Homemade Sloppy Joes with Chaffles Recipe
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It’s interesting what foods we take for granted. For example, my dad’s entire family lives in the Netherlands. They have sooooo many fantastic foods there, and so many cheeses and chocolates that I hope my husband will bring back when he visits. Yet one of the things my Dutch family enjoys, that they cannot get unless they are in the States, is Manwich. Manwich is essentially a seasoned tomato sauce that you add to ground beef to make a Sloppy Joe…and yes, true to it’s name, it should be sloppy.
Recently, my oldest son expressed that he wanted “that sandwich that is hard to eat.” Since I did not have any cans of Manwich in the pantry, I went to my trusty Pinterest app and found numerous recipes. The one I chose was excellent. The only change I made was that I doubled the amount of Worcestershire sauce to give it a heartier flavor. Speaking of Worcestershire sauce, what the heck is it and why won’t my auto-correct ever give me the accurate spelling? Thank goodness for Google.
Regardless, my kids loved it and it was something that my husband enjoyed as well. The kids ate it on a hamburger bun, which is the traditional way to eat it. For me and my husband, I made a chaffle made of cheese and egg, then put the sloppy joe mixture on top. It was very tasty! The best part was knowing exactly what it was made of, without the preservatives. Now if only I could send it to my family in the Netherlands to see what they think…
Here is the recipe for Sloppy Joes, found on Pinterest. I topped mine with green onions because…well, why not?
For anyone interested in using a chaffle instead of a hamburger bun, it’s very easy (FYI, cheese + waffle = low carb chaffle). The hardest part is waiting for the waffle/chaffle maker to heat up. Also, I recommend making extras because my kids wanted to try them as well! Right now, the Dash Mini Waffle Maker is a very popular product. The problem? It only makes a single chaffle and one day my boys ate 4 each, plus I needed more for the meal I was planning – I was literally making these for an hour and half! That same day, I ordered a waffle maker that would make four square ones. Sometimes I make the square chaffles; other days, I like to pour the batter in the middle so I have smaller pieces, yet they still divide into four portions. I have been making these in all types of flavors, but that’s for another post….
- 1 Egg, Beaten
- 1/4 Cup Mozzarella Cheese, Shredded
- 1/4 Tsp Garlic Powder – Optional
- 1/4 Tsp Salt – Optional
- Heat your waffle/chaffle maker according to the product instructions.
- In a small bowl, beat one egg and add in cheese and seasonings. Stir. Consistency should be thicker. If too liquidy, the egg will run in all different directions in the waffle/chaffle maker. You can add more cheese or even almond flour (1-2 Tbsp).
- Pour batter into the middle of the waffle/chaffle maker and close the lid.
- Let chaffle cook until the steam stops, usually about 4-8 minutes depending on your ingredients and the waffle/chaffle maker.
- Remove from the waffle/chaffle maker and serve alone or with toppings.