My lovely oldest daughter recently graduated from college and just got a temporary job for which she’d been hoping. She’ll be teaching English in Taiwan. She’ll be gone for an entire year and while I will miss her like crazy, I’m so proud of her for taking risks and trying new things.
So, what does that have to do with food? When your daughter is going away for a year to a different country, you make her as many of her favorites as you can possibly think of before she goes.
My girl is NOT a fussy eater. In fact, her friends kid her that she’d eat octopus out of a dumpster. She’s really adventurous, but when it comes to comfort food, she’s like anyone else, she wants warm and heavy foods, but with a twist. While most kids remember growing up on Manwichs or Sloppy Joes, she always preferred a thing we like to call Sloppy Giuseppes.
These are very close to Sloppy Joes except you add Italian Sausage. Best of all, you can make it in the Slow Cooker.
- 1 lb bulk Italian Sausage
- 1/2 lb ground beef
- 1 c. chopped onion
- 1-15 oz tomato sauce
- 1-15 oz can diced tomatoes
- 1 small can mushrooms, (as you see from my picture, I used fresh, but either works)
- 1 small can chopped ripe olives
- 4 t. tapioca
- 1 t. sugar
- 1 t. oregano
- 1 clove minced garlic
- Pepper and salt to taste
- Cheese of choice, I prefer Provolone
Brown meats with onion in skillet. Drain. Add to slow cooker with all ingredients, EXCEPT cheese and rolls. Cook on low heat 8-10 hours. Serve hot on rolls with cheese. Leftovers freeze very well.
Make these at home, when you want something easy, but still comforting and maybe they will become a family favorite in your home too!