Nina, my mother’s friend, could make Sloppy Joes to
perfection. The sizzling sound of ground beef cooking in the
electric frying pan and the scent of onions and ketchup drifting
down the hallways where she lived, was enough to call children
to dinner without a word. Mustard, used since Roman times, adds
an essential spicy flavor to these sandwiches. Yellow mustard,
prepared from mustard seeds, actually obtains its color from
turmeric. Mustard plants can be seen blooming in the fields of
Norwich, England in June.
Nina now lives in Europe.
pound lean ground beef
1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
3/4 cup ketchup
1 teaspoon mustard powder
1 1/2 teaspoons granulated sugar
1 tablespoon white vinegar
Pinch ground black pepper
In a 5-quart sauté pan, brown the beef. Add the onions
until translucent. Stir in ketchup, mustard, sugar,
salt and pepper. Cook for 5 minutes.
2. Serve meat
filling in toasted hamburger buns.
Makes 6 sandwiches