Monday, January 27, 2014
Sloppy Joes -- Italian Style
This evening I made a quick and simple dinner using the leftover thick meaty sauce from last night's pasta dinner. It was a spicy arrabbiata type sauce (Del Grosso's Fireworks sauce). It was loaded with sauteed red and yellow bell peppers, mushrooms and over 2 pounds of Italian chicken sausage and chicken breast that I had added to it before simmering it uncovered for over an hour to reduce, thicken and meld all the flavors together when I made it yesterday. It was a super thick and chunky sauce.
When I got home from work this evening and pulled the bowl of leftover meat sauce out of the fridge, I spotted the plate of biscuits I made this weekend on the shelf beside it. It got me thinking that together they would probably make awesome "Sloppy Joes" with an Italian twist. I thought about it for a moment and decided...why not? Sloppy Joes are basically just ground meat in a thick and rich tomato based sauce with onions, peppers and some spices. I sliced and heated the biscuits and warmed up the sauce. I cut a couple slices of mozzarella cheese into thin strips, then pulled out my shredded Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. I topped the biscuits with the meat sauce, mozzarella and a sprinkle of shredded cheese...and Voila...mini Italian Style Sloppy Joes! They were absolutely delicious. It reminded me of using bread to mop up the delicious sauce left on your plate...only this was doing it "sandwich style". I will definitely make these again next time I have leftover meat sauce. I snapped a couple photos for you to see below. Enjoy!