Sloppy Joes à la Française Recipe

Difficulty: Easy | Total Time: 25 minutes | Active Time: | Makes: 2 servings

Here is a French take on a classic American recipe, Francified through the addition of fresh herbs, a hit of vinegar, and served on a French baguette. At once salty, savory, sweet, creamy, and oozing with tomatoey goodness, this is a dish sure to satisfy a deep meat craving. This recipe is certainly a step up from what you ate in your middle school cafeteria.

  • 10-12 ounces lean ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 fresh thyme sprig
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 large garlic clove, chopped
  • a pinch each of cinnamon, chili powder, cumin, and paprika
  • 1/2-cup beef broth
  • 1 1/2-tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 anchovy fillet, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated parmesan cheese, plus additional for serving
  1. Sprinkle ground beef with a dash of pepper and a generous pinch of salt; mash with a fork to mix together.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion, thyme sprig, and bay leaf, and cook until onion is slightly softened, about 4 minutes
  3. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
  4. Add the spices, and sautee for 30 seconds to combine
  5. Reduce heat slightly; add the beef with an additional pinch of salt and pepper. Cook until heated through, stirring gently once every so often with a wooden spoon to break apart beef strands, about 8-10 minutes.
  6. Add tomato paste, beef broth, vinegar, and anchovy; simmer until reduced to a thick sauce, about 5-7 minutes. Season to taste with additional cinnamon, chili powder, cumin, or paprika as desired.
  7. Discard thyme sprig and bay leaf; add parmesan into sauce and stir until combined. Serve on a french baguette, with additional grated parmesan.

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