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September 23, 2008

Sophisto Joes

Filed under: Beef, Main Dish — Tags: — bettylou79 @ 11:32 am

These are not your mama’s Sloppy Joes! These are wonderful! My husband says that I have now cooked “two hot meals in a row.” I had to ask him to clarify that one! He meant that he loved the Chicken Roll-ups from last night and then this recipe! I found this recipe when I was going through my Gourmet magazines. I ended up with a free year subscription by using up some frequent flier miles that were about to expire with a certain airline. I really didn’t like the magazine at first because I thought the recipes were too fancy and contained ingredients were too hard to find. Now I love it! I was ripping out recipes that I liked and came across this one. I saw it and decided that I had to make it for dinner this week. We loved these Sloppy Joes! They are so different but also refined! When I was searching online for a link to the recipe, I found it on Quite interesting! Enjoy!

Sophisto Joes

source: Gourmet magazine (


1 (14 1/2-ounce) can whole tomatoes in juice, drained

1 large onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 medium carrot, finely chopped
1 celery rib, finely chopped
1 1/2 lb ground beef chuck
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 cup dry red wine
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
4 kaiser rolls, split


Purée tomatoes in a blender.

Cook onion and garlic in butter in a 12-inch heavy skillet over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until onion begins to brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Add carrot, celery, and 1/2 teaspoon salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are softened, 4 to 5 minutes.

Add beef and brown, stirring to break up lumps, 5 to 6 minutes. Add chili powder, cumin, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 3/4 teaspoon pepper and cook, stirring, 2 minutes. Add puréed tomatoes, wine, Worcestershire sauce, and brown sugar and boil, stirring occasionally, until sauce has thickened, about 6 minutes. Season with salt and sandwich inside rolls.



  1. These actually do look really good…I can see why he said that! Great job.


    Comment by Darius T. Williams — September 24, 2008 @ 7:40 am

  2. What a nice change from the traditional tomato based version! The use of red wine sounds wonderful!

    Comment by Joelen — September 25, 2008 @ 11:05 pm

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