Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Hamburger Helper

Sloppy Joes with a side of green bean fries

    I spotted ground beef on sale at the market.  I made two meals and had a pound leftover.  I was about to freeze it since I couldn't think of what to do with it, burgers again, taco salad?  I was stumped for an idea. Then I opened up my cookbook and found sloppy joes.  I had never made them without the prepared stuff in a can.  So it was time to try a new recipe.

    I substituted a 29 ounce can of store brand tomato sauce for the ketchup. I omitted the Worcestershire sauce. I stirred in a packet of stevia for slight sweetness.  I diced a green bell pepper and threw that in the sauce. Hamburger buns were 40 cents at Aldi making this an inexpensive meal. Luckily we could eat outside, just in case they lived up to their messy name!
simmering sloppy joes from scratch

Sloppy Joes from Betty Crocker Cookbook

1 pound lean ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
1/4 cup chopped celery
1 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon ground mustard
1/8 teaspoon pepper
6 hamburger buns

Cook beef, onion, and celery over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until beef is brown; drain. Stir in remaining ingredients except buns. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer uncovered 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally until vegetables are tender. Fill buns with beef mixture.


  1. Replies
    1. Marianne, it was good and probably much healthier than the "canned" version. Plus I find it freeing to be able to make a meal from scratch rather have to run to the store to get the can of "secret ingredients."

  2. Good old Betty Crocker! In getting rid of clutter the author of "The House That Cleans Itself" recommends getting rid of cookbooks and just saving the recipes you really use. That is such a hard sell for me.


    1. I know what you mean Carol. All books are heard to part with for me, but cookbooks are just so practical. I have trimmed some cookbooks from my collection since they had practically the same recipes. I am also reducing my "loose recipes" as I try them. My Better Crocker was a wedding gift and it is my favorite.