simple real simple sweet and salty pork and apple sloppy joes

The sloppy joe. A childhood staple. So much so, even Adam Sandler joked about it on screen in an elementary school cafeteria. The packaged, high sodium dish I remember is probably not one I’d feed my family but this Real Simple recipe is one that has grown up qualities. The high sodium spice packet gets replaced by salty ground pork balanced by vibrant fresh grated tomatoes, garnished with a touch of sweet julienned apples. Even better, it’s a quick and easy dish that everyone in the family will love! Here’s my attempt at Pork and Apple Sloppy Joes.

Simple Real Simple Sloppy Joe's

Simple Real Simple Sloppy Joes

Here's my newest sous chef, Brody, following in his big brother's foot steps!

Here’s my newest sous chef, Brody, following in his big brother’s foot steps!

Ingredients:

4 ripe tomatoes coarsely grated

1/2 yellow onion finely chopped

3 cloves garlic, chopped

1 package ground pork

2 TBS Worcestershire

1 TBS light brown sugar

A dash of salt and pepper

EVOO

1 sweet apple (such as Granny Smith), julienned

Whole wheat hamburger rolls

Grating tomatoes is a great technique for all types of sauces!

Grating tomatoes is a great technique for all types of sauces!

Directions:

In a large saute pan over medium high heat, drizzle EVOO and add the onion and garlic. Cook until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.

Add the pork, salt, and pepper and cook until golden, about 10 minutes.

Pork brings the perfect salty balance to this dish

Pork brings the perfect salty balance to this dish

Add the tomatoes and Worcestershire and cook about 12 minutes until thickened. Serve on buns topped with apple.

Who can eat only one?!

Who can eat only one?!

Over stuffing is perfectly acceptable

Over stuffing is perfectly acceptable

Real Simple turned this classic into an adult favorite with their updated version of a childhood must-have meal. Even my husband (who’s not a fan of sweet on his dinner plate, went back for seconds!). If you like this one pot meal staple, check out my Eggplant Sloppy Joe Penne for a twist!

Eat Well,

Stephanie a.k.a. The Foodetarian

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