We chose this recipe on this day for several reasons:
- it was new,
- it is basically sloppy joes and I LOVE sloppy joes,
- my daughter was with my parents for the weekend so no worry about sloppy food + kid scenario....
- fairly basic ingredient list with nothing too unusual or foreign
2 tbsp Olive Oil
1/2 tsp Red Pepper flakes
1 lb ground beef
1 green pepper, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
5 large garlic cloves, chopped
ash of freshly grated nutmeg
Salt & Pepper
1 cup sliced & diced mushrooms
1/2 cup red wine
3/4 cup beef stock
1 - 14 oz can of crushed tomatoes
1/4 cup fresh parsley chopped
6 tbsp butter
1 cup fresh basil, chopped
1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
1. Preheat the broiler
2. Meat sauce: heat a deep skillet over medium heat. add the oil, pepper flakes and ground beef and break up the meat.
3. Add the green pepper, onions and 4 cloves of garlic, nutmeg, salt & pepper to the beef and cook together making sure you break up the meat.
4. Add the mushrooms
and cook for 5 minutes.
5. Add the wine and cook for 1 minutes.
6. Add the beef stock and tomatoes.
7. Bring the mixture to a bubble, reduce the heat to medium low and gently simmer for 10 minutes.
8. Finish it by stirring in the chopped parsley.
9. While the meat is cooking, combine the remaining garlic, soft butt
er, chopped basil and salt and pepper.
10. Split the rolls in half, pressing them open and slather the insides with the garlic butter and toast until golden brown under the broiler.
11. When everything is ready - top the garlic buns with the meat and sprinkle with some of the cheese! Pour a glass of wine and enjoy!
My thoughts: I really liked it, it was fairly easy to make (save that husband started to make it before I was even ready or knew where all the ingredients were even ready...) so my advice - make this recipe, do not leave the man unattended in the kitchen with a cook book and make sure that you have everything ready to go right off the hop because it is quick and certainly easy.
My other thoughts: I really need to start drinking more wine for various reasons which means I should be cooking with them WAY more often :D - so I've decided that I am going to try some new wines and add that to my list of things to blog about!
SO at long last here are pictures and recipe:
(side note: also ensure that you have a cork screw in the house... we have ONE just one and the last time we tried to use it - it took me and two desperate wine seeking friends to open it during a fondue party...the pictures that ensued were definitely funny unfortunately I couldn't find the cork screw tonight when making this. HOWEVER never fear a well prepared individual I am I have a trust swiss army knife!)
Unfortunately the swiss army knife proved unless I mean - seriously how are you suppose to open wine with that?! I was about to break the glass itself to get at the good stuff *just joking* when the hidden location of the said missing cork screw was discovered and saved the day.
(the wine was a California Merlot)
After all that effort I needed a drink of wine and I also had to ensure that the wine tasted good for the meal - so I happily poured myself a glass and it was delish!
Note to self: BUY a good cork screw that actually works!