Cooking up Sloppy Joes at Red Heat Tavern in Bedford, Mass.

Cooking up Sloppy Joes at Red Heat Tavern in Bedford, Mass.

Satisfying a modern craving for this cafeteria staple



SHAYNA: OUR TREK AROUND THE STATE IN SEARCH OF ELEVATED CAFETERIA FOOD LEFT US WITH AN UNSATISFIED CRAVING FOR SLOPPY JOE’S. >> GROUND BEEF, TOMATOES, SEASONINGS. GRIND IT UP AND PUT IT ON POTATO POND. IT’S GOT TO BE ON THAT SOFT, SOFT BREAD. IT IS A MESSY FOOD. SHAYNA: DENEIS IS THE TAVERN’S VICE PRESIDENT OF FOOD AND BEVERAGE. THE BEDFORD RESTAURANT IS KNOWN FOR DISHES THAT TAKE DINERS BACK TOHE T GOOD OLD DAYS, INCLUDING MAC & CHEESE, TATER TOTS, MEAT LOAF, AND A NEXT LEVEL CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE. SLPYOP JOE’S ARE NOT ON RED HEATS MENU, BUT WE ASKED HERRERA TO INDULGE OUR NOSTALGIC APPETITE. >> WERE GOING TO MAKE REA ALLY SIMPLE DOWN AND DIRTY SLOPPY JOE. SHAYNA: STEP ONE, DICE AND ONION. >> I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT MY KIDS CAN’T FIND IT IN THERE. BUT TO ME, ONION IS FLAVOR. SHAYNA: ADD GROUND BEEF TO A HATED THATHE S DID SKILLET AND HEAT IT UP. >> I HAVE 8020 GROUND BEEF IN HERE. I’M GOING TO RUCEED MY HEAT. I WANTED TO ALMOST STEAM IT HERE TO GET THAT REALLY GOOD SLOPPY JOE ELFEING. WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT THE MEAT IS A BIG MEATBALL STYLE CLUMP. YOU WANT THAT GROUND BEEF TEXTURE THROUGHOUT. THIS IS MY SECRET TOMATO SAUCE. TOMATO PASTE, A LITTLE BIT OF CATCUPH- AND OR TO ASSURE SAUCE. AND SEASONINGS. SHAYNA: AS THE MEAT COOKS, GET YOUR BREAD READY. >> MY SPECIAL BREAD IS A GOOD POTATO. AND I DO NOT WANT TO TOAST THIS BUN, I WANT TO DO SO REALLY GO IN TOHE T BREAD, SO THAT IT BECOMES A SLOPPIER THE BETTER FOR .ME I’M GOING TO WORK OUT AND PUSH IT THROUGH. BACK AT MY SPOON. NOW IF I FEEL GOOD ABOUT M MEAT, RUNNING NICELY, BREAKGIN THEM UP, I AM GOING TO CREATE A HOLE IN THE CENTER OF IT AND I AM GOING TO ADD MY ONI.ON JUST TOPPING UP MY MEAT A LITTLE BIT MORE AND LETTING MY ONIONS DOWN. YOU CAN HAVE IT DONE IN 20 MINUTES. >> >> DELICIOUS SMELLS. / REALLY WORKING ON MY MEAT TEXTEUR NOW, PUSHING THAT DOWN, MAKING SURE EVERYTHING IS COOKED THROUGH. SO I AM GOING TO GET A NICE SCOOP, PUT IT RIGHT THERE ON MY NICE ON. – NOTHING GOOD. SHNAAY: THIS VERSION OF AN OLD FAVORITE TAKES US A LONG WAY FROM THE SCHOOL CAFETERIA. ALL RIGHT, SO I HAVE TO ASK, YOUR FAVORITE COFFEE FOOD? ANTHONY: APPLE BROWN BETTY

Cooking up Sloppy Joes at Red Heat Tavern in Bedford, Mass.

Satisfying a modern craving for this cafeteria staple

Red Heat Tavern is known for dishes that take diners back to the good old days including mac-and-cheese, tater tots, meatloaf, and a next-level chocolate chip cookie. Sloppy Joes are not on Red Heat’s menu, but we asked VP of Food and Beverage Denise Herrera to indulge our nostalgic appetite.Sloppy Joe Recipe (Yields 2) Ingredients: 1/2 lb ground beef1 tsp S & P1 / 4 onion, 1 / 8th dice1 / 2 teaspoon minced garlic2 Tablespoons tomato paste1 / 2 cup water2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce1 Tablespoon brown sugar1 / 2 teaspoon kosher salt2 soft sandwich bunsMethod: Heat sauté pan. Add ground beef and season with salt and pepper. Stir the beef around so it doesn’t stick, working the meat with a sl0tted spoon or mashed-potato press to break up the clumps.Once the meat is 80% cooked, create a well in the center and add the onions and garlic. Sweat those down for 2-3 minutes and then incorporate with the beef. Mix the tomato paste and water together and add to the beef with the brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce. If you want an additional kick, you can add hot sauce as well. Add remaining salt and mix to incorporate. Reduce sauce down to proper consistency and then serve on soft potato buns.

Red Heat Tavern is known for dishes that take diners back to the good old days including mac-and-cheese, tater tots, meatloaf, and a next-level chocolate chip cookie. Sloppy Joes are not on Red Heat’s menu, but we asked VP of Food and Beverage Denise Herrera to indulge our nostalgic appetite.

Sloppy Joe Recipe (Yields 2)

Ingredients:

1/2 lb ground beef

1 tsp S&P

1/4 onion, 1/8th he says

1/2 teaspoon minced garlic

2 Tablespoons tomato paste

1/2 cup water

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

1 Tablespoon brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

2 soft sandwich buns

Method:

Heat sauté pan. Add ground beef and season with salt and pepper. Stir the beef around so it doesn’t stick, working the meat with a sl0tted spoon or mashed-potato press to break up the clumps.

Once the meat is 80% cooked, create a well in the center and add the onions and garlic. Sweat those down for 2-3 minutes and then incorporate with the beef.

Mix the tomato paste and water together and add to the beef with the brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce. If you want an additional kick, you can add hot sauce as well. Add remaining salt and mix to incorporate.

Reduce sauce down to proper consistency and then serve on soft potato buns.

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