Gochujang Slopppy Joes
Sloppy Joes: an all-time favorite American dish. This budget friendly old classic sandwich is made with ground beef, onion, tomato sauce and/or ketchup, and other seasonings to create the flavor, and is served on a hamburger bun.
Here is a creative way to twist this all-American classic with a Korean ingredient - Gochujang!
Gochujang will add a gentle spicy kick and the depth in the flavor in a very pleasing way. You will be surprised how tasty this American-Korean fusion is.
Ingredients (4 servings) :
2 tablespoon canola oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 medium green pepper, finely chopped
2 celery sticks, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 lb lean ground beef
1 can (15 oz) tomato sauce
2 tablespoons gochujang
4 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon prepared mustard
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
salt and pepper to taste
Chop the onion, green pepper, celery, and garlic.
Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a skillet over medium heat, then add the Holy Trinity of vegetables - onion, green pepper and celery. Saute them until slightly soft, about 3 minutes.
Add garlic and continue to cook 1 more minute.
Slide the vegetables to one side of the skillet. Drizzle the remaining oil to the skillet and add the ground beef. Sprinkle a little salt and pepper on top and let the beef sizzle for 1 minute.
Stir the beef to brown thoroughly. When the beef is cooked mix with vegetables.
Add tomato sauce and the secret ingredient of the day - gochujang!
Add ketchup, mustard, brown sugar and cider vinegar. Stir well.
Reduce the heat to low and let the whole thing simmer for 20-25 minutes, uncovered.
The sauce will thicken as it simmers but should be moist without being dry. Adjust the heat accordingly.
Serve these mouth-watering sloppy joes over hamburger buns and savor the East-meets-West version of an all-American classic every single bite. Enjoy!