Cremini offer deeper, richer flavor, but you can also use regular button mushrooms.
1 tablespoon olive oil
12 ounces ground sirloin
2 (8-ounce) packages presliced cremini mushrooms
1 cup prechopped onion
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup no-salt-added tomato paste
1 tablespoon minced fresh oregano
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon molasses
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
4 (2-ounce) Kaiser rolls or hamburger buns, toasted
How to Make It
Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Add beef; cook for 4 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble.
While beef cooks, place mushrooms in a food processor; pulse 10 times or until finely chopped. Add mushrooms, onion, and garlic to pan; cook for 3 minutes or until onion is tender. Add tomato paste and next 5 ingredients (through salt) to pan; cook 5 minutes or until mushrooms are tender and liquid evaporates. Stir in pepper and hot sauce. Spoon about 1 cup beef mixture on bottom half of each bun; top with top halves of buns.
I thought this recipe was absolutely delicious, and frankly I was a bit skeptical at first! The fresh ingredients made it so much better than all the greasy other recipes I have made. The molasses gave a robust flavor and went very well with the tomato paste and herbs. I would recommend this recipe to anyone for a fresh and simple dinner, and I can not wait to share it with my family!
I've made these many times and my whole family loves them. They taste just like a "real" sloppy joe without all the garbage ingredients. The only change I make is using one teaspoon of dried oregano instead of using fresh oregano. I don't know why people are saying the mushrooms are mushy when using the food processor. I suspect they are over zealous and grinding them to a paste. Just put half the mushrooms in, PULSE gently until finely chopped. Put them in a bowl and repeat with remaining mushrooms.
I've made these twice, and it's an easy meal to pull together. Chopping the mushrooms by hand will yield a less mushy texture. I substituted tomato sauce for the paste on once occasion. And I always up the hot sauce (used Sriracha for a bigger pow factor).
Tastey, but not for us. We have a rating system in our house which is simply 'a do-over', 'a do-over with changes' or 'not a do-over'. We simply decided that if we were going to eat beef, we would prefer a better way of serving it.
I was out of the ingredients I normally make sloppy joes with so I gave this a try. The red wine vinegar was too overpowering for me and the whole flavor was not like the typical flavor I'm used to making. Not bad, but I'll stick with the more traditional homemade sauce.
While I don't care for mushrooms, my hubby loved the sloppy joes. He said it had just the right amount of sweetness and tartness. I used ground turkey instead of ground sirlion and found it to be very tasty. Very quick to make and leftovers can be used for a topper on baked potatoes.