Italian Sloppy Joes with Fritz Zinfandel

A featured Wine Club recipe for Vino Valpredo Wine Co - Fritz Underground Winery.
Italian Sloppy Joes with Fritz Zinfandel


Enjoy this Italian take on an all-American favorite with a glass of Zinfandel!

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 25 Minutes


Sloppy Joes
• 2 TBL extra-virgin olive oil
• 2.5 pounds lean ground beef
• Kosher salt & freshly ground pepper
• 1 red bell pepper, diced
• 1 medium onion, diced
• 5 cloves garlic, smashed
• 1 6-ounce can tomato paste
• 1 8-ounce can crushed tomatoes
• 1 TBL sugar
• 1 tsp dried oregano
• 1 tsp dried basil
• ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish
• TBL chopped fresh parsley

Garlic Toast:
• 8 slices French or sourdough bread
• 1 stick butter, softened
• ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
• TBL extra-virgin olive oil
• TBL chopped fresh parsley
• ½ tsp garlic powder
• ¼ tsp paprika
• ¼ tsp dried oregano
• Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper


Sloppy Joes
In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add a tablespoon of olive oil and the beef. Cook, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until it is well browned, about 8-10 minutes.

Season with salt and pepper, then remove from the skillet and drain off the fat.

To the same skillet, add the remaining olive oil, and cook the bell pepper and onion until lightly browned, about 5-7 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, add the garlic and cook for another minute. Add the tomato paste and cook for another minute or two. Add the crushed tomatoes, sugar, oregano, and basil, bring to a simmer. Return the beef to the pan and simmer until this mixture is nice and thick, about 10-12 minutes. If it gets too thick, add some water. Remove from the heat, add the grated Parmesan and parsley. You will generously ladle this over the Garlic Toast.

Garlic Toast:
Heat oven to 400. Place sliced bread on a baking sheet.
In a bowl, mix together butter, Parmesan, oil, parsley, garlic powder, paprika, and oregano until it is all mixed up and thick. Add some salt and pepper to your liking. Evenly smear on the sliced bread. Bake until golden brown, about 12-15 minutes.

Recipe provided by Fritz Underground Winery