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Masala Sloppy Joes

Source: Beef for All Seasons
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Active Time:  35 Minutes
Total Time:  35 Minutes
  Serves 4
Sloppy Joes - hamburger bun sandwiches filled with ground beef and onions in a tomato sauce - are, as the name implies, a little untidy to eat. In this recipe, we use pita pockets, which makes for neater and more convenient sandwiches. We further tweaked this American classic by using masala, the name for a wide variety of spice blends used in Indian cuisine. Here, we combine chile powder, black pepper, ground coriander, and turmeric in a aromatic masala, resulting in an altogether "grown-up" version of a favorite from childhood.
RECIPE INGREDIENTS
3 tablespoons butter
2 onions, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
3 teaspoons minced ginger
1 pound lean high-quality ground beef
2 roma tomatoes, chopped
3/4 cup corn kernels (from 1 ear corn)
4 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon pure red chili powder
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
salt to taste
1/2 cup Beef stock or water
4 pita breads
1/2 lime
1 mango, peeled, pitted, and thinly sliced
DIRECTIONS
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.


Melt the butter in a large skillet. Add the onions and sauté over medium heat for 7 to 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Add the garlic and ginger and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes longer. Add the beef and cook for about 5 minutes or until just browned, using a kitchen fork to break up any lumps. Carefully pour off any fat in the pan.


Add the tomatoes, corn, pepper, chile powder, coriander, turmeric, and salt, and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Reduce the heat to low; add the beef stock and simmer for about 10 minutes, or until the mixture is moist but not soupy. In the meantime, wrap the pitas in aluminum foil and warm them in the oven. Remove the beef from the heat and season with salt and pepper.


To serve, squeeze some lime juice over the mango slices and lay a few slices along the inside of the breads. Fill the pita "pockets" with large helpings of the Masala Sloppy Joe mixture.


NOTES: Almost any chopped vegetables can be added to this dish; it's a great way to use up roasted or grilled leftovers. You can also use the beef mixture to fill samosas.


WINE SUGGESTION: Bardolino (Italy), Cotes du Rhone (France), or a Pinot Noir from the West Coast will successfully match the mixture of flavors in this recipe.


Recipe reprinted by permission of Harper Collins. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
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Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Serves 4
Calories: 546
Fat. Total: 21g
Fiber: 6g
Carbohydrates, Total: 60g
Sodium: 441mg
% Cal. from Fat: 35%
Cholesterol: 65mg
Protein: 32g
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