Spicy Sriracha Sloppy Joes

I do a lot of cooking in my household, and almost every night we struggle to figure out what we’re going to eat.  I ask my wife, “What do you want to eat?” And she says, “I don’t know, what do you want to eat?” And then I say, “I don’t know, what do you want to eat?” And she says, “I have no ideas.” And I say, “I have no ideas.”

Is this scenario familiar to anyone? At all? We can’t be the only family that goes through this nightly dilemma.

Enter young adult author D. H. Poirier. We’re like Twitter buddies and you can follow her too! Almost every night, she posts what she’s making for dinner, and the meal always always sounds so dang delicious! She made Spicy Sriracha Sloppy Joes the other night. And that sounded so dang tasty. I suggested she send me the recipe, and I’d make it and blog about the experience. Here’s the line up of some of the ingredients:

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It took me a while in the grocery to find the ground chicken. Any kind of ground bird kind of grosses me out. Later, in the directions below, Dea says you can use whatever meat you like, but definitely go with the chicken.She also calls for 3 tablespoons of fresh garlic. I may have used more.

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Saute the garlic with some chopped onion.

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Fry up the chicken in another pan. Man, just looking at that grosses me out:

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Here’s the sauce:

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And Dea says to simmer the sauce with a lid otherwise you’ll have a mess. I don’t do very well with instructions sometimes, but if you make this meal, trust her. I plopped a lid on that sucker before the mess got too bad.

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When the chicken is cooked and the sauce is done, dump the sauce over the chicken. And wow, that is a lot of sauce. I tend to like a dryer sloppy joe, but this meal is really all about the sauce, so just go with it!

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And the finished product:

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Also, Dea says the cheddar cheese is optional, but I think she is wrong. Cheese and garlic are never never optional.

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THIS WAS SO GOOD!
And, believe it or not, even with all the sriracha sauce, the meal was still kid friendly, which is an important part of my life here in Dover. I also want to point out, the joes would have been delicious with sweet potato fries which we could have dipped into all of the joe that fell from your sandwich onto your (lap) plate.

Sauce:
1 medium white onion
3 tbsp diced garlic
olive oil for sautéing
12oz can of tomato sauce
12oz can of tomato paste
1/3 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup sriracha

3 tbsp spicy brown mustard
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup BBQ sauce

Chicken portion:
2 pounds ground chicken
olive oil
garlic
salt
paprika

For sandwiches:
Buns of your choosing
Cheddar cheese (optional)

Dice up your onion, and garlic (if you don’t have the pre-minced kind). Throw those into a large sauce pan with a little bit of olive oil coating the bottom. You’ll want to cook the two together until the onions get translucent and soft.

In a separate pan start cooking your ground chicken (or other ground meat of your choice) along with olive oil, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and paprika to taste. Break up the chicken as it cooks so that it’s in small pieces once the meat is fully cooked.

After the onions in your sauce pan are translucent and soft, add in the tomato sauce, tomato paste, brown sugar, sriracha, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, and BBQ sauce. Stir the sauce to incorporate all the ingredients, and simmer with a lid on until the chicken is done. (Trust me on the lid, otherwise you’re going to end up with sauce all over your stove top!)

Once your ground chicken is brown stir in your sauce. Stir together for a few minutes on medium heat. Spoon on to your favorite bun, and add cheddar cheese if desired. Enjoy!

You can also check out Dea’s website too. She has something on there called Death by Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie and involves espresso and the directions include the word “obliterate.”

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Hey, I really really enjoyed cooking someone else’s meal. Year’s ago, I used to have a little book called The Writer’s Cookbook. I have no idea what happened to the book. The cover was blue and had spiral binding. Inside were food concoctions that stirred the soul. If you’re an author, and want to contribute to my dinner, send me a recipe!

I’ll make the thing and blog about it!

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