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Smokey Sloppy Joe and Provolone Sandwich: A Flavor-Packed Delight

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  The Smokey Sloppy Joe and Provolone Sandwich is a hearty, flavor-packed creation that’s perfect for satisfying your cravings. It takes the classic Sloppy Joe to the next level with a smoky twist and the creamy richness of Provolone cheese. This sandwich is a comforting, indulgent treat that’s easy to make and even easier to enjoy. Join us as we explore the art of crafting this mouthwatering Smokey Sloppy Joe and Provolone Sandwich that’s bound to become a family favorite.

Ingredients:

For the Smokey Sloppy Joe Filling:

  • 1 pound ground beef (or ground turkey for a leaner option)
  • 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce (choose your favorite smoky variety)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

For the Provolone Topping:

  • 4 slices Provolone cheese
  • 4 hamburger buns, split and toasted

Instructions:

Prepare the Smokey Sloppy Joe Filling:

  1. In a large skillet or frying pan, cook the ground beef over medium-high heat until it’s browned and no longer pink. Break it up into crumbles as it cooks.
  2. Remove any excess fat from the pan, leaving just enough for flavor.
  3. Add the finely chopped onion and red bell pepper to the skillet. Sauté for 3-4 minutes, or until the vegetables become tender.
  4. Stir in the minced garlic and cook for an additional 30 seconds, until fragrant.
  5. Add the ketchup, barbecue sauce, brown sugar, smoked paprika, chili powder, salt, and black pepper to the skillet. Stir well to combine all the ingredients.
  6. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and let the mixture simmer for about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. This allows the flavors to meld together and the sauce to thicken.

Assemble the Sandwich: 7. While the Sloppy Joe filling is simmering, split the hamburger buns and toast them in a toaster or under the broiler until they’re lightly golden.

  1. Once the Sloppy Joe filling is ready, place a generous scoop onto the bottom half of each toasted bun.
  2. Top each mound of filling with a slice of Provolone cheese.
  3. Place the top half of the toasted buns on each sandwich, pressing gently to melt the cheese.

Serve and Enjoy: 11. Serve the Smokey Sloppy Joe and Provolone Sandwiches hot, and enjoy the delicious combination of flavors and textures.

Cook’s Notes:

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  • Customize your Sloppy Joe filling by adding diced pickles, jalapeños, or crispy bacon for extra flavor and texture.
  • If you like a bit of heat, consider adding a dash of hot sauce or a pinch of red pepper flakes to the Sloppy Joe filling.
  • Provolone cheese can be substituted with your preferred cheese, such as cheddar, Swiss, or even pepper jack for a spicy kick.
  • Pair this sandwich with coleslaw, pickles, or a side of sweet potato fries for a complete meal.

The Smokey Sloppy Joe and Provolone Sandwich elevates the classic Sloppy Joe with its smoky flavors and creamy Provolone topping. It’s a mouthwatering creation that’s sure to satisfy your cravings for a hearty and indulgent meal. So, dive into each bite of this flavor-packed sandwich and savor the perfect blend of savory, smoky, and cheesy goodness.

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