Kind of a Sloppy Joe without tomatoes (or slop). I can't claim credit for this one; it's from recipezaar, but with my modifications. One of our absolute favorites! Use a cast iron skillet if you have one; it makes for a wonderful flavor, even though it's a little more work to clean. This makes about 4 to 6 sandwiches, depending on the size buns you get. Warning: my husband and I regularly eat this in one sitting, alone, when I make the whole recipe, so make sure you make enough!
- 1 lb. ground chuck (you can use other ground beef, but if it's lower in fat, make sure to add about 1 Tbsp. fat [oil, lard, shortening] to skillet and heat before browning beef)
- enough salt to just cover bottom of skillet
- 1 onion, chopped very small
- 1 Tbsp. prepared mustard (I use Gulden's brown spicy)
- 1 Tbsp. vinegar (white is best)
- 1 Tbsp. sugar
- hamburger buns
- prepared mustard
- dill pickle slices
- Heat cast iron skillet over medium-high heat (remember to preheat stove if using electric) or other skillet (but cast iron is best).
- Sprinkle salt in to just cover the bottom.
- Brown beef in skillet. As it's browning, break it up into little tiny crumbles with a spoon. As beef begins to brown, add onions and continue to cook until thoroughly browned.
- Add sugar, mustard, and vinegar. Mix.
- Add just enough water to almost cover the beef. (Don't add too much or it will take forever to cook and you'll have to re-season your skillet, besides.)
- Reduce heat and cook at a simmer until water is gone (about 15-20 minutes).
- Steam, toast, or microwave buns to heat.
- Spread a bit of mustard on each side of the bun.
- Spoon meat mixture onto buns, top with dill pickle slices, and serve!
This recipe was submitted by ketchupqueen on January 29, 2005.