Sometimes I revert back to my childhood.
You know the era where I wore white bobby sox, white buck shoes and pale baby blue jeans with the cuffs rolled up.
And along with bobby pins, Aqua Net hair spray and the Mickey Mouse club on TV…was one of my favorite meals.
I love this mixture of ground beef and onions and tomato sauce so much that I had a pajama party with my girl friends, and sloppy joes were on the menu along with coca cola and orange soda.
Oh, and of course there were potato chips.
Guy’s potato chips to be exact.
Over the years, I have modified my sloppy joe recipes to include whatever I had on hand and it has almost always worked.
Years ago, I went through a period of adding a can of chicken gumbo soup to my ground beef/onion mixture.
Remember that boys and girls?
AND, even though there were many people who turned their noses up at a can of chicken gumbo soup period, (let alone adding it to a perfectly good ground beef recipe)…it was good.
Then I went through a period of adding a can of tomato soup to make my sloppy joes.
You might remember my sloppy joes recipe in this post….. sloppy joes recipe along with a Delaware punch.
That post certainly dated me along with the following.
I think that was about the same time I started putting green bell pepper into my baked beans, that I also added bell peppers to my sloppy joes.
Let’s just say that I have added just about everything at one time nor another to my child hood favorite sandwich.
………and then the Captain and I were eating lunch at a local pizzeria and sandwich shop and on the menu was an old favorite of the Captain’s from his years of living in Pennsylvania.
A Philadelphia cheese steak on a hoagie with…are you ready?
With Cheese Whiz!!!
Now there are purists who insist a Philadelphia Cheese steak can only be topped with cheese whiz, while others will tell you to use provolone cheese.
In Philadelphia, you will find people in both camps who insist their cheese is the best.
The Captain insists on cheese whiz.
What can I say? I have to agree with him.
So one day, I decided to make a variation of a sloppy joe much like the Philadelphia cheese steak.
I called it Cheese Whiz Sloppy Joes.
I browned the ground beef, added onion, mushrooms and bell peppers and mixed in a little cheese whiz, along with a few other ingredients and a new sloppy joe recipe was added to my recipe file.
The Captain loved my new Cheese Whiz Sloppy Joes and I have to admit, so do I.
If you don’t care for cheese whiz, use provolone or pepper jack cheese and melt it into your ground beef.
Do you like sloppy joes?
Perhaps you will like my Cheese Whiz Sloppy Joes….the recipe is below.
Please feel free to modify the recipe to your own tastes.
Do you have a favorite recipe you would like to share?
Have a great day and enjoy the week.
- 1 # ground beef (I used 80-20)
- 1/2 cup onion, chopped
- 1 small green bell pepper, chopped
- 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms (I use portabella but your choice)
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons ketchup
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- 3/4 cup Cheese Whiz (more or less)
- 4 hamburger rolls or your favorite soft roll, toasted
- Brown the ground beef in heavy skillet (I use cast iron and I also like the ground beef to get a bit crunchy...not all of it just a few crumbles)
- Add in the onions, peppers, mushrooms and garlic
- Simmer letting the flavors meld together
- Add in the brown sugar, ketchup and Worcestershire sauce
- Just before serving add in the cheese whiz right to the ground meat mixture, mixing well.
- Serve on toasted buns along with potato chips, fries or onion rings.
- Some people love cheese whiz and some people don't. If you prefer another cheese, use provolone or pepper jack.