The Ultimate Sloppy Joes

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 3 hr 55 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Inactive: 3 hr
  • Cook: 35 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Extra-virgin olive oil

1 large onion, diced

1 1/2 pounds lean ground turkey

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 cups ketchup

1/4 cup yellow mustard

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 tablespoon brown sugar

2 tablespoons tomato paste

1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

12 parker house rolls

Homemade Bread and Butter Pickles, recipe follows

Homemade Bread and Butter Pickles:

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

5 pickling cucumbers (about 4 inches long)

4 slices fresh horseradish, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch slices

4 sprigs fresh dill weed

1 cup white vinegar

1 cup sugar

3 cups water

4 cloves garlic, peeled

2 tablespoons pickling spice

2 teaspoons turmeric 


Special equipment:
1 (1-quart) mason jar, sterilized by boiling in water
  1. Set a heavy-based pot over medium-high heat and add a 3-count of olive oil. Add onions and saute for 2 to 3 minutes until translucent. Add ground turkey, season well with salt and pepper and brown well all over, breaking it up with a wooden spoon - about 7 to 10 minutes. Add ketchup, mustard, cayenne, brown sugar and tomato paste. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 to 12 minutes. Finish with a splash of red wine vinegar and season it once more before serving on parker rolls with Homemade Bread and Butter Pickles.

Homemade Bread and Butter Pickles:

Yield: 4 servings
  1. Wash cucumbers, slice into 1/4-inch thick rounds, and place in a heated, sterilized mason jar with horseradish and fresh dill weed.
  2. Set a large pot over medium heat and add vinegar, sugar, water, garlic and pickling spices. Bring the brine to a boil then pour over cucumbers and horseradish in still-hot mason jar and seal lid. Allow to cool to room temperature before refrigerating. You can serve once chilled, but for best flavor serve after the pickles have been left overnight.
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