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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.

4

Servings

Tip

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

Reviews
Meredith B.
September 9, 2022
Wonderful
This is excellent with some twists to sloppy joes that I really enjoyed. I love acidity so not too much vinegar for me. Next time I might brown the meat before adding it to sauce because it should add some more complexity and I didn't prefer the texture of boiled ground meat.
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!)
Gisela H.
September 3, 2022
Flavourful but too much vinegar
Lots of flavour. I would reduce the vinegar by one tablespoon for the spinach and possibly the pork. I like vinegar, but it became too prominent. Otherwise, it was very enjoyable. I didn’t think it would thicken enough at first, but it will. I gave it an extra minute.

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