Asian Sloppy Joes

A little known fact about myself…I’m Asian.  Well, part-Asian…that is to say…my Dad is Taiwanese and my Momma is German.  I’m proud of being Asian and so are my children.  But it’s kind of hard to believe that my blonde haired blue/brown eyed children are Asian.  I get mistaken a lot for a different ethnicity.  I just kind of laugh when someone comes up to me and starts speaking in rapid Spanish.  About the only Spanish I know is 3 years of high school Spanish and that was over 20 years ago, so you’d better speak slowly if you want me to understand.

Anyways, I dabble in cooking Asian cuisine.  Much of what I know, I learned from watching my Dad cook growing up.  I’m pretty good at Asian flavors and knowing what works.  And I’ll tell you what  I happen to be an expert in…knowing what my children will eat.  And one of these things is sloppy joes.  I’m a firm believer if you put anything in a bun or a tortilla and let them put ketchup on it, they’ll eat it.  It may not be the best way to get kids to try new things, but it definitely works.  So when I decided to make these Asian Sloppy Joes, I was pretty sure they would be a hit.  And guess what?  Clean plate club all around.

Start by sauteing onions in a large skillet in sesame oil over medium heat.

Then add your ground beef.

Brown the ground beef, drain off any fat.   Then add garlic, sliced water chestnuts and bamboo shoots.

Then add ketchup, hoisin sauce, soy sauce and rice vinegar.

Mix well and simmer over low heat for about 10 minutes, until the sauce thickens.

Top with sliced green onions and sesame seeds.

Serve on a hamburger bun.  Enjoy!

Recipe:
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1 small yellow onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
8 oz sliced water chestnuts
8 oz sliced bamboo shoots
1 lb ground beef
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup hoisin sauce
2 Tablespoons soy sauce
1 Tablespoon rice vinegar
sliced green onions (garnish)
sesame seeds (garnish)
hamburger buns for serving

Saute onions in sesame oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add ground beef and cook until brown.  Drain off excess fat.  Add garlic, water chestnuts and bamboo shoots.  Mix to combine.  Add ketchup, hoisin sauce, soy sauce and rice vinegar.  Mix well and simmer over low heat for about 10 minutes until sauce thickens.  Garnish with green onions and sesame seeds.  Serve on a hamburger bun.

Enjoy!

Caroline