Menu Close

Hey Sloppy Joe (Where Ya Goin’ With That Bun In Your Hand)

turkey sloppy joe mushrooms peppers onions cashew whiz fried egg
“I’m goin’ way down south (Hey, Joe) way down where I can be free!”

Inspired by Charlotte Gainsbourg “Hey Joe” from Hey Joe
Listen on Spotify
Listen on YouTube

Listen to the More Recipes About Music & Food Spotify Playlist

Like “California Dreamin'”, I am a fan of Hendrix’s original for “Hey Joe”, but prefer some of the covers over the original. In researching the specific inspiration nod for this recipe, I found a brilliant soulful Wilson Pickett cover that is heartbreaking. There’s the bombastic organ-driven Deep Purple cover that is so very Deep Purple. Popa Chubby goes for the faux Hendrix white boy blues vibe. Even The Offspring take a swing with their trademark Party Bro Pop Punk sound. Ultimately, I went with this creepy as hell Charlotte Gainsbourg version. Whisper sung with dirge-like instrumentation, it distills the lover’s rage of the original into a kind of grindhouse horror soundtrack. Perfect for eating a sandwich in the dark on a stormy night. 

I’m actually shocked I did not think of this recipe name prior to about a week ago. It’s possibly one of the worst music food puns to date and definitely the longest. It also would fit basically any type of sloppy joe. This just happens to be ground turkey because I’m trying to reduce my red meat consumption. Ground turkey’s inherent lack of any real flavor, as opposed to ground beef, makes it a perfect canvas for the sauciness of a sloppy joe. The mushroom adds volume and a meatiness to the dish.

The sloppy joe of my youth was Manwich with yellow mustard and pickle chips on a hamburger bun. This adult version has some nods to that childhood sandwich but only barely. I’ve kept the yellow mustard because I honestly believe it’s the best mustard on a sandwich. Those store-bought pickle chips got swapped for homemade pickled red cabbage to add crunch and acid. 

Then I went WAY off the childhood rails. I have recently been deep diving into vegan cooking. One of my new obsessions is cashew whiz. It’s a sauce made with raw cashews and nutritional yeast that has a vague resemblance to a cheese sauce. I’m not interested in it as a cheese substitute, I just dig it for the kind of creamy flavor punch it adds to dishes. Definitely easier to whip up than a cheese sauce and the recipe below is a perfect base to add flavor variations especially nacho whiz. I know it’s a bit odd to put vegan sauce on a turkey sloppy joe, but the heart wants what it wants.

Finally, and this was for no other reason than I could, I finished with a fried egg. I am firmly camp Sunny Side Up. I love a bright yellow runny yolk. I also want a crispy brown bottom on the whites. If there are a few egg crispies around the edge, it’s perfection to me. It makes for an almost impossible “pick it up to eat it” experience but what a glorious delicious mess it becomes.

HEY SLOPPY JOE (WHERE YOU GOIN’ WITH THAT BUN IN YOUR HAND?)
Turkey sloppy joe, red pepper, poblano, jalapeno, onions, yellow mustard, cashew whiz, pickled red cabbage & a fried egg on a bulkie roll
Makes 6 – 8 sandwiches

Turkey Sloppy Joe (recipe below)
Pickled Red Cabbage (recipe below)
Cashew Whiz (recipe below)
Yellow mustard
Fried egg
Bulkie roll (or Kaiser or brioche or a couple of slices of hearty bread – something that will stand up to the sauciness)

Toast your chosen bread. Place some mustard on the bottom and top buns. Spoon the sloppy joe onto the bottom bun. Drizzle on cashew whiz. Top with pickled cabbage. Finish with a sunny side up fried egg. Grab a ton of napkins and enjoy!

TURKEY SLOPPY JOE
For the sauce
1 1/4 cups crushed tomatoes
1/4 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon Worcestershire
1 tablespoon yellow mustard
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/4 cup water
3 tablespoon cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/8 teaspoon cayenne
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

For the meat & veg
1 pound ground turkey
8-ounces cremini mushroom, diced
1 red pepper, sliced thin in matchsticks
1 poblano, sliced thin in matchsticks
1 sweet onion, diced medium
2 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil

To make the sauce
Place all of the sauce ingredients in a saucepan. Whisk to thoroughly combine. Bring to a boil – reduce heat – gently simmer while prepping meat and vegetables.

Prepare the meat and vegetables
In a large skillet, heat the oil until shimmering. Add the onion and cook until translucent. Add red pepper and poblano continue to saute until peppers are tender. Add the mushrooms. Saute mushrooms until tender and releasing their juices. Add the ground turkey and cook until there is no visible pink meat.

Add the sauce to the skillet and stir thoroughly. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer. Cover the skillet, leaving the lid slightly ajar for steam to escape, and simmer until thick and saucy.

PICKLED RED CABBAGE
1/2 medium head of red cabbage, sliced thin
1 red onion, sliced thin
1 cup of water
1 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons kosher salt
2 teaspoons mustard seeds

Place cabbage and onion in a large bowl and toss to combine. Put water, cider vinegar, sugar, salt, and mustard seeds in a heavy bottom pan. Bring to a boil until sugar dissolves. Pour boiling brine over cabbage and onion and stir to coat. Cover and let sit on the counter for two hours. Store in an airtight container or jar in the refrigerator.

CASHEW WHIZ
1 cup Cashew Nuts, raw
2 tablespoon Nutritional Yeast
1 clove Garlic, crushed
1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2/3 cups Water

Add the cashew nuts, nutritional yeast, crushed garlic and lemon juice to the blender jug. Add sea salt and black pepper. Measure out the water and add it in. Blend until very smooth and creamy.

For a thicker cheese, use less water. For a thinner salad dressing consistency, use a little more water.

 

Posted in bushwick, cashew whiz, comfort food, cooking, food, foodmusic, music, musicfood, put an egg on it, recipe, sandwich, ugly delicious

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.