gochujang sloppy joes

Gochujang Sloppy Joes

years from now,
i hope i can recall
how it felt when the the world descended into madness.
that sounds dramatic,
doesn’t it?
but that is how i currently feel.
i don’t want to forget:
how my feet hurt from standing in a crowd,
arms raised, holding a sign,
flushed against my beloved
as he held me from behind.
or, how helpless i felt when
i heard about the ban,
sitting under warm blankets on our couch,
watching the news on low volume
as to not disturb my beloved in his slumber.
or, how infuriating and humiliating it felt
to witness 7 men sign documents
dictating a woman’s choices about her body.
never in this lifetime will there
ever come a time when the situation would be reversed.
and as angry as i am,
i would never want to be in that kind of situation.

Gochujang Sloppy Joes

years ago,
when i still lived with my grandparents,
after we immigrated to this country,
(actually, we were refugees. there is a difference),
and they scrounged pennies to pay for my school lunches,
hot lunches that fueled me for the day at just 65¢.
sloppy joes were always a favorite,
that salty-sweet kick,
served with tator tots.
this combination always takes me back,
back to a time when the debate on immigration
was more civilized.

Gochujang Sloppy Joes

Gochujang Sloppy Joes
dw made this up, i don’t know where, it just showed up on the table for dinner.
i also told dw i was going to edit his recipe but it seemed like a lot of work, so this is in his words.
also, he’s dreamy.

In a bowl, combine the following and stir to a thick paste:
1 T honey
½ T brown sugar
2 T Apple cider vinegar
1 t Worcestershire sauce
1 heaping T Gochujang
1 T Dry Ground Mustard
1 t garlic powder
1 t smoked paprika
½ t kosher salt
½ t freshly ground black pepper

Caramelize a half or whole onion, sliced in bite-sized pieces, in a T of olive oil – Set aside
Brown 1 pound ground dark meat turkey
Add 1 diced red bell pepper and simmer until bell pepper is cooked to your liking
Add 16 ounces canned diced tomato with juices
Drain juices from turkey, tomato, and bell pepper to another saucepan and reduce until thick

Add caramelized onion, reduced juices, and seasoning paste to the simmering turkey mixture and simmer until hot, aromatic and delicious

Serve over toast, or on buns.

Gochujang Sloppy Joes

3 years ago: chocolate ginger molasses cookies
2 years ago: brinjal pickle hummus
1 year ago: crock pot baked beans

13 thoughts on “gochujang sloppy joes

  1. Hi Lan! I’m sad too and trying to do what ever I can to help with the Resistance. I’ve enjoyed freedom and opportunities that my sisters before me fought for and now more than ever I am woken. Thank you for your beautiful blog and inspirations. Take care sister!

  2. I’ve been following the news this side of the Pond, and feel angered, upset, and lost as to what is going on the the US (I might have moved to France when I was a child, I was still born there, and still have the right to vote!). Good job going to demonstrations and speaking up for rights that should never be questioned.
    On a more positive note, your sloppy joes sound amazing; I love Korean spices, and this just sounds perfect!

  3. I understand your rage and frustration because I feel it too, and frankly, I’m so glad to see my fellow food bloggers talk about this more because treating food like it’s apolitical is the least helpful thing we can be doing right now. Tim at Lottie and Doof published a great post on making our domiciles “radical spaces for resistance” and you might find some solace and inspiration in there like I did: http://www.lottieanddoof.com/2017/01/throwing-parties-during-the-apocalypse/comment-page-1/#comment-114173

    I’ve been meaning to get some gochujang, and now I want to get some to put into the turkey meatballs we make every few weeks because we use a lot of similar ingredients in those as you do with these sloppy joes.

    1. elizabeth, YES to this. while i completely understand that everyone has a right to write/post whatever they want, i do feel that not acknowledging it is a disservice & not normal.

      gochujang is such a versatile ingredient that i’m only just now playing with, better late than never!

  4. Equally as despaired and disgusted. Add to that watching black fathers, husbands, brothers, nephews and sons….being shot, murdered – legally. My beautiful black men (and women) killed by people and a system we trust to keep us safe.
    The irony right?
    The same irony that has MEN taking issue and creating laws on WOMEN . How much we get paid, what we can do with our bodies.
    Same irony where the president making these decisions and influencing this ‘control’ is MARRIED TO AN IMMIGRANT.
    Some irony, right?

    Keep your chin up beautiful, as we all have to.
    And keep making these beautiful memory inducing, elegantly photographed meals ❤ ❤

  5. I’m committed to catching up. And every time I stop by, twenty questions sprout up, and, meanwhile, you’ve put together something I need to make TODAY. Not to mention my seething jealousy that you know how to cut scallions on the bias.

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