I’ve recently been into open faced sandwiches.  I like that you can use any kind of bread and jazz it up with toppings of your choice.  I decided to make Sloppy Joes one night and made 2 different versions, one beef and one chicken.  Andrew ate the beef version and thought it was incredible and I ate the chicken version and thought it was also incredible.  The meat soaked up the sauce making it very flavorful and tender, the cheese on top was perfectly melted and help hold the sandwiches together, and the garlic Texas Toast made for a delightful, crusty base.    It’s a hearty meal that will satisfy any craving.

The recipes can be found here:


Both recipes are identical, and you use either ground beef or ground chicken.  You can also use ground turkey if you prefer.  Let’s walk through how to make them.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Place the Texas Toast on the baking sheet and set aside.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat.  Add the ground beef (or ground chicken) and cook until completely cooked through, crumbling as it cooks, about 7-8 minutes.  Drain most of the grease or liquid from the skillet but keep the meat in the skillet.

Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the butter and onions.  Stir to combine and cook for 2-3 minutes or until the onions start to soften.

Add the tomato sauce, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, white vinegar, yellow mustard, brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper.  Stir to combine and bring to a boil.  Once boiling, reduce the heat to simmer for about 7-8 minutes or until the mixture has thickened and absorbed into the meat.

If the sauce does not thicken you can combine 1 Tbsp of cornstarch with 1 Tbsp of water, pour it into the skillet, and stir to combine.  This will act as a thickener.

Bake the Texas Toast according to package instructions, about 8-10 minutes.  I always think it’s closer to 10 minutes, sometimes up to 12 depending on how crispy you like the bread.  Remove from the oven and top with the Sloppy Joe mixture, about ½ cup each.  You should have enough to make 8 pieces of Texas Toast.  (Or in this case, 16 because we are working with 2 different meats.)

Top each with a heap of mozzarella cheese and return to the oven for 3-4 minutes to melt the cheese.  Remove from the oven and serve immediately while still hot.  Enjoy!

The recipes can be found here:


Sloppy Joes are usually such a messy meal but serving them open faced is a game changer.  You can use a fork and knife and feel sophisticated (and not have the food all over your face) or you can simply dig in and eat with your hands (and have the food all over your face).  Whichever you prefer 😊 We had this for dinner 2 nights in a row and froze the leftover meat.  It was a great way to start stocking our freezer with meals for the cold winter months ahead.

Happy Cooking!

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