The Best Sloppy Joes

The Best Sloppy Joes are easy to make, so delicious, and ready in 30 minutes or less! Triple or quadruple the recipe for parties, backyard barbecues, and giant family vacations.

I can’t think of another meal that’s more evocative than the Sloppy Joe, an American staple.

For me, eating one takes me back to cool summers at my family’s cabin in northern Wisconsin. My mom would make a huge batch, freeze it for the car ride up, and the whole family, kids and all would sit down and eat together once we arrived that first night.

Here’s a recipe from the best sloppy joes I’m sure you’ll love.



Ingredients
1 pound ground beef
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
1/2 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground mustard
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
8 Sandwich buns, split

Instructions

In a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium-high heat, combine beef and onion. Cook until the meat is mostly browned, about 5 minutes. Drain well.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl whisk together tomato sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, vinegar, Worcestershire, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper.

Pour sauce ingredients over drained beef and stir until evenly coated. Cover and simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve in buns.

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Puto Filipino Merienda

Puto Filipino Merienda

 

 

 

Puto– I love to eat puto when my friends come home and spend time with me. In the past, we used to play cards and board games. But this year, we are spending time talking or watching movies. Meals are usually long and a fun time. We enjoy eating puto for snack with cold drinks.

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Ingredients
1 ¾ cups cake flour
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 ½ cups water
2 egg whites
¼ cup fresh milk

Instructions
1.Fill a 12-inch pan halfway with water and set over high heat.
2.In a bowl, sift together cake flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
3.In another bowl, combine water, egg whites and fresh milk. Using a hand mixer, beat the mixture at low speed for 5 minutes.
4.Add the sifted dry ingredients and blend until smooth.
5.Strain the batter into another bowl to ensure that there are no lumps.
6.Lightly brush a mini muffin tin with vegetable oil.
7.Fill muffin tin ¾ full with the batter.
8.Once the water in the pan is boiling, place the muffin tin in the pan and cover the pan with a lid.
9.Steam the puto for 5 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the puto comes out clean.
10.Once the puto is cooked, remove from the pan and allow to cool at least 30 seconds before removing from the muffin tins.
11.Repeat steps 6 to 10 three more times, making sure there is enough water in the pan each time.

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Steamed Chicken Adobo Buns – Adobong Siopao

Steamed Chicken Adobo Buns – Adobong Siopao

siopaoThe steamed or baked asian bun.  What exactly is it.  Well Filipinos call it “Siopao”, in China it’s called a “Bao”, and in Hawaii we call it “Manapua”.  These names all refer to the same thing.  That soft spongy ball of dough filled with a variety of fillings like sweet char siu pork, chicken curry, Chinese sausage, or sweet black bean paste; then steamed or baked to perfection.

Siopao, Bao, Manapua, or whatever you want to call it is a family favorite.  It can be an appetizer, a snack, lunch, dinner, or dessert.  It all depends on what it’s filled with.  It’s the perfect picnic food.  Easy to pack and very easy to eat.  Don’t forget it’s delicious too!

In Hawaii and all over Asia these steamed or baked buns are sold out of food trucks, in restaurants, and even at neighborhood convenience stores like 7Eleven.  Everyone has their own favorite place where they’ll swear make the best buns.  In Hawaii my all time favorite is the Aiea Manapua & Snack Shop, this little hole in the wall joint  that has been serving the most amazing char sui and shoyu chicken manapuas for years.

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But in some places siopao or baos are not so easily found and there fore you may have to make it at home whenever you’ve got a yen for some.  Or sometimes you just want a unique filling that they don’t sell in the stores.  That’s why we have this tried and true Siopao recipe that we use to make homemade steamed buns.  In this recipe I will fill it with another Filipino favorite, chicken adobo.

You can use the my Chicken Adobo recipe just substitute boneless chicken thighs instead of bone in chicken parts.   Or you can fill it with Pork Adobo, it’s the same recipe as the chicken but uses pork butt instead of chicken.  Or you can fill it with your favorite meat or veggies.  Really the recipe for the bun is the same regardless of the filling you choose to use.  Click here for chicken adobo recipe.

So today I’m sharing the recipe for the steamed bun dough.  You can fill it with anything you want.

