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Sloppy Joe’s with Sweet Potato Fries

January 13th, 2010 · 30 Comments

In addition, they make for a perfect Mardi Gras parade-watching treat.

Therefore, today I share with you a few recipes and a little Mardi Gras too. Along with Drick Perry and his Drick’s Rambling Cafe foodie blog site, we are continuing our focus of several Mardi Gras related blog posts in the forthcoming weeks and leading up to the famous “Fat Tuesday” event. His blog is focused on the Mobile, AL Mardi Gras traditions and mine is on the New Orleans, LA side of the coin.

Sloppy Joe with Sweet Potato Fries These are recipes that Monique has made for years, over nine years in fact, and is another one from the Weight Watchers magazine “Six O’Clock Solutions”, and found on page 13. It also is served with a side of Sweet Potato Sticks, a recipe found in the same book on page 68. These hearty and tasty sandwiches are wonderful and the homemade barbecue sauce that binds the ground meat with the onions and peppers is fantastic. This sauce base has become the inspiration for a special barbecue sauce that I am still perfecting for possible en mass bottling in the near future. With the side of sweet potato fries, this is another 2-for-1 recipe special today. These two menu items adapted from the WW cookbook combine for a total of 411 calories, perfect for our 400 calorie per meal diet plan.

We sit together as a family for dinner just about every evening and when Ben finished his meal before Monique and I even seem to get started we knew it was “goooood”! Ben is our litmus test for all things that are tasty and I can assure you that your kids will love this sandwich and oven baked fries every time.

The Krewe of Thoth

Krewe of Thoth Parade Route, Feb. 14, 2010If you have the fortune to live in a neighborhood on or near a Mardi Gras parade route then you know how much fun it is to host a party from your house and watch a parade from your front porch. I had that fortune many years ago when living on Henry Clay Avenue in Uptown New Orleans to see the Krewe of Thoth line up on the Sunday morning before Mardi Gras day in front of our porch steps. This year the parade is scheduled to roll on Sunday, February 14, 2010 at noon.

Parade route image and following text excerpted and provided by Mardi Gras Parade

The Krewe of Thoth was founded in 1947, has a membership of 1,200, and is named after the Egyptian god of wisdom. He is the inventor of science, art, and letters. The body of a man and the head of an ibis traditionally represent the god Thoth. His mythological counterparts were the Greek Hermes and the Roman Mercury.

The Krewe of Thoth was organized in 1947 in the uptown neighborhood. It presented its first ball and five-float parade with 50 members the next year. Because it designs its parade route to pass in front of 14 institutions that care for persons with disabilities and illnesses, the men of Thoth have become known as the “Krewe of the Shut Ins”.

The official website for the Krewe of Thoth is The website features a greeting from the Captain, a history of the Krewe, a route map, and a photo gallery of past parades and balls.

On to the recipes, and here is a preparation suggestion for the seamless orchestration of this meal!

TIP: When preparing both of these recipes together prep the sweet potato sticks first and have them ready to go on the sheet pan, but wait to put them into the oven. Then preheat the oven to 425° F, and start the prep on the onions, green bell peppers, and the sauce for the Sloppy Joe recipe. Put the sweet potatoes in the oven when ready and start browning the beef, onions, and peppers in step 1 of the Sloppy Joe recipe. This should ensure that the sweet potato fries are ready when the beef mixture is ready to go. This helps with not having to wait around for one or the other recipes to finish.

Sloppy Joe’s

Yield: 8 servings.

1 ½ Lb. Ground round beef
1 Cup Onions, chopped
½ Cup Green bell pepper, chopped
1 Can Tomato sauce, ( 8-ounce)
1 Cup Ketchup
1 Tbsp Dark brown sugar
1 ½ Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 ½ Tbsp Lemon juice
1 ½ Tbsp Yellow mustard
½ Tsp Garlic powder
¼ Tsp Black pepper
8 Each Whole wheat hamburger buns
Cooking spray
Procedure Steps
1. Draining in the colanderBrowning the beef, onions, and peppersCoat a nonstick sauté pan with cooking spray and heat over a medium-high burner until hot. Add the beef, onion, and bell pepper, and cook until beef is completely browned and no pink remains. Stir often to crumble the beef. Drain in a colander and set aside. Use a paper towel to wipe the sauté pan clean.
2. Combining the sauce ingredientsWhile the beef mixture is browning in a separate bowl, combine the tomato sauce, ketchup, dark brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, yellow mustard, garlic powder, and the black pepper. Then pour this liquid mixture into the sauté pan.
3. Putting it all togetherTurn heat to a medium high and then add the drained beef back to the sauté pan with the sauce ingredients. Heat through for 10 minutes on a medium-low heat setting, stirring periodically.
4. Spoon the beef mixture evenly over the bottom halves of the whole-wheat buns then cover with the top halves of the buns. Serve with pickles and the sweet potato fries.

Sweet Potato Fries

Yield: 8 servings.

