This is a recipe for Asian Sloppy Joes. Next time you're in the mood for Sloppy Joes, think outside the box and try this Asian version. Hoisin, lime juice and Chili Sauce are just the beginning of a great lineup of flavors. Easy fixings for your next party crowd.
3tablespoonssambal oelek or other Asian chile sauceI used chile sauce
2 1/2tablespoonsminced garlic
1tablespoonminced fresh ginger
Freshly ground pepper
1poundground chicken thighs
1cupdrained canned diced tomatoes
1/4cupfresh lime juice
20brioche dinner rollssplit and toasted
Shredded iceberg lettuce and spicy picklesoptional, for serving
In a large, deep skillet, heat the canola oil until shimmering. Add the onions, celery, chile sauce, garlic, ginger and a generous pinch each of salt and pepper and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are softened, about 8 minutes.
Add the ground chicken and pork and cook, stirring occasionally to break up the meat, until no pink remains, about 5 minutes. Stir in the hoisin, tomatoes and lime juice and bring to a boil. Simmer over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
Spoon about 1/4 cup of the sloppy joe filling on the bottom half of each roll. Top with shredded lettuce and pickles and serve.
MAKE AHEAD The sloppy joe filling can be refrigerated for up to 3 days. Reheat gently before serving.