A Southern Grace: match made in heaven

June 8, 2017

match made in heaven


Chicken cheesesteak sloppy joes. It seems like an obvious hybrid (like the zorse), but until I saw it, I had never thought about it before (like the zorse!)!

Two of my favorite mixtures to put on bread are those for sloppy joes and cheesesteaks. Though their differences are stark (cheesesteaks are usually sliced meat while sloppy joes are ground; cheesesteaks rely on meat juices for moisture while sloppy joes have a tomato-based sauce; sloppy joes are often flavored with celery and Worcestershire sauce, cheesesteaks depend on peppers, onions, and cheese), they actually have enough in common to make their marriage work.

From the sloppy joes side, I took the following aspects: ground meat, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, and mustard. The cheesesteak-inspired part involved onions and peppers, cheese, and a dash of taco seasoning. The end result, I must say, was a flavorful, filling, and delicious dinner. This is more saucy than a cheesesteak but less tomato-y than sloppy joes (something I appreciate as tomato-induced heartburn is a real problem at the moment), but the taste is still somehow reminiscent of both!

If this looks too saucy for you, feel free to cut back on the milk to 1-1/2 cups. As the final mixture cools, it does thicken a bit, and you might need to add some form of liquid when you reheat leftovers, even if you don't take any out from the start.

Sloppy Cheesesteak Joes
(printable recipe)
Serves 6
  • 1 pound ground chicken (or turkey)(or beef)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 6 ounces swiss or provolone cheese, shredded or cubed (about 1 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon taco seasoning
In a large 12-inch nonstick skillet set over medium heat, cook the ground chicken, onion, pepper, thyme, salt, and pepper for 6-7 minutes, breaking the meat into small pieces as it cooks, until it is cooked through.
Drain any excess grease.
Blend or vigorously whisk the milk and flour together until smooth, being sure to eliminate any lumps.
Return the skillet to medium heat. Add the milk mixture to the ground turkey.
Bring the mixture to a simmer. Reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer for 5-6 minutes until thickened.
Stir in the cheese until melted. Add the Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, mustard, and seasoning and stir to combine.
Add additional salt and pepper to taste. Serve the meat mixture on buns.


~~louise~~ said...

Loving this concept Grace!!! Rarely do I get excited over a ground chicken recipe but, this not only looks tempting, it's sooooooo easy!!! Thanks for sharing Grace...

Pam said...

Looks like tasty comfort food to me! YUM.

Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen said...

You're so creative, Grace! I always look forward to seeing your delicious recipes, and this one looks seriously amazing. I hope your week is going well!

Angie's Recipes said...

What a fun and creative recipe! It looks delicious and soul satisfying!

Juliana said...

This is such a nice combination Grace...and yes, I like mine with lots of sauce...it sure makes a great meal!
Enjoy the rest of your week :)

Cheri Savory Spoon said...

Great combo Grace, love the cheesey sauce, I bet this is delicious!

Velva said...

This is a really interesting twist. I like it! I like a lot of sauce so no modifying for me.

Hope all is well.


Unknown said...

Great idea dear. Love the creativity. It looks delicious. :)

Food Gal said...

I tend to eat more chicken than beef, so I like this alternative for a sloppy-good sammy.

Unknown said...

2 cups of milk may be a bit too much. How about 1 cup milk and 2 tablespoon of cream. Would that be a bad combo?

grace said...

@ANDY GIBBS: Sounds like a reasonable replacement to me!

Inger @ Art of Natural Living said...

This is so clever Grace! A person gets tired of the "same ol'" and what a great way to shake things up!

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies said...

That is deliciousness on a bun!