After seeing the ingredients that go into that sauce (mango chutney!) I KNOW it would be delicious. And your pictures are gorgeous as usual! You’re my favorite food photographer. =)

      Jenna on Jan 20, 2012 @ 4:52 pm
    5. 5

      Wish i could grab one of those. Super yummy looking.

      Happy Cook / FInla on Jan 20, 2012 @ 5:05 pm
    6. 6

      Yummmm !

      Arch on Jan 21, 2012 @ 3:37 pm
    7. 7

      I used the sauce ingredients with store-bought meatballs and we used rolls and made mini-meatball sandwiches.  They were a huge hit!!  The sauce was soooo good!  I completely forgot to put a little cheese on top though, so we will just have to have them again! : )

      Lora on Feb 13, 2012 @ 7:31 pm
    8. 8

      Oh my goodness, your photos are absolutely fabulous!  I cannot wait to try out your recipes.

      Yummy on Feb 18, 2012 @ 12:48 am
    9. 9

      This recipe is a prime example of why I stopped researching recipes on other websites and only look here for dining ideas.  This is yet another Kayotic Kitchen masterpiece.  Utterly delicious and the chef’s commentary compliments my fun-loving personality. 
      Bravo on yet another delicious meal that I will add to this home chef’s repertoire.

      Stephanie in San Diego, CA on Feb 21, 2012 @ 12:32 am
    10. 10

      Kay,
      I absolutely LOVE all your recipes! I will be making this dish soon, as I just discovered your blog today and pinned a bunch of your recipes on Pinterest. My mother was Swedish and I learned to make many of her recipes that were handed down to her from her mother who was a chef. I particularly loved my mom’s meatballs and meatloaf because of one little ingredient that I shall now pass on to you: ALLSPiCE. I have tried many meatloaf/balls recipes over the years and none have even come close to my mom’s which is why I can’t wait to try this one because of the nutmeg you put in yours. I’ll let you know what I think but I know they will be so good no matter what and the chili sauce sounds to die for. Keep one blogging and posting your fab pics. Take care.    

      Mitzi in Vero Beach, Florida on Nov 25, 2012 @ 5:32 am

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