True Blood: Sloppy Jason and Onion Rings

A review of “Sloppy Jason” and “Runnin’ (Onion) Rings ‘Round Those Fools” from the True Blood Cookbook.

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Sloppy Jason by Jason Stackhouse

I REALLY love Sloppy Joes.  I saw my first one ever when I was about 7 or 8 on the Mary-Kate and Ashley movie “It Takes Two,” and I became obsessed with getting my hands on one.  It looked so good!  At age 10, I started going to overnight summer camp, and every year for 3 years I missed Sloppy Joe night.  FINALLY when I was 13 I tried my first Sloppy Joe, and it was SO worth the wait.

I started this recipe by browning the beef, and then adding onion and garlic until soft.  Then the rest of the ingredients are added and the whole dish is left to simmer for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, the buns are heated up in the oven so they’re nice and toasty when you’re ready to eat!

After that, just spoon the meat sauce onto the buns and enjoy!

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Taste: 10/10

I definitely purchased the wrong buns for this recipe, but the sloppy meat sauce itself was absolutely delicious!

Difficulty: Easy

Mostly just chopping and combining ingredients over the stove.

Cost: Average

You’ll need to purchase ground beef, onion, tomato sauce, tomato paste, and hamburger buns.  Brown sugar, garlic, red wine vinegar, and cayenne pepper are also needed.

Runnin’ (Onion) Rings ‘Round Those Fools by Lafayette Reynolds

20190113_174408Since I was making one of my favorite meals, I figured I’d make one of my favorite sides to go with it: onion rings!

The onion I got was a little “squat” and did not cut nice perfect rings like I was hoping, but that didn’t affect taste at all.  Once the rings were cut, they were left to soak in buttermilk for a half hour.20190113_183956

I really should have started heating up the oil now, as it took a really long time for it to heat up to the temperature required.  We ended up eating the Sloppy Jasons first, and then finishing up with the onion rings since we had to wait for the temperature to rise.

But once the oil was the right temperature, the buttermilk-covered onion rings were tossed in a flour mixture before deep frying.

And voila!  That’s it!

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Taste: 10/10

Another winner!  These were AMAZING!!!  I did overcook a few, but that was my own fault for not paying attention.  And even the slightly overcooked ones were really, really good.

Difficulty: Easy / Average

There’s nothing too complicated about this recipe.  Just be careful around the hot oil!

Cost: