These aren’t ANYONE’s Sloppy Joe’s. How do I know? Because I wasn’t setting out to make them when I started. It was a total mistake. When my mistakes are good they make the blog as in the case of my roasted red peppers with coconut rice. However, a couple of weeks ago I posted on Facebook that, that evenings disaster WOULD CERTAINLY NOT be making to the blog. It sucked.
But tonight, I was trying to make pork meatballs. They must have been a little too moist from avoiding the use of bread crumbs (used finely shredded coconut instead from my coconut milk making). They simply fell apart in the pan when I was trying to brown them. So I decided to mush it up and throw the tomato sauce on top. Voila — Sloppy Joe’s! What makes them tasty is the fact that the ‘meatballs’ had been marinating in the refrigerator all day in a special mixture that I made up. Check it out. And please pardon the steps. There might be a better way to accomplish this, but to duplicate my flavor you should follow the steps through my mishap.
- 1lb ground pork
- ¼ cup sour cream
- 7oz tomato paste
- 1 cup zucchinis (shredded)
- 2 eggs
- 1 tablespoon cayenne powder
- 1 tablespoon sucanat (or honey)
- 2 cloves garlic (minced)
- 1 cup dried coconut (finely shredded)
- 2 sprigs thyme
- thin slice salt (to taste)
- 7oz tomato paste
- 1 ½ cups chicken stock
- italian seasoning (I have a mixture of basil, oregano, rosemany)
- 2 red peppers (sliced)
For the marinade, throw the ground pork in a bowl. Add all rest of the marinade ingredients in but do not mix until the last ingredient is in the bowl. Then mix by hand. Refrigerate for 5-6 hours.
For the tomato sauce, in a sauce pan, add tomato paste, chicken stock, salt, seasonings and heat until bubbly. Check flavor and adjust as necessary. Now add the red peppers and warm through for another five minutes. Set sauce aside.
Throw the marinated meat in a pan. I used my cast iron pan. You can add a bit of butter to the pan as well. Cook until the meat is browned.
Add the tomato sauce with peppers and cook for another five minutes. Serve with rice or by itself because there are plenty of veggies, protein, and healthy fats for a well rounded meal without the grains.
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