Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Sloppy Giuseppe Sandwich

     An Italian Style Sloppy Joe Sandwich!
     I used to make this sandwich at a café that was located next to a fine dining Italian seafood restaurant.  The two restaurant businesses were operated by the same owner and they shared the same main kitchen.  The restaurants offered two very different menus.  The Italian seafood restaurant offered formal fine dining.  The café menu offered casual trendy Italian style food.
     While working at that odd business that housed two restaurants under the same roof, most of my nights were spent cooking in the casual café.  The cafe had an open view kitchen that was located at one end of the dining room.  People used to stand by the open view kitchen and watch us cook dinner for several hundred people.
     Good food handling skills are a plus when working in a open view dining room sauté kitchen with no walls.  The chef always assigned the two cleanest looking high skilled cooks in the open view café  kitchen and one of them was me!  I happen to be one of those freaky chefs that can cook for a thousand people and never get even a tiny splatter of a sauce on my white chef jacket.
     The biggest problem in the open view café kitchen was the Sloppy Giuseppe Sandwich just plain old tasted too good!  In fact, the Sloppy Giuseppe was flat out irresistible.  Grungy looking cooks from the main kitchen would walk out to the open view cafe kitchen and make a Sloppy Giuseppe sandwiches to munch on, while paying customers in the dining room were viewing.
     Imagine seeing grubby, sweaty, unshaved main kitchen cooks goofing off in the open view kitchen while eating a Sloppy Giuseppe Sandwich and ogling the good looking women in the dining room.  The ambiance of the trendy open view kitchen really took a dive when the cooks from the main kitchen went on a Sloppy Giuseppe munch mission.  The chef finally noticed what was going on one night and he banned the main kitchen crew from entering the open view kitchen.

     The Sloppy Giuseppe Sandwich definitely is a winner!  The flavor is so irresistible, that people rarely can eat just one.
     Sloppy Giuseppe:
     This recipe yields enough for 3 large sandwiches!  (About 26 ounces)
     Step 1:  Roast 8 ounces of Sweet Italian Sausage in a 325ºF degree oven till it is fully cooked.
     Cool the sausage in a refrigerator, so it gels.
     Cut the sausage into thin slices.
     Set the sliced sausage aside.
     Step 2:  Heat a wide sauté pan or sauteuse pan over medium/medium low heat.
     Add 2 tablespoons of pomace olive oil.
     Add 1 teaspoon of minced garlic.
     Add 1/2 cup of small chopped onion.
     Sauté till the onions turn clear in color.
     Step 3:  Add 8 ounces of lean ground beef.  (The ground beef must be at least 90% lean, because the grease is not drained off of the mixture, after the ground beef is cooked!)
     Break up the large chunks of ground beef as it sautés.
     Sauté till the ground beef is fully cooked and browned.
     Step 4:  Add 1/3 cup of of chopped green bell pepper.
     Add 1/3 cup of chopped red bell pepper.
     Add 1/3 cup of diced fresh plum tomato.
     Add 3 tablespoons of tomato paste.
     Sauté and stir till the tomato paste gains a little bit of brown color.
     Step 5:  Add 2 cups of rich beef broth.
     Add 2 tablespoons of dark brown sugar.
     Add 1/2 tablespoon of ancho chili powder.
     Add 1/4 teaspoon of Spanish Paprika.
     Add 2 pinches of basil.
     Add 1 pinch of marjoram.
     Add 1/2 teaspoon of oregano.
     Add 1 pinch of crushed dried red pepper.
     Add 1/2 tablespoon of chopped Italian Parsley.
     Add sea salt and black pepper to taste.
     Step 6:  Add the reserved portion of cooked sliced Sweet Italian Sausage.
     Add 6 ounces of thin sliced Italian Calabrese Sausage.  (American style Pepperoni Sausage can be substituted.)
     Bring the liquid to a gentle boil while stirring.
     Step 7:  Reduce the temperature to low heat.
     Gently simmer and reduce till the excess liquid evaporates and the sauce easily clings to the meat.  The finished thick Sloppy Giuseppe mixture should be a reddish brown color.
     Keep the Sloppy Giuseppe warm over very low heat.  Add a splash of water if the mixture becomes too thick.

     Sloppy Giuseppe Sandwich:
     Split an 8" Italian Sub Roll in half and warm it in an oven.
     Spoon about 8 to 10 ounces of the Sloppy Giuseppe mixture onto the warm sub roll.
     Set the sandwich on a plate.
     Garnish the plate with parsley sprigs, black olives and small pickled hot peppers.
     Sloppy and delicious!  Honestly, Sloppy Giuseppe Sandwiches are addictive.  Nobody can eat just one!  

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