4 Medium Sweet potatoes, or 2 pounds, peeled
1 Tbsp Olive oil, extra virgin
½ Cup Parmesan cheese, grated
Cooking spray
Procedure Steps      Note: Preheat oven to 425° F.
1. Cutting the sweet potato sticksCut potatoes lengthwise into ½-inch-thick slices. Cut slices into ¼-inch-wide strips.
2. Toss the sticks with olive oil and cheesePlace the strips in a large bowl and drizzle with the olive oil, tossing them to ensure even spread of the oil on all pieces.
3. Sweet potato sticks on the sheet panAdd the cheese and toss again to ensure even coating. Then transfer the potato sticks to a coated cookie baking sheet in one even layer.
4. Bake in the preheated 425° F oven for 35 minutes or until crisp and slightly browned. Turn the fries over every 10 minutes or so to assist in even cooking. Serve with the Sloppy Joe’s.

According to the Weight Watchers recipes the nutritional values for each:

Sloppy Joe’s: Calories 272, Protein 22.1g, Fat 6.7g, Carbohydrates 30g, Fiber 2.9g, Cholesterol 54mg, Iron 3.2mg, Sodium 673mg, Calcium 43mg.

Sweet Potato Fries: Calories 139, Protein 3.1g, Fat 3.1g, Carbohydrates 25.1g, Fiber 3.1g, Cholesterol 3mg, Iron 0.7mg, Sodium 75mg, Calcium 71mg.

Tags: Culture · Mardi Gras · Recipes · sandwich · Weight Watchers

30 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Emily // Jan 13, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    I’d say that is one heck of an awesome meal you’ve got going on there.

    Yum :o)

  • 2 Shari aka The Saucy Gourmet // Jan 13, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    I LOVE sweet potato fries! and I can’t wait to try your sauce for the sloppy joes.

  • 3 Jessie // Jan 13, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    I love the sauce you used for the sloppy joes it sounds really flavorful

  • 4 averagebetty // Jan 13, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    This looks just like my Mom’s recipe… haven’t had a sloppy joe in years!

  • 5 EV Eats // Jan 13, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    I’ve always had trouble making french fries. Never tried to bake them (always deep fried), I have to give this a try. Great recipe Ryan!

  • 6 Janice // Jan 13, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    looks great, I haven’t had Sloppy Joe’s in a while. Thanks for sharing the recipe

  • 7 Dana // Jan 13, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    Hmmm! I’m on a diet so I can see this yummy food!

  • 8 Beth // Jan 13, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    I haven’t had these in years. This recipe looks great.

  • 9 Trix // Jan 13, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    How cool you got to see that from your front porch!!! Plus – yum sweet potato fries!!

  • 10 Waiting Around // Jan 13, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    OMG, I need to eat some right now!

  • 11 Drick // Jan 13, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    Oh yeah, love Joes for Mardi Gras eating, especially day parades. Your fries are killer looking and the two are a great combination. Can’t wait to see your next one…

  • 12 pegasuslegend // Jan 13, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    I have been dying to try those fries! Now you ‘ve given me a reason…boy those look good thanks!

  • 13 Bibiana Bailey // Jan 13, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    I love Sweet Potato Fries I just can’t make them at home the way they make them in the restaurant. Don’t know why.

  • 14 Ashley Mem // Jan 13, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    Looks delicious. My favorite recipe of the day. Hummm…wonder how this recipe would taste in crepes??

  • 15 Kristi Rimkus // Jan 13, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    This whole meal looks satisfying and delicious!

  • 16 MaryMoh // Jan 14, 2010 at 4:01 am

    That’s a fabulous meal. I love the sweet potatoes there, colourful and delicious.

  • 17 penny aka jeroxie // Jan 14, 2010 at 7:36 am

    I have not had sweet potatoes fries for the longest time ever. Thanks for reminding me 🙂

  • 18 Divina // Jan 14, 2010 at 10:27 am

    The sloppy joe looks amazing along with the fried. Very satisfying.

  • 19 sweetlife // Jan 14, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    Great kid friendly recipe, thanks

  • 20 Alta // Jan 14, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    Sloppy Joes are always a hit at our house. Yum!

  • 21 Vegetable Matter // Jan 14, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    Love Sweet Potato fries, but have never tried them with parmesan. Sounds like a great combo!

  • 22 Natasha - 5 Star Foodie // Jan 14, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Fabulous sloppy joes; they sound so good with sweet potato fries, yum!

  • 23 Conor @ HoldtheBeef // Jan 15, 2010 at 6:03 am

    You’ve managed to create a non-low-calorie-looking meal here, I like your work 🙂

  • 24 redkathy // Jan 15, 2010 at 8:34 am

    Sloppy Joes, I forgot all about those it’s been so long. Great idea and wonderful history, thanks!

  • 25 pegasuslegend // Jan 15, 2010 at 9:09 am

    I can’t beleive how great these looked baked! I thought they were fried until I reread this!!!! awesome 🙂

  • 26 Ryan Boudreaux // Jan 15, 2010 at 10:10 am

    Thanks folks for all the wonderful interaction and comments.


  • 27 Casey Angelova // Jan 19, 2010 at 2:51 am

    Your food makes me want to travel to N’Awlins!

  • 28 Donalyn // Jan 19, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    Looking really good there Ryan!

  • 29 Cheah // Jan 22, 2010 at 4:51 am

    Never tried sweet potato fries before. Must be good!

  • 30 Lauren // Mar 7, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    I’ve never had sloppy joes before but this sounds wonderful, so many great flavours!