New Castle News

May 2, 2012

Courtney Caughey: Getting sloppy in the kitchen  

Courtney Caughey
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Last night for dinner I had a Sloppy Joe sandwich. The Sloppy Joe is one of my favorite meals because it is so easy to make.

Curious about ways to jazz up my old Sloppy Joe recipe of lean ground beef and Manwich, I took to Google. What did I ever do before Google?!?

My number one search result came from the food blog, "Butter and Onions." The recipe appears slightly more complicated than my own. Haha. But, I guess that's why they're referred to as "Fancy Sloppy Joes."

Fancy Sloppy Joes:

Oh, and just a little warning before you click the link, the photos may make you hungry!

So where did the Sloppy Joe originate and why's it called a Sloppy Joe and not, say, a Sloppy Sam? According to most sources on the web, a cook named Joe first made the sandwich in his café in Sioux City as a variation of the traditional (and popular) loose meat sandwich.

On a sidenote, every time I think about a loose meat sandwich, I think of Roseanne working at the The Lunchbox in Lanford. You too?

OK, on with the Sloppy Joes. How about a Southwestern Sloppy Joe?

Southwestern Sloppy Joes:

Or a Catfish Sloppy Joe? Yes, you read that right.

Catfish Sloppy Joes:

Now, go get sloppy in the kitchen!