Turkey Apple Sloppy Joes

Dave and Sarah Eickelberg —  September 26, 2011 — 13 Comments

In 1997, I (Dave) had one of the greatest discoveries of my lifetime. I still remember it like it was yesterday. I was eating at a 1950′s-style diner called Stella’s. I had already ordered a burger and fries and was trying to decide what kind of shake I should get. There were so many flavor possibilities and my mind was racing, trying to decide on the best possible shake. That’s when it hit me…

Chocolate + Peanut Butter = Amazing
Chocolate + Banana = Amazing
Peanut Butter + Banana = Amazing

Therefore:
Chocolate + Peanut Butter + Banana = The Most Amazing Shake Ever

I know I wasn’t the first to come up with that flavor combination, but it was new to me at the time and I thought it was the greatest thing ever. It became my “go-to” milkshake for the next decade or so.

I had that same kind of revelation the other night when we decided to make sloppy joe’s for dinner. Nothing against ground beef and a can of manwich, but we wanted more for our sloppy joes. Here was my thinking…

Turkey + Cheddar = Amazing
Granny Smith Apples + Cheddar = Amazing
Turkey + Granny Smith Apples = Amazing

Therefore:
Turkey + Granny Smith Apples + Cheddar = The Most Amazing Sloppy Joe Ever?

Turkey Apple Sloppy Joes
Serves: 4
Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 1/3 pound ground turkey (1 package)
salt and pepper
1/2 granny smith apple, chopped
8 oz tomato sauce
1 tablespoon worcestershire
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 scallions chopped
4 slices sharp cheddar cheese
4 whole wheat buns

Directions
Heat the olive oil in a large non-stick skillet. Add the ground turkey, season with salt and pepper and cook, breaking up the meat until it is cooked through.

Add the apples and continue cooking for 3-4 minutes.

Stir in the tomato sauce, worcestershire, brown sugar and scallions. Turn the heat down to medium low and simmer for 10 minutes.

Serve on whole wheat buns with a slice of sharp cheddar cheese.

This was a great discovery!!! The apples give the sloppy joes a crisp freshness. It is almost unexpected when you take your first bite, but it is so welcome! We served the sloppy joes with some delicious sweet potato waffle fries.

This is how we are making our turkey slopppy joes from here on out!

What was your greatest food discovery?

13 responses to Turkey Apple Sloppy Joes

  1. I’ve been having a major hankering for sloppy joes lately – these look great! I can also say I’ve never tried that Manwich stuff…and have made it a lifelong goal not too. :)

  2. Too funny! I was at Stella’s YEARS ago w/ my BFF, & she convinced me to split a choc, pb, banana shake w/ her (after I wrinkled my nose up in disgust). OMG! Best shake EVER! That’s all I’ve ordered ever since.

  3. These look AMAZING! It is going on my list of things to make!

  4. What a great combo of flavors, definitely need to give these a try!!

  5. We made these last night and they were AWESOME! I doubled the recipe (my kids are teens!) and added some tomato paste to thicken it up a bit – then served them in PITAS! Super-duper yummy-licious!! Thanks for the recipe… :)

  6. I made these tonight, and they were so easy and delicious! Next time I might throw the apples in a little later, though — can’t get enough of crunchy fall apples lately.

    Oh, and the best part: leftovers for lunch all week!

    Thanks for the recipe!

  7. I knocked these out last weekend and they were outstanding! I took some poor pictures and shared the goodness with my 2 faithful readers :) , but of course I had to give up the link love to you! Thanks so much for the recipe!

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