I created something of a firestorm the other night when I posted a picture of me DOWNING a quesadilla with Asian flavors and sriracha sour cream.
It was leftover from these Asian-style sloppy joe’s. Sroppy joes, as my husband requested I title this post, but we won’t EVEN go there. Racist.
The joe’s themselves, though, were FANTASTIC. I’m fine with regular old American sloppy joes, but the flavors in these were like …. lettuce wraps with crunchy toppings and deep spicy flavor soaked up by a squishy bun. YOU CAN’T MISS WITH THAT SENTENCE. Here’s how I did it:
For the meat, you’ll need ground beef (fake beef crumbles would be great here!), soy sauce, sriracha or other hot sauce, hoisin, and oyster sauce. For the sloppy joe, any buns you like (soft and squishy are my favs), cilantro, lettuce, and green onion.
The hoisin and oyster sauces are wonderful – if you’re not familiar with them, they’re the two components that pretty much make brown sauce taste BROWN in Chinese and Asian-fusion cooking. They’re readily available, so try one or both of them soon if you haven’t used them before!
All we have to do here is cook the meat, broil the buns, and prep the toppings. You can be eating this meal in 20 minutes. First, add the meat to a skillet with a drizzle of olive oil over medium-high heat. If you wanted to use fresh meat instead of some that’d been sitting in the fridge for 4 days I guess that would be fine.
Another important part of sloppy joes (or any ground beef, for that matter), is really browning the meat. So, break up the meat with a spoon a bit, then let it sit for a minute or two. Then, stir, break more pieces up, and repeat – that way, when the meat is sitting it’ll get nice and brown on the edge touching the pan.
Turn down the heat to medium or medium low so the sauce is simmering but not bubbling too much. If the water all evaporates, add a bit more – we want saucy but not soupy joes. Make that happen.
While you let the sauce simmer, just for another 5 minutes or so, prep the green toppings. Shred some lettuce, tear some cilantro leaves, and thinly slice the green onion on an angle because it’s pretty that way.
Now, you could do all this WAY ahead and just eat whenever. It was 10:30am in these pictures and IT WAS TIME. To assemble, start with some lettuce piled on the bottom of a bun – that’ll help soak up some of the sauce!
That there is a very sloppy sloppy joe. You are going to love these, and you very well may find that you’ll require about 4 as a meal. They can of course be made with any ground meat you like – pork would be especially delicious.
Beer is a must, I think. Serve with beer. Or ginger beer if you’re not into the booze. Enjoy these, friends! They’re DELICIOUS and you’ll love them. The beef mixture itself could be used for ANYTHING, but there’s something about a sloppy joe that’s just GREAT, isn’t there?
In other news, it’s almost Weekend Potluck – and the weekend!
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
- 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
- 1 teaspoon sriracha, plus more to taste
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce, plus more to taste
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 scallion, thinly sliced
- 1 cup thinly sliced lettuce
- cilantro leaves, optional
- hamburger or other sandwich buns for serving
- Heat a skillet to medium-high heat with the beef. Cook for 5 - 7 minutes, breaking the meat up as it cooks until crumbly and browned. When the meat is mostly cooked, add the hoisin, oyster sauce, and sriracha. Stir to combine, and add the water to form a sauce. Taste the meat, and add soy sauce 1 teaspoon at a time to your taste. Add some more sriracha too, if you'd like. Reduce the heat to medium-low, and let the meat simmer for 5-10 minutes until the water is partially reduced and the meat is cooked through.
- Meanwhile, broil the buns on the cut side until lightly toasted.
- To serve, pile some lettuce on the bun bottoms. Top with some of the meat mixture, sliced green onions, and cilantro leaves. Add extra sriracha over the meat if you'd like. Top with a bun top, and enjoy!