Sloppy Joes à la Française
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
1Sprinkle ground beef with a dash of pepper and a generous pinch of salt; mash with a fork to mix together.
2Heat 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
3Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
4Add the spices, and sautee for 30 seconds to combine
5Reduce 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.
6Add 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.
7Discard 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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