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Ingredients:

1/4 cup warm water

1 packet active dry yeast

2 tbs. sugar

1 1/2 cup warm water

1/2 cup sugar

4 1/2 – 5 cups flour

3 tbs. oil

1 1/2 tsp. salt

Directions:

Place the 1/4 cup warm water in a small bowl or measuring cup

Add dry yeast packet and 2 tbs. sugar

Do not stir just swish it around so the yeast is wet and the sugar disolves

Set aside for about 10 minutes or until it is frothy

Place the remaining ingredients in a mixing bowl, but do not add all the flour.  Start with about 4 cups, you can add the remaining flour as you knead to get the correct dough consistency.  You may not need all the flour.

Add the activated yeast mix and mix well to form a medium soft dough.  Add remaining flour in small increments until you achieve the correct consistency.

Knead the dough by hand or with an electric mixer using the dough hook attachment.  Knead until the dough is very smooth and elastic.

Turn into and oiled mixing bowl.  Roll the dough in the bowl to cover with oil.

Cover with plastic film and leave to rise in a warm place until it doubles in size.

Punch out excess air and divide into about 24 balls.

Flatten each ball into a flat circle on a lightly floured surface.  Flatten dough to about 1/4″ thick.

siopaoPlace a heaping tablespoonful of filling in the center of the flat dough then draw edges towards the center and crimp or twist closed.

Place each ball on a small square of parchment paper, crimped side down and let rest until it doubles in size.

Be patient because properly risen dough will turn into light and fluffy buns!

When dough is properly risen steam each bun on high heat for 15 – 20 minutes.

Serve warm or cold.  Store left over buns in the fridge in zip lock bags.  To reheat either re-steam or cover with a damp paper towel and heat in the


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Yeast Starter
  1. Place the 1/4 cup warm water in a small bowl or measuring cup Add dry yeast packet and 2 tbs. sugar Do not stir just swish it around so the yeast is wet and the sugar disolves Set aside for about 10 minutes or until it is frothy
Dough
  1. Place the remaining ingredients in a mixing bowl, but do not add all the flour.  Start with about 4 cups, you can add the remaining flour as you knead to get the correct dough consistency.  You may not need all the flour. 
  2. Add the activated yeast mix and mix well to form a medium soft dough.  Add remaining flour in small increments until you achieve the correct consistency.
  3. Knead the dough by hand or with an electric mixer using the dough hook attachment.  Knead until the dough is very smooth and elastic.
  4. Turn into and oiled mixing bowl.  Roll the dough in the bowl to cover with oil.
  5. Cover with plastic film and leave to rise in a warm place until it doubles in size.
  6. Punch out excess air and divide into about 24 balls.
  7. Flatten each ball into a flat circle on a lightly floured surface.  Flatten dough to about 1/4" thick.
  8. Place a heaping tablespoonful of filling in the center of the flat dough then draw edges towards the center and crimp or twist closed.
  9. Place each ball on a small square of parchment paper, crimped side down and let rest until it doubles in size.
  10. Be patient because properly risen dough will turn into light and fluffy buns!
  11. When dough is properly risen steam each bun on high heat for 15 - 20 minutes.
  12. Serve warm or cold.  Store left over buns in the fridge in zip lock bags.  To reheat either re-steam or cover with a damp paper towel and heat in the 
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Oh So Spicy Homemade Salsa Recipe

Oh So Spicy Homemade Salsa Recipe

Spicy homemade salsaI concluded years ago that if you want great salsa you only have two choices.  One, find a family owned Mexican restaurant preferably one south of the border or in  border zones in states like Arizona, California, and Texas.  Or two, make it at home.  Since I live in Hawaii I generally opt for option two as I can’t jet off to Mexico or the border states each time I’ve a yen for salsa.  So I came up with my Spicy Homemade Salsa Recipe.

At our house we like our salsa chunky, tasty, and very spicy.  That’s why those store bought bottles of salsa just don’t make the cut.  I mean the old TV commercial was right who wants to eat salsa mass produced in like Ohio or worse yet China!

spicy homemade salsaMy Spicy Homemade Salsa is perfect.  It uses fresh ingredients and lots of it.  It’s chunky and flavored with lots of fresh cilantro, limes, and of course hot peppers.  The hotter the better!

Now my Spicy Homemade Salsa is just that salsa, meaning it’s saucy.   We use my Spicy Homemade Salsa as a dip, topping, or filling.  Yes a filling!  I love it rolled up in a fresh hot tortilla!

Here’s the recipe, you might think it’s a bit fussy.  But believe me it’s worth the time!  I usually mix up a batch, it makes about 3 small bowls, to serve with dinner.  Any left over salsa will keep in the fridge for about 2-3 days.  I’m not sure because it never lasts more than 3 days at our house, heck we’re lucky to have left overs which is generally gone by the next day!,

Try this salsa on Dion’s Steak Flautas, it makes that delicious dish my grandson Dion makes for us outstanding!

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  1. Wash Tomatoes and Jalapeno Peppers
  2. Drizzle 1 Tsp olive oil over unpeeled bulb of garlic
  3. Grill all the vegetables until cooked - Tomatoes, Onions, Peppers, and Garlic
  4. Remove the peel from the grilled tomatoes and dice the tomato
  5. Dice the onions and peppers and place in a bowl with the tomatoes. Be sure you add the pepper seeds in the bowl too. (for less spicy salsa remove and discard the seeds or just add the seeds of 3 peppers to the bowl and discard the rest of the seeds)
  6. Slip garlic out of its peel and crush. Add to tomato mixture
  7. Add cilantro and stir everything together
  8. Squeeze lemon juice over the tomato mixture and mix well
  9. Add olive oil and salt to the salsa and mix well
  10. Serve hot or cold
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Sesame Tofu Side Dish

Sesame Tofu Side Dish

tofuWhat is Tofu and is it good for you?  Tofu is coagulated soy milk in short soy bean curd.  The curd is then pressed into a block and is used in many different Asian and Vegan dishes.

I use it in my stirfrys and egg rolls.  I feel that tofu with its soft cheese like texture makes a great protein substitute or addition.  I think the verdict is still out on whether or not Tofu or bean curd is healthy or not.

I’ve read arguments for pros and cons.  I don’t pay too much attention to them as I did grow up eating Tofu, it’s an Asian thing I guess.  Regardless of the debate I see it this way, tofu like anything can be good or bad for you depending on how much you consume regularly.  I mean babies allergic to lactose, like my grandson Jett, pretty much live off soy milk for the first year of their lives, so I’m guessing tofu made from soy milk isn’t a bad thing.  But like I always say too much of anything is bad for you so I’m thinking Tofu falls into this category.

Having said that here is a tofu side dish I make that the whole family enjoys.  It’s super easy to make and can actually be eaten as a main dish when paired with steamed rice.   By the way you can serve it hot or cold.  On hot summer days I chill it in the fridge and serve very cold.  It’s a great side dish that goes well with my Spicy Kalbi Kabobs!  The some what bland creamy tofu taste tempers the spiciness of the beef kabobs and kimchee!

Sesame Tofu

Ingredients:

1 Block Firm Tofu – sliced into 1/2″ cubes

1 Tbs. Sesame Oil

1 Tsp. Finely Minced Garlic

1/4 Cup Soy Sauce

1/4 Cup Sesame Oil

1 Tsp. White Sesame Seeds

1 Tbs. Chopped Green Onions optional

Directions:

Heat oil

Sautee garlic until they start to brown

Gently add tofu cubes

Cook until all sides turn slightly brown – gently turning cubes with a spatula – about 5 -10 minutes.

Remove cooked Tofu cubes from heat and transfer into serving bowl

In a small bowl stir together soy sauce, sesame oil, and sesame seeds until well mixed

Pour over tofu

Gently toss tofu cubes until well coated with soy sauce mixture

Sprinkle with chopped green onions before serving

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  1. Heat oil
  2. Sautee garlic until they start to brown
  3. Gently add tofu cubes
  4. Cook until all sides turn slightly brown - gently turning cubes with a spatula - about 5 -10 minutes.
  5. Remove cooked Tofu cubes from heat and transfer into serving bowl 
  6. In a small bowl stir together soy sauce, sesame oil, and sesame seeds until well mixed
  7. Pour over tofu 
  8. Gently toss tofu cubes until well coated with soy sauce mixture
  9. Sprinkle with chopped green onions before serving
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