30 Day Challenge - Day 12

Day 25 - {a recipe} 

The recipe below is from: rachaelrayshow.com. I don't know about you, but I love to eat Sloppy Joes! I love cooking this recipe for Messy Giuseppes (like Sloppy Joes for adults), and it is super simple to boot and takes around 30 minutes to prepare which is totally considered easy-peezy-lemon-squeezy in my book! I make these for my family, okay well really only for us girls because daddy doesn't like bell peppers, but us girl's all love them...especially if you get fresh mozzeralla and parmigiano-reggianno cheese from your local grocery market to use on your guiseppes! Yum-o! Delicioso! OH BABY....they are SO GOOD! You all should try them out, and if you do try them out let me know what you think about the heavenly Italian sandwich okay!? Full credit of this recipe is given to the wonderfully talented and entertaining RACHAEL RAY whom I think is S'AWESOME!
-Daughter of the King

"Messy Giuseppe"

Ingredients (what you'll need):

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 1 pound ground, 90 percent lean sirloin
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 5 large garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 medium portobello mushroom cap, finely chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon (eyeball it) allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Coarse salt and black pepper
  • 1/2 cup (a couple of glugs) red wine
  • 3/4 cup beef stock
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 14-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup (a generous handful) flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 5-8 fresh basil leaves, about 1/4 cup, chopped
  • 1/4 cup (a small handful) grated Parmigiano Reggiano or Romano cheese
  • 4 individual ciabatta rolls or any kind of crusty hoagie rolls
  • 1 ball fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into 8 slices
Yields: 4 servings


Preheat the broiler to high.
For the meat sauce, heat a deep skillet or a heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat with 2 tablespoons of EVOO, twice around the pan. Add the ground beef and cook until lightly browned, breaking up the meat with the back of a wooden spoon. Add green pepper, onion, 3/4 of the garlic, mushrooms, allspice, red pepper flakes and a little salt and pepper to the beef and cook for about 5-8 minutes.


Add the wine and cook another minute then add the beef stock, Worcestershie and tomatoes. Bring the mixture up to a bubble, reduce the heat to medium-low and gently simmer for 10 minutes. Finish it by stirring in a handful of chopped parsley.


While the meat is simmering, combine the remaining garlic with the soft butter, basil, parmesan cheese and a little salt and pepper in a mixing bowl. Split the rolls in half lengthwise without cutting all the way through and separating the halves. Press open the rolls by flattening them out a little bit. Slather the insides with the butter and place 2 slices of the mozzarella on each roll. Toast until golden brown under the broiler, about 2-3 minutes.
Top one side of the cheesy garlic rolls with a heap of meat and get prepared to get sloppy with Messy Giuseppe! 



  1. I love Food Network and Rachael Ray! When nothing is on TV, which is often, we turn on Foodnetwork and enjoy watching all of the shoes. I absolutly love that channel. Thanks for sharing the recipe. :-)


  2. This is a cool series of post!! Seeing that im about to move out and go to college I need to know all the easy recipeiw I can! :)

  3. These are delish, you have made them for us when we were visiting once! Very tasty!