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I really don’t know what came over me. I took one bite of a one of these open-faced garlic toast Sloppy Joes and just smiled. I’ve always been a huge Sloppy Joe fan. I have several recipes for them here at Life’s A Tomato. And I love garlic toast, be it out-of-a-box or my favorite totally-loaded homemade version. Now I can enjoy both great things in bite-after-bite of downright yummy comfort food goodness. Nope, there’s nothing fancy going on here, but oh, does it ever hit the spot!
One of the really nice things about this recipe for open-faced garlic toast Sloppy Joes is that you can really change it without creating a lot of fuss. There are a ton of different spaghetti sauces on your local grocery store. Try a mushroom sauce. Or maybe vegetable. Substitute Italian sausage for the ground beef and really amp up the Italian-inspired flavors. Kick it up with shredded pepper jack cheese instead!
I highly recommend that you shred or grate your own cheese at home. Don’t buy the pre-shredded or pre-grated stuff. It has stuff added to it to keep it from sticking together. That ‘stuff’ affects how the cheese melts. Shred it yourself and use the good stuff.
Also try my slow cooker kid’s Sloppy Joe.
Open-Faced Garlic Toast Sloppy Joes
- Preheat oven according to the garlic toast package instructions.
- Meanwhile, crumble the ground beef into a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Season with salt and pepper. Stir and cook until done. Remove any excess fat.
- Stir in the spaghetti sauce and Italian seasoning, to taste. Bring to a simmer then reduce the heat to medium-low. Simmer another 5-10 minutes until sauce has thickened, stirring often.
- Bake the garlic toast per the package instructions.
- Spoon meat mixture over bread slices and top with cheese. Return to the oven and turn on the broiler. Broil 1-2 minutes to melt the cheese.
- Serve garnished with parsley.
Nutritional values are approximate.