Tuesday, June 28, 2011

July 4th Main Dish: Vegetarian Sloppy Joes

(From the 4th of July Camping Menu)

This is a simple and fun cookout dish. The catsup, tomato sauce, brown sugar and soy sauce combine to make a yummy, tangy barbecue sauce and you'll be surprised at how enthusiastic people get about it, especially since it's so easy (and *shh* vegetarian).

Vegetarian Sloppy Joes 

Serves: 8

1 large, yellow onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
3 T. olive oil
2 packages (12 oz each) TVP (Texturized Vegetable Protein) – I like
MorningStar Farms Recipe Crumbles*
1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
4 T. tomato paste
2/3 c. catsup
1/3 c. brown sugar
3 T. soy sauce
8 hamburger buns

1. In the bottom of a pot, sauté the onions and garlic in the olive oil until soft.
2. Add the frozen TVP and sauté until lightly browned.
3. Stir in the tomato sauce, tomato paste, catsup, brown sugar and soy sauce.
4. Simmer for about 15 minutes, until the sauce thickens and the flavors are well combined.
5. Toast the hamburger buns and dish out a large spoonful onto each bun – about half a cup.
6. Bon Appetit!

*Because MorningStar TVP has egg whites in it, this is not a vegan dish. For a vegan version, try Bob's Red Mill TVP.  @brianelgin suggests using 1/2 t. of bullion with 1T. of  peanut oil when rehydrating the Bob's TVP for great ground beef replacement. Thanks, Brian!

Return to the 4th of July Camping Menu.


  1. wow, that sounds fantastic, I know that sounds strong for a vegetarian dish but it does!

  2. You know what? It is fantastic. I'm going to make it for the 4th; my mom will love it!