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Vivian Howard’s Sloppy Joe Toasts with Spinach Salad

40 minutes

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Vivian Howard’s Sloppy Joe Toasts with Spinach Salad

Award-winning cookbook author, chef, restaurateur and TV personality Vivian Howard has a knack for making elevated comfort food—dishes that are homey and familiar, but also new and innovative. These flavor-packed “sloppy Joes” are one such example. Howard says any type of ground meat works, but we especially like pork because it remains tender and has a silky richness. Be sure to use bread with a sturdy crumb and cut the slices about ½ inch thick—no thinner—so the interiors remain soft after toasting.




Don’t walk away from the bread as it toasts. Broilers vary greatly in heat output, so keep a close eye on the slices and remove them from the oven when nicely brown on both sides.

40 minutes

Patricia A.
July 1, 2022
Great version of Sloppy Joes
I have always loved Sloppy Joes but sometimes felt they lacked flavor. Vivian Howard's recipe is fantastic! Ground pork works beautifully and the seasonings added that flavor I've been searching for. Great idea to dress the spinach before placing it on the toasted crusty bread (yummy!) and spooning the joe mixture on top. This is a total winner (plus, my husband, who has been dubious about my quest for tasty sloppy joes, likes this recipe too!)

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