Mom’s Sloppy Joes with Onion Straws

My three siblings and I grew up with this sandwich which we thought was pretty good.  Now, I would kick it up a little with some onions and different seasonings.  But for kids this is a good choice – very simple and it sure smells good when it is cooking!  Guy Fieri has a recipe I would like to try that has all kinds of good things in it and he tops the sandwich off with onion straws…

Update Sept. 2017: Finally made Guy’s onion straws (see recipe below) and they are delicious. A crispy touch to “sloppy joes”.

Mom's Sloppy Joes

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • some onion chopped and sautéed would be a good addition
  • 1 tbsp. mustard, can use a honey mustard and not add the sugar below
  • 1 tbsp. white vinegar
  • 1-1/2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. celery salt (I only used 1/2 tsp.)
  • 1 tsp. onion salt (I only used 1/2 tsp.)
  • 1 to 1-1/2  tbsp. sugar
  • 3/4 cup chili sauce
  • I added 1/2 to 1 tbsp. Sriracha sauce (optional for a little heat)

Brown the beef, drain and add the rest of the ingredients.   Cook on low, covered, for 30 minutes – nice lunch today. In a picture below I used this recipe in   “Funny Frogs” in 2014  as a Halloween sandwich.

Comment: I often double the recipe so adjust the ingredients to taste. I find it a little sweet, so I cut back on the sugar, celery and onion salt.

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Guy's Onion Straws, Adapted

  • 2 cups canola oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup milk (or use buttermilk)
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 large onion

Heat the canola oil to 350°F while you prepare the onion. Combine the egg and milk (or buttermilk) and set aside. Mix all of the dry ingredients and set aside. Peel the onion, cut in half and separate into 1-inch thick half rings. Cut into short straw-like pieces; add to the milk mixture.

Once the oil is hot add a few onion straws to the flour mixture and then add to the oil. Fry until golden brown and drain on paper towels.

Toast your sloppy joe buns if desired. Serve the sloppy joe mixture on the bottom half and top with onion straws.

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