I had been thinking about Sloppy Joes (which happens sometimes… or it might be milk shakes, fish tacos, or other food items that I just get a craving for.)
Not only did I want a Sloppy Joe, I wanted a Goat Sloppy Joe. So what did I do? I headed down to the Union Square Greenmarket on a Saturday and found the exact ingredient I was seeking.
I have tried a few Sloppy Joe recipes in the past and am never quite satisfied. Some call for brown sugar which adds a sweetness that isn’t my favorite. Some call for ketchup and while I’m not opposed, I wasn’t in the mood for it.
I ended up modifying a recipe from the Martha Stewart site which came out really well. I used stewed tomatoes in place of tomato sauce and added a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar towards the end which added some acidity and tanginess that balanced out the dish. In place of a sweetener, I decided to use King’s Hawaiian Sweet Rolls. This last step made the dish.
I recall these rolls from picnics growing up. They were a great roll for any bbq dish, ham sandwich or just as a snack. I haven’t had one in years but found them in my local grocery store and picked up a package.
Included below is my recipe for Goat Sloppy Joes on Hawaiian Sweet Rolls. Try them out on your friends the next time they come over for a party.
1 lb ground goat
15 oz can whole stewed tomatoes (and then broken apart with a spoon or by hand)
1/2 cup diced celery
1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
1/2 cup diced yellow onion
2 garlic cloves – finely diced
1 tbsp diced chili (anaheim) – optional
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 package Hawaiian sweet rolls
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt and pepper
Drizzle a saute pan over medium heat with extra virgin olive oil. Add diced onion, bell pepper, celery, chili pepper (optional) and cook for 5-7 minutes. Add garlic and cook for additional 1-2 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Add ground goat and with a spoon break into pieces as it cooks. Brown goat for 3-5 minutes. Add a little salt and pepper to taste.
Add crushed stewed tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, apple cider vinegar. Simmer for approximately 15-20 minutes (uncovered) until goat is cook through and tender and mixture has slightly thickened.
Remove from heat and serve on sweet Hawaiian rolls.