When I passed through the bakery at my grocery store yesterday, I couldn’t pass up these brightly colored orange hamburger rolls for Halloween. I decided to make sloppy goblins with the orange rolls, instead of traditional sloppy joes. I used lean ground turkey to make them instead of ground beef, but you can use either or. This sloppy joe recipe is just an easy homemade recipe with added vegetables, but if you are in a hurry, you can use the pre-made sauce. I used curly parsley for the hair on the goblin on the left, red peppers cut in wide v shapes for eyebrows, stuffed green olive slices for eyes, an olive for a nose, a banana pepper ring for a mouth, and carrot sticks for arms. For the goblin on the right I used black olives with red pepper triangles for the eyes, pretzel sticks for hair, an olive for the nose, a piece of green pepper cut in the shape of a mouth and two olives for arms. I used toothpicks to help hold them on, and helped my son remove them when he was eating the sandwiches. He was so excited about the goblin faces, he ate all the olives and vegetables that I made these faces with, and then wasn’t even hungry enough to eat the actual sandwich.
Sloppy Goblins Recipe
2 lbs lean ground beef or turkey
1 medium onion, diced
1 green pepper, diced
2 medium carrots, diced very fine
1 clove garlic, diced
1 can tomato paste
2 teaspoons steak seasoning
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon honey
1 cup water
kosher salt – but only if your steak seasoning is salt free
Hamburger buns – plain or brightly colored will look equally cute
Spanish Queen Pimento stuffed olives
Jumbo Black Olives
a red pepper
a green pepper
banana pepper rings
1. Preheat large skillet. Drizzle with olive oil. Add ground meat to skillet. Add onions, bell pepper, carrot and garlic. Cook until meat has browned. Add tomato paste, seasonings, Worcestershire sauce, honey and water. Add salt to taste if your steak seasoning is salt free.
2. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 15 – 20 minutes, or until very thick.
3. Assemble goblin faces as shown in photo. It is a little hard to see in the picture, but I used curly parsley for the hair on the goblin on the left. I used a paring knife to cut the veggies, and also used it to poke holes in the bread for the parsley and pretzel sticks. I used toothpicks to hold some of the face pieces on the bread.