I have never attempted making my own sloppy joe mix before. I was very pleasantly surprised at how good this tasted! Good is an understatement - this was fabulous!!! This is adapted from the Deceptively Delicious cookbook.
Instead of serving this on buns, I made sloppy joe pockets. I made pizza dough in my bread machine using the dough cycle. (I use this recipe from The Natural Mommy.) When I took it out of the machine, I kneaded it for a few minutes then divided it into 8 (mostly) equal parts.
Once I had each dough glob worked into a circle, I piled on the sloppy joe mix, piled it with shredded cheddar cheese, then folded the dough over and pinched the edges to seal. I baked them at 450 degrees for about 10-12 minutes. Fantastic!!
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1 Tbs olive oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 ribs celery, finely chopped
2 tsp garlic, minced
1 lb ground turkey
1/2 cup sweet potato puree (you can use baby food as a shortcut)
2 large carrots, finely chopped
1 can tomato paste
1/2 cup squash puree or pumpkin puree
1/2 cup water
2 Tbs worchestshire sauce
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp black pepper
1. Heat large skillet over medium high heat. Add olive oil to skillet. Once the oil is heated, add onion, celery, and garlic. Saute for about 5 minutes, or until onions begin to become translucent.
2. Add ground turkey to skillet. Break apart and brown until all pink has disappeared.
3. Add remaining ingredients. Stir, reduce heat to medium low, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.