This classic American favorite uses lean turkey instead of beef.
Turkey Sloppy Joes
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 4 peeled whole cloves of garlic
- 1 cup diced shallots
- 1 large green bell pepper, diced
- 3 medium-size bay leaves
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- ½ tsp red chili-pepper flakes
- 1 lb ground lean turkey
- 28 oz can whole tomatoes
- 6 oz can tomato paste
- 2 cup hot water
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 6 whole-wheat hamburger buns, split
- Dill pickle slices or jalapeño slices, for garnish
Heat the olive oil over moderate heat in a deep skillet. Add garlic and stir. After 2 to 3 minutes, add shallots, bell pepper, bay leaves, oregano, and red chili flakes. Stir for a few minutes. Add the ground turkey to the skillet and brown for 5 minutes, breaking the meat up with a wooden spoon. Add canned tomatoes, paste, and 2 cups of hot water. Stir.
When mixture starts to boil, lower heat and let simmer until thickened, 30 to 40 minutes. Preheat oven to 400ºF. Stir mixture occasionally, breaking up tomatoes into a rich, ragu-like consistency.
Add salt and pepper, to taste. Toast buns split-side down on oven rack for 6 to 8 minutes.
Discard bay leaves. Spoon Sloppy Joe mixture on buns and garnish with dill pickle slices or jalapeños.
Serves 6. Per serving: 350 calories, 41g carbs, 20g protein, 13g fat, 60mg cholesterol.
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