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TURKEY SLOPPY JOE WITH HOMEMADE CHEESE SAUCE

TURKEY SLOPPY JOE WITH HOMEMADE CHEESE SAUCE
We love comfort foods - especially during the cold months. Turkey Sloppy Joes are a healthier twist on the childhood classic. This version is elevated to the next level with an easy homemade cheese sauce. Spinach salad adds color to the plate. Additionally, spinach has essential vitamins and minerals like vitamin E and magnesium that support your immune system. Dress with our delicious, award-wining Lemon Mustard vinaigrette. 

PREP TIME: 15-minutes
COOK TIME: 30-minutes
SERVINGS: 6

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 14.5 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon BACI Kitchen's Champagne vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon BACI Kitchen EVOO
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • sprinkle of cayenne
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 6 hamburger buns

CHEESE SAUCE
:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste


INSTRUCTIONS:

1. In a bowl whisk together tomato sauce, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, granulated garlic, ground mustard, cayenne, brown sugar and salt and pepper.

2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook onions and ground turkey until brown and cooked through.

3. Add tomato mixture to the pan, stir to combined. Bring to a boil. Reduce to medium low and allow to cook 30-minutes, or until sauce reduces and is thick.

4. While the meat mixture is cooking, make the cheese sauce. In a sauce pan over medium heat, melt butter. When butter has melted, whisk in flour. Cook 1 minute. Slowly stir in milk. Stir in cream cheese and shredded cheddar and cook until melted. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

5. Preheat your broiler. Toast the hamburger buns.

6. Scoop the turkey mixture onto the bun, top with cheese sauce. Serve.

SPINACH SALAD

In a medium bowl, add 6-cups of lightly packed baby spinach. Toss with BACI Kitchen's award-winning Lemon Mustard vinaigrette. Divide the spinach evenly among your guests. Serve. 

NOTES: There isn't a lot of fat from ground turkey so I don't strain it. If you need to, feel free. Also, the mixture should not be overly saucy. The meat will be coated in sauce, but it shouldn't be dripping from the spoon. 

WINE PAIRING: The best wines to pair with Turkey Sloppy Joes are: German Riesling, California Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. 


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