By Kevin Williams
Oh, wow, I had almost forgotten about sloppy joes until I read this piece. I think one of my favorite meals as a kid was when Mom would open a can of "Manwich" (Is this still even sold? I'm surprised no one has flagged it as sexist, where is "Womanwich"?) , mix it with some hamburger and spoon it onto some buns. Oh wow...pure bliss. But what about homemade manwich? I think I made some a time or two after I moved out on my own. And if you want to cut calories you can make this homemade version with veggie crumbles. So, here is an Amish recipe, not sure who sent it into me, for your own homemade manwich or sloppy joes:
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 1 1 /4 cup ketchup
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 /2 teaspoon salt
- 1 /2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 large onion
- 1 /2 cup water
- 1 tablespoon vinegar
- 1 /2 teaspoon mustard
- ¼ teapsoon Allspice
- Cook beef and onions till no longer pink.
- Add rest of ingredients and simmer 35-40 mins.
Yes they still make "Manwich", I don't care for the manwich but I do love Sloppy Joe's. That's what I always had as "Manwich" was made yet in the 50's and early 60's.
Sorry ..."Manwich" was not made until the mid 60's or after.
Kevin, they do still make Manwich.. They never stopped. My husband and I actually had Manwich's Tuesday night for dinner with Tater Tots! Ummmm
Manwich has been around a long time. To tell you the truth though I have never had Manwich, only because I do not think homemade sloppy joe's can be replaced with something in a can. I prefer the real thing homemade sloppy Joe's. No changing my mind about that either. For me it has to be homemade or go without. Thank you for sharing your Amish recipe with all of us.
Sandy, I do agree with you. My Mom, I'll plead guilty for her, I always gave us canned Manwich when I was growing up...but now having had the real, homemade "sloppy joes", really, there's no comparison...no need for canned Manwich! - Kevin
your recipe for sloppy joes didn't work out for me.
The instructions said to add the rest of the ingredients after cooking the beef.
I added all the ingredients listed and the buns were too moist to use.
Jay, I've made this recipe before - years ago - and if I recall it turned out OK, but my memory is fuzzy...what do you think needs to be tweaked, do you think there is too much liquid? I am sorry it didn't turn out, that is always frustrating - Kevin
The recipe says to: Cook beef and onions till no longer pink.
Add rest of ingredients and simmer 35-40 mins.
Do you really add the buns in with the rest of the ingredients and cook for 25-30 min?
No, Pat, I took the buns off the ingredient list. Sorry for the confusion, when it is all done, spoon onto 8 buns.
My recipe from my folks included a generous splash of Worcestershire Sauce and a double shot of bourbon. Let it simmer on low heat until the liquid has reduced and thickened, stirring frequently Spoon onto toasted hamburger buns and add a slice of cheese. (The bourbon cooks off leaving only it’s flavor behind).
Bourbon in sloppy joes? That is genius!