So here’s how I’m spending my night.. Garden State, Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes, and a glass of wine. I was raised in New Jersey and lived right outside Philadelphia for a couple years (college and after), so this was a nice little taste of home.
If you haven’t seen Garden State before, do yourself a favor.. watch it. When this movie came out (my senior year of high school), I saw it in the theater more than once, played the soundtrack over and over and over, and eventually hung the movie poster in my dorm room freshman year. Can you tell I was obsessed with this movie? (One of my college admission essays even centered around a quote from it.)
Mike had never seen it before, and I’ve been dying for him to watch it for awhile. Last night when he asked if Sheldon (Big Bang Theory) had ever been in anything else, I grabbed my chance! Jim Parsons may have a small role in Garden State, but it’s a good one.
In addition to watching one of my favorite movies, I tried out a new recipe from A Taste of Home Cooking (found on Pinterest, of course) tonight, and it was a hit.. definitely a keeper. Let me share the recipe, with my tweaks, with you
Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 green pepper, chopped
- 2 tablespoons A-1 steak sauce
- 3/4 cup beef broth
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Rolls (we used sandwich rolls from Publix bakery, but any kind of roll will work.. even hamburger buns)
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon flour
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup provolone (we used slices of provolone and just ripped it into smaller pieces)
- Brown the ground beef in a large skillet. Add the green pepper and cook until the pepper pieces start to get tender (3-4 minutes). Add the steak sauce and beef broth, and season with salt and pepper. Mix well. Bring to a boil, and cook for about 2 minutes.
- While the meat is cooking, melt the butter in a sauce pan over medium-high heat. Stir in the flour; cook for about 1 minute. Whisk in milk, bring up to a bubble and let thicken (about 2 minutes). Turn off heat and stir in the cheese.
- To serve: scoop ground beef mixture onto the rolls and top with cheese sauce. (If you don’t want to make the cheese sauce, it would taste just as good with slices of provolone cheese – put those on the roll first, though, and top with ground beef mixture. That’ll help melt the cheese.)