Last week Melissa @ Stockpiling Moms posted a recipe for a Sloppy Joe Braid. I thought that sounded like a fabulous idea and I made one tonight. My recipe is changed up though but the idea is the same. Along with the original braid recipe I also started with my version of a Neat Sloppy Joes recipe I found some time ago. Remember, you can change any recipe you want, the recipe police will not come in and arrest you if you do!

Sloppy Joe Braid Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 Small white onion, diced small
  • 2 stalks celery, diced small
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2lb ground beef
  • 1 can Campbell's Tomato Soup (condensed)
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon Nakano Original Seasoned Rice Vinegar (or regular vinegar)
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 can Pillsbury refrigerated pizza dough
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Directions

Preheat oven to 350° F. Heat a large skillet with the olive oil. Add the onion, celery, and garlic and sauté for about 5 minutes until they are softened. Now add the ground meat and brown, then drain any fat if needed. Now stir in soup through brown sugar. Simmer for 10 minutes. Taste and added salt and pepper as needed.

While the meat mixture is simmering, roll out the pizza dough onto a large baking sheet. Now cut strips down the each long side of the dough about 1” apart. I find kitchen scissors work best for this job. You do not need to be exact, just eyeball it.

Now pour the finished meat mixture down the middle of the pizza dough. Mine overflowed a bit, no big deal. Sprinkle half of the cheese over the top of the meat mixture. Start at the top and criss-cross from side-to-side the strips you cut over the top of the meat, kind of like you are braiding hair. Again, they may not all meet up and it is ok, I promise. Now sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top (I used more cause Hubby is a big cheese freak). Place in the oven and bake for 25 minutes. Let the braid cool for about 5 minutes before cutting it.

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350° F. Heat a large skillet with the olive oil. Add the onion, celery, and garlic and sauté for about 5 minutes until they are softened. Now add the ground meat and brown, then drain any fat if needed. Now stir in soup through brown sugar. Simmer for 10 minutes. Taste and added salt and pepper as needed.

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 While the meat mixture is simmering, roll out the pizza dough onto a large baking sheet. Now cut strips down the each long side of the dough about 1” apart. I find kitchen scissors work best for this job. You do not need to be exact, just eyeball it.

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 Now pour the finished meat mixture down the middle of the pizza dough. Mine overflowed a bit, no big deal. Sprinkle half of the cheese over the top of the meat mixture. Start at the top and criss-cross from side-to-side the strips you cut over the top of the meat, kind of like you are braiding hair. Again, they may not all meet up and it is ok, I promise. Now sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top (I used more cause Hubby is a big cheese freak). Place in the oven and bake for 25 minutes. Let the braid cool for about 5 minutes before cutting it.

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 I served this with a salad tonight. Very easy meal and everyone really liked it. Enjoy!

Sloppy Joe Braid Recipe
What do you think, will you be trying this recipe? What other kinds of fillings do you think would work well in a pizza dough braid like this?

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