I've never really understood Sloppy Joes - a burger with a mound of minced beef in tomato sauce? Yes, I know it's called 'sloppy' for a reason, but are you supposed to be able to pick it up and eat like an actual burger? Or do you use a knife and fork to cut pieces of bun to scoop up the beefy slop?
Quite simply, I thought that spooning the mince filling into a grilled pitta pocket would create a nice sturdy base to eat it. But you know what?
It's still a mess to eat! With pitta bread being rather thin, it's not strong enough to hold all that meaty filling. Grilling the pitta a bit longer than usual to make it stronger does not seem to do the trick either - the sauce still weakens the bread and makes it flimsier!
Then when you pick it up, the filling starts to slop out at the sides and there's nothing you can do about it - you just have to go with it. I probably tried to pack too much filling into the pitta as well to be honest.
So get yourself some napkins, because you will make a mess.
300g lean beef mince
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp paprika
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tbsp honey
100g red onion, chopped
150g can of chopped tomatoes
3 fresh tomatoes, chopped
1 tbsp tomato puree
6 wholemeal pitta breads
1) Mix the soy sauce, paprika, oil and honey in a bowl with the mince. Leave to marinate for at least 15 minutes.
2) Fry the onions for a minute, then add the marinated mince to brown.
3) Add all the tomatoes, puree and butterbeans, then turn down to simmer for about 10 minutes until nice and hot.
4) Slice the pitta breads lengthways to create an opening. Pop in the toaster or grill for a minute on each side.
5) Carefully spoon the beef mixture into the pitta pockets and serve with salad.
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