This week's featured recipe and tips by:

Tammy McAfee


Culinary Resource Coordinator at Central Market Poulsbo

Tammy started dinner-party clubs in the late 1980s with other couples where the goal was to cook new types of food, enjoy an evening with friends and get some feedback. She is passionate about finding new ingredients and products to experiment with – guilt free! Her favorite aspect of the Resource Center is introducing customers to simple concepts – “It’s empowering for those who didn’t grow up cooking to learn some techniques,” she said. With two teens, Tammy has a lot of opportunities to cook for the swim and track teams and, she said, “they’ll eat anything!”

Oven-baked crosscut fries and Crunchy Sweet Coleslaw

Update your Sloppy Joes by adding some spicy Bear's Breath Ketchup!  You can also use poblano peppers in place of green bell peppers for a bit of kick.

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Sloppy Joes

Ingredients

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  • 1 pound ground meat
  • 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 medium green pepper, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3/4 cup ketchup or barbecue sauce
  • 1-2 teaspoons chili powder, optional
  • 3 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons prepared yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 4 hamburger buns or 8 slider buns

Directions

In a medium skillet over medium-high heat, brown
meat, onions and peppers. Season lightly with salt and pepper while cooking. Stir in ketchup or barbecue sauce, chili powder, brown sugar, mustard and vinegar. Reduce heat to simmer and cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired.
Divide between toasted buns and serve.

Options: Replace half the chili powder with chipotle powder for some heat! Add finely chopped celery and/or carrot. Use Dijon or stone-ground mustard. Add a splash of beer and let it cook down. Use Anaheim or poblano peppers for the green pepper. Melt cheese over the Sloppy Joes.For meatless Sloppy Joes, use TVP (textured vegetable protein) instead of the ground meat (2/3 cup dry TVP and 2/3 cup water= 1lb ground meat).
Recipe from Central Market Poulsbo - Culinary Resource Center
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