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 phyllo.com 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!