Grandma’s Sloppy Joes & Brocco-slaw

With Christmas coming thoughts turn to family and friends and happy memories of times gone by. Hubby came from a large, boisterous family that loved to spend time together and eating was always a big part of their gatherings. Whenever we would come to town his Grandma Cord would gather both sides of his family and my brother at her house: siblings, aunts, uncles, nieces.

On the menu was Grandma’s Sloppy Joes and Brocco-slaw. Whenever I make these dishes it always takes me back to that warm, fuzzy feeling that was present at her house. I count myself very lucky to have been brought into his family and be a part of those long ago gatherings.

Grandma’s Sloppy Joes

Serves: 6

1 Pound Ground Beef
1/2 Cup Chopped Onion
1/2 Cup Chopped Bell Pepper
2 Cloves Garlic (crushed)
1/3 Cup Catsup
1/4 Cup Taco Sauce
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
1/8 Teaspoon Hot Sauce (optional)
Salt and Pepper (to taste)
6 Hamburger Buns (split and toasted)
6 Slices American Cheese (optional)


Brown beef with onions, bell pepper and garlic. Drain grease. Add catsup, taco sauce, worcestershir sauce, hot sauce, salt and pepper. Simmer 10 minutes. Serve on buns with cheese.

Note: Great when simmered in a crockpot all day. Can be made in the morning, simmered all day and then enjoyed.

serves 4

3/4 cup mayonnaise
3 tablespoons chili sauce
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
garlic and pepper seasoning, to taste
1 pound of shredded broccoli
2 carrots, shredded

Combine dressing ingredients and chill for at least 4 hours to allow the flavors to meld. Toss with shredded cabbage and carrots and serve.

Note: I unfortunately didn’t get Grandma’s dressing recipe but this is one I winged on the fly and it is very good!

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