This is the only way I have ever known to make sloppy joes and was even shocked to know that there was a canned version. I love to be able to make from-scratch recipes when I can.
I love combining our farm-raised ground beef, a few extra ingredients, and Rhodes Texas Rolls to make these scrumptious Sloppy Joe sandwiches
How to Make Sloppy Joes from Scratch- the Video!
What if I have leftovers?
It may be possible to have Sloppy Joe mix leftovers. I usually end up transforming it into another recipe like a casserole, breakfast burritos, our homemade spaghetti sauce, tacos, or chili. It has all the basic ingredients to seamlessly fit into any beef-based recipe. We have even made Sloppy Joe grilled cheese sandwiches with these leftovers. You can make up a big batch of Sloppy Joe mix and it will go along way!
What kind of buns do you use?
In the wintertime I spend tons of time in the kitchen with my sourdough starter, making lots of homemade bread to help heat up the kitchen and save us time and money by not having to run 30 minutes to a grocery store. But in the other 3 seasons when the rubber hits the road, there is very little time in the kitchen and yet, sometimes we have to prepare meals for upwards of a 20-person field crew. So the time spent in the kitchen has to be efficient! I rely on Rhodes Frozen Bread dough to help me maintain fresh buns for my sloppy joes and our other field meals.
I grew up on Rhodes frozen Texas Rolls and they are the best way to combine fresh and hot in the same meal. Sometimes I have to make an extra pan of them, because the kids--eh ehm, I mean all of us will crowd around the oven waiting for a fresh pan of rolls to come out of the oven! They are delectable and come out perfect nearly every time!
How to make Rhodes Texas Rolls
Take a package of Rhodes Texas Rolls out of the freezer. I will typically drop by bag of rolls on the floor to help separate the individually frozen buns. Spray a 9x13" pan and add 12 frozen rolls. Cover with a flour sack towel and allow to rise naturally for 3-5 hours or if you are in a bit of a hurry, you can start your oven at the lowest temp. Mine goes down to 200°.
I will place them in the warm oven for about 1.5 hours or so. I also try to limit the amount of jumping in the kitchen that occurs during the dough-raising time. Once they are done raising I will crank up my oven to 350° and bake them for 15 minutes or so. (All the baking instructions can be found on the back of the packaging too.)
I love that I can rely on these frozen roll from Rhodes to be my side-kick during our busy planting and harvesting seasons here on the farm.
Once I know I've got fresh buns just waiting to be made in the freezer that I've got time to start on my from-scratch Sloppy Joes!
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Sloppy Joes from Scratch
- 1 lb Ground Beef- browned
- 1 tsp Onion Powder
- 1 can Chicken Gumbo Soup
- ½ Chopped Onion Optional
- 1 tsp Paprika
- 2-3 tbsp Brown Sugar
- 1 c Ketchup
- 1 tbsp Yellow Mustard
- 3 tbsp Lemon Juice
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Brown 1 lb of burger/onion, add paprika, salt, pepper, onion powder and brown sugar.
- Add lemon juice, mustard, ketchup, chicken gumbo soup
- Simmer for 10-15 minutes
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