Friday, October 29, 2010

sloppy joe pie

I started out following a recipe I saw in some of my old Pillsbury magazines.  I was looking for something cute and halloweeny.  It was titled sloppy joe pie, so I had in my head sloppy joes.  It called for turkey sausage, so I had Brandon make some chicken sausage (recipe to follow.)  As I was cooking this up, I decided the kids were going to think it was too spicy.  It had sausage, green chilis, salsa, onion, and chili sauce.  I didn't really feel like spicy, I thought sloppy joe sounded better, so I ended up just making something up.  It turned out OK.  Would have been way better with just plain ground beef or turkey rather than sausage.  I wasn't a fan of the fennel flavor of the sausage combined with the sloppy joe flavor of the Mamwich I threw in there.  (Yes, we made home made sausage and then I threw in a can of Mamwich.  Don't judge me, I was making it up at the last minute, and I actually like mamwich better than the few homemade sloppy joe recipes I've tried.)


  • 1 lb. chicken sausage (I'd use ground beef or turkey next time though
  • 1 refrigerated pie crust, softened
  • 1 can mamwhich
  • 1 cup frozen corn (I didn't measure this - may have been a bit more - about 1/2 the small bag)
  • 1 can black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup diced onion (or 1 Tablespoon minced dried)
  1. Heat oven to 450.  Remove pie crust from pouch.  Unfold crust.  Place on ungreased cookie sheet.  With a sharp knife, cut jack-o-lantern face from the crust.  Use the eye, nose and mouth scraps to make a stem, leaves, and tendrils.  Pinch in place (can also use a bit of water.)  Bake at 450 for 9-11 minutes or until golden brown (mine took all 11.)  (In my other cookbook with the same recipe, they made an orange egg wash to brush on, but I didn't feel like doing that. 
  2. Meanwhile, crumble sausage into a large non-stick skillet.  Add onion;  Cook 8-10 minutes unilt no longer pink.  Add all remaining ingredients and mix well.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for a few minutes to heat through and combine flavors, but not too long so it doesn't dry out.
  3. Place pie crust on top of sloppy joe mix to serve.

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