Sloppy Joes are an American classic. They messy burgers are a trademark food beginning in the 1940's. The Italian version of this "loose meat sandwich" is a riff on the traditional recipe with bolder, more flavorful ingredients. It lies somewhere in between a meatball sub sandwich and a sloppy Joe. A sloppy Giuseppe is flavored with onions, garlic, red bell peppers, oregano and of course, ketchup. The meat mixture is spooned onto a soft bun and topped with a mountain of mozzarella cheese. This sandwich is great for parties because everyone can eat at one time and you are not stuck in front of the grill.
Sloppy Giuseppe Sliders
2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 small yellow onions, thinly sliced
1 large red bell pepper, thinly sliced
3 garlic cloves, finely minced
1 lb. ground beef
1 1/2 cups marinara sauce (jarred or homemade)
1/2 cup ketchup
1 tsp. oregano
1 to 2 tsp. red pepper flakes
kosher salt and freshly ground black peppe,r to taste
1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
Step 1: Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the onions, red bell pepper and garlic and cook until onions begin to appear translucent, about 5 minutes.
Step 2: Add the ground beef and cook until browned, about 6 to 8 minutes. Add marinara sauce, ketchup, oregano, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook for an additional 5 minutes or until heated through.
Step 3: Ladle beef mixture onto rolls. Top with shredded mozzarella and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes. Serve hot.