Sloppy Janes

Is your family a little tired of old Sloppy Joe?  Well how ’bout giving Janes a try?


I made this recipe for the Fun and Fancy Fillo Cup Contest on for August.  The theme was kid friendly/after school snacks.  I think they turned out purty good and they won!

The Fillo Cup gives the Janes a really nice crunch.  Seriously, if you haven’t tried Fillo Cups, you really need to.  They are a whole buck eighty-four for a box of 15 at Walmart and they are great little holders for all of your most delicious bites.

I whipped up a home-made Sloppy Joe filling for these.  I’m betting you don’t realize how easy it is to make your own Sloppy Joe mix.  You probably have all the essentials in your pantry and fridge and what you don’t have, you can sub in something else.  It sure beats the stuff in the can, not that I have anything against a good old can-a-Manwich once in a while.

I also thought a lot about how to do something really different with the cups for this contest and I came up with the idea of coating them in something.  I brushed them with melted, salted butter and rolled them in Panko before baking them for a few minutes in the oven to give them a nice crisp.  Just make sure you don’t bump ’em when you get them out of the oven or all the Panko will fall off and you will drop a curse word-or two.  I don’t know this from experience, I am just theorizing.

The real kicker of this recipe though?  Oh, that’s the cheese sauce.  I garnished the plates with a good old spray of canned cheese.  Yep-did it all fancy-like.  It’s kind of an oxymoron of sorts…aerosol cheese plated like a gourmet garnish.  Genius.  Can I say that about my own stuff?  I say if the shoe fits…mmm..hmm!

Do you notice anything different about the photo of this dish, friends?


Anything out of the ordinary for signature Shauna photos?

I used a GREEN plate.

Shocking I know.

I normally only use white plates to serve and to photograph food because the white just brings out all the wonderful colors without competing with the dish.  But, these little cocktail plates that were a gift from Dawn, just stole my heart.  I love the way they match with the relish on the top of the Janes.   Aren’t they just cute?

I also did a photo in white just because it felt like sacrilege not to.


I do think the white makes the colors pop a little more.  I gotta say, I think white is the only way!

What do YOU think?  Green or white?

Anyway, enough about food photography and my OCD…go make Sloppy Janes!  Oh, and eat them too.  They are even more fun to eat than they are to make!

You can see my recipe here on the contest site, or in the handy printable below.

Here’s to sloppiness!

Sloppy Janes

Yield: 15 cups


  • 15 Mini Fillo Shells
  • 2 Tbs salted butter, melted
  • 1/2 C Panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 small red bell pepper, diced fine
  • 1 tsp dried minced onions
  • 1 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbs steak sauce
  • 3 Tbs Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tbs red wine vinegar
  • 1 8oz cans tomato sauce
  • 2 Tbs tomato paste
  • 2 Tbs dill hotdog relish
  • Can of spray cheese


  1. Using a pastry brush, coat the Fillo shells in the melted butter.
  2. Roll each shell in Panko crumbs.
  3. Place the shells upside down on a cookie sheet and put them under the broiler on low for a couple of minutes until brown. Inverting them will allow them to brown on the outside or the visible part of the shells.
  4. Brown the ground beef in a skillet and add everything except the shells, relish, and cheese.
  5. Allow the mixture to simmer for about ten minutes to reduce the sauce and help the flavors meld.
  6. Fill each Fillo Shell with some of the ground beef mixture.
  7. Top with a dollop of relish.
  8. Garnish plates with some spray cheese and place the shells on top.
  9. The kids will love this warm and hearty after school snack!


***Please note-use just one can of tomato sauce. The recipe on the site calls for two, but I think it was a bit too saucy that way.



  1. This is such a great idea and perfect for parties too. :) I like both plates too..

  2. I am going to have to look for those cups – I love tiny finger food!

  3. The white works better for me.

  4. I think both plates look good! :)

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