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Bravo, Pillsbury Doughboy. Bravo. Your implacable campaign of Unsloppy Joes  on the tele was super effective. Convinced that my meals have been lacking a certain je ne sais quoi, I’m determined to make dinner “pop” for a change. This is my story.

My production line.

So wow. Much clandestine.

CliffsNotes Recipe:

1. Cook sloppy joe meat – Brown ground turkey meat, drain, and mix with Manwich bold sauce. All Manwich sauce should be bold and manly!

2. Flatten out biscuit dough with a rolling pin or a bottle of your best pinot noir.

[Side note: Is there anything more tense than opening up a can of biscuit dough? It’s like watching a twisted version of Saw and the Pillsbury Doughboy is playing the role of Jigsaw.]

3. Put a spoonful of sloppy joe meat and a scoop of shredded cheese of your choice on a biscuit round.

4. Fold the biscuit round to enclose the filling, making a little pocket, and crimp the edges with a fork to make it look purdy.

Here’s where I did a little experimenting. Since I had no eggs and no baking knowledge whatsoever, I sealed some of the biscuits w/ olive oil, some w/ water, and some w/ melted butter.

5. Bake in a 375 degree pre-heated oven for 14 minutes or so, and voila! Oddly-shaped mutant empanadas! The sealant experiment didn’t matter, as most of the biscuits exploded open like skinny jeans after a buffet.

Heroes in a half-shell. 'Panada power.

Heroes in a half-shell. ‘Panada power!

All that & a side of slaw.

All that & a side of slaw.

Overall, this was an easy-peasy “semi-homemade” recipe, worthy of a Sandra Lee hair twirl or two. It could be that these unsloppy joes are made with buttermilk biscuits, but somehow these meat pockets exceeded my expectations. I think of them as an alternate, lunch lady land version of an empanada.

They’re extremely compact too, which make them perfect for multitasking on TPS reports, one-hand clapping to congratulate yourself on a poppin’ dinner, or…dare I say…homework! What in the…these unsloppy joes really ARE perfect for a school night!


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by Bananaketchup


Sloppy Joes and tater tots. Not really gourmet-level cooking, but more like a single guy’s desperate scramble for instant sustenance on a lonely Tuesday night.

Step 1: Brown ground beef in a skillet.
Step 2: Add canned Manwich sauce.
Step 3: Throw the mixture onto a toasted bun.
Step 4: Pair with some frozen tots that were tossed in the oven for a few minutes.
Step 5: Enjoy eating while watching reruns of Saved by the Bell.


Sometimes certain foods that we haven’t eaten in over a decade don’t quite taste as good as we remember. In this case of semi-homemade cooking, the end result is a surprisingly tasty sloppy joe sandwich and tots combo that even Sandra Lee would be proud of.

Beneath the surface of the zesty robustness: Nostalgia. There was something so wholesome regressing into a child-like state of simplicity. Plastic trays, chocolate milk boxes, lunch ladies with clichéd facial moles and standard regulation hairnets, multipurpose rooms filled with good friends and silly conversations…For a brief moment, I felt genuinely happy; raw and unaware of all of the B.S. dramas that seem to punctuate life as a grown-up. Without knowing, my quickie dinner had become comfort food at its finest, taking me on an impromptu visit to lunch lady land that I honestly didn’t mind at all.

Beefaroni, Lunchables, Handi-snacks, twinkies…what nostalgic foods do you remember eating as a kid remind you of your childhood?

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