The ultimate sloppy joes

  • Preparation Time15 mins
  • Cooking Time10 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyEasy
Extra-virgin olive oil
1 large onion, diced
750g lean ground turkey
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
450ml ketchup
60ml yellow mustard
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsps tomato paste
15ml red wine vinegar
12 parker house rolls
Homemade bread and butter pickles, recipe follows

For the bread and butter pickles

5 gerkins (about 10cm long)
4 slices fresh horseradish, peeled and cut into 1cm slices
4 sprigs fresh dill weed
250ml white vinegar
200g sugar
750ml water
4 cloves garlic, peeled
2 tbsps pickling spice
2 tsps turmeric
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Special equipment: 1 (1 litre) mason jar, sterilized by boiling in water
For the sloppy joes:
1) Set a heavy-based pan over medium-high heat and add 45ml of olive oil. Add onions and saute for 2 to 3 minutes until translucent. Add ground turkey, season well with salt and pepper and brown well all over, breaking it up with a wooden spoon - about 7 to 10 minutes.

2) Add ketchup, mustard, cayenne, brown sugar and tomato paste. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 to 12 minutes.

3) Finish with a splash of red wine vinegar and season it once more before serving on parker rolls with homemade bread and butter pickles.

For the bread and butter pickles:
1) Wash guerkins, slice into 0.5cm thick rounds, and place in a heated, sterilized mason jar with horseradish and fresh dill weed.

2) Set a large pan over medium heat and add vinegar, sugar, water, garlic and pickling spices.

3) Bring the brine to a boil then pour over guerkins and horseradish in still-hot mason jar and seal lid. Allow to cool to room temperature before refrigerating.

4) You can serve once chilled, but for best flavor serve after the pickles have been left overnight.

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