Heinz 57, because we are a little of this, a little of that. Native American (Sioux and Cherokee), Irish and German. But growing up, there really wasn’t the distinction of tribal or global foods; my Mom is from Alabama, Dad is from New Mexico. So, we ate southern: spinach with vinegar, beans, fried potatoes and cornbread; or New Mexican: green chile stew, tamales, green chile enchiladas, sopapillas hot out of the oil, dripping with honey…
But, in this edition, there will be no recipe, no chopping, no mincing, whisking or measuring. In this edition of Food from Friends, I asked my brother what his favorite foods were that Mom would make… his answer: Sloppy Joe’s! Yes, just good old Manwich brand Sloppy Joe mix and browned ground beef. Now Mom made some pretty amazing dishes, such as her enchilada casserole, posole and my favorite, chicken and dumplings. But, this isn’t my show today folks. Today’s tribute belongs to my dear brother. It’s short and sweet today ~ so toast your buns, open a can of Manwich Sloppy Joe mix, and enjoy!
A sloppy joe is an American dish of ground beef, onions, sweetened tomato sauce or ketchup and other seasonings, served on a hamburger bun. Commercially made sauces are also available. Textured vegetable protein may be used as a vegetarian substitute for the meat. The Original Sloppy Joe Sandwich was invented by a cook named Joe at a cafe in Sioux City, Iowa, as a variation of the popular “loose meat” sandwich (which does not contain tomato sauce).