SWEET ITALIAN SAUSAGE SLOPPY JOE WRAPS

Here's a twist on an old childhood favourite! Instead of using ground beef or turkey, I used sweet Italian sausage. The smokey sweet flavour from the meat blended perfectly with the other ingredients in the recipe. It almost tasted like barbecued meat, which always gets a thumbs up in my book any day. Although you could always sandwich the sloppy joe meat in between hamburger buns, I thought it would be a fun twist to wrap them up. I baked them in the oven for 5-7 minutes to help seal together the wrap and to help melt the cheese. This turned out to be a real winner!

Serves 4

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Baking time: 5-7 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 lb sweet Italian sausage, out of their casings
  • 1-1/2 tsp fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 portabello mushroom, sliced thin
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • coarse salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 4-5 large tortillas
  • shredded mozzarella cheese
  • red cabbage, thinly sliced
1. In a large heavy bottom skillet, drizzle 1 tbsp of olive oil and add in the chopped onion and minced garlic. Saute for 2 minutes on medium heat, then add in the sweet Italian sausage and the fresh rosemary. Cook for about 5-8 minutes, then drain a bit of the fat if any.

2. Stir in the diced bell peppers, and the sliced portabello mushroom. After a minute, stir in the ketchup, chili powder, salt, pepper, and chopped fresh parsley. Cook for a good 5 minutes or until the sauce starts to thicken. Then turn the heat off and let it cool for about 15-20 minutes.

3. Preheat the oven to 425 F. Take the tortillas and start to assemble the wraps. First spoon in the sloppy joe mixture, then add in the shredded mozzarella and then the sliced cabbage. Once you have wrapped the tortillas, place each wrap onto a foil-lined baking sheet seam side down. Bake it in the oven for about 5-7 minutes. Slice the wraps in half and serve immediately.


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