2 1/4 ounces pitted green olives, chopped (about 12)
1 (15-ounce) can unsalted crushed tomatoes, undrained
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon minced pickled jalapeño pepper
1 medium red onion, cut into 6 (1/2-inch-thick) slices
6 (1 1/2-ounce) hamburger buns with sesame seeds
6 small green leaf lettuce leaves
How to Make It
Heat a large saucepan over medium heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Add chopped onion and garlic; sauté 4 minutes. Add beef to pan; cook 5 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Stir in oregano, cumin, and cinnamon; cook 1 minute. Add 1/2 cup water and the next 4 ingredients (through tomatoes). Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in cilantro, vinegar, and jalapeño.
Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat with cooking spray. Add onion slices to pan; grill 4 minutes on each side. Remove onion from pan. Place buns, cut sides down, on grill pan; grill 1 minute or until toasted.
Place 1 lettuce leaf on bottom half of each bun; top each with 1/2 cup beef mixture. Divide onion slices evenly among servings; top with top halves of buns.
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We liked this a lot. I made it according to the recipe except I omitted the water since one reviewer thought it was a little thin and the consistency was perfect. I also thought it was easy to prepare - it didn't require an inordinate amount of prep or time. If you like Mediterranean or Cuban food you will probably like this.
LOL, Markstlmo, I don't think you made the same recipe! :)
I used ground turkey in this recipe. I also didn't use the jalapeno, but I used the capers and olives (always have those!). The lettuce helped keep it on the bun, but as sloppy joes go, they were still "sloppy". The grilled onion was a really nice touch. I used about 20 oz of meat, so I made lettuce wraps with the leftover filling, really good! My young boys even liked them.
I loved this, I didn't know until I started to write the recipe on a card what my partner deleted. He didn't use cilantro (doesn't like it) capers or olives (thought it would be too salty) or currants (doesn't like them either). You might try it that way because we are making it for the second time tonight (his way) I made him promise to make it the right way next time, we shall see - otherwise it's a good foodies recipe, the spices make it !
I'm not sure why this didn't work for everyone else, but our family loved this recipe. The capers, olives and jalapeno bits added so much contrast to the cinnamon and currants. I was concerned about how thin the sauce was so I added a tablespoon of flour, which thickened it right up and kept everything together. I also added a tablespoon of sugar for some balance. It was a huge hit. You can read my full review at Taking On Magazines: http://bit.ly/1avsFWd
I expected a little more flavor variety from this recipe. The cinnamon seemed to overpower the olives and capers. I didn't find it particularly time consuming as noted by other reviewers. I had a lot leftover, and am looking forward to using in a version of Cincinnati-style chili or over a hotdog later this week. Next time I would probably reduce the cinnamon and increase the capers and olives. I also found it a bit watery so might reduce the water a bit to keep it a little thicker.
I completely agree with reviewer, eppercival. This recipe has potential, but is pretty time consuming for a dish similar to Sloppy Joes. Although I will use the remainder of the ingredients in other recipes, I also had to purchase currants, capers, and green olives as I did not have them on hand which increased the cost. We did not especially like the combination of flavors, but I am not experienced with other picadillo recipes. It may be that we wouldn't like picadillo much in general. I did enjoy the grilled onions and hamburger buns and think they would be great for other recipes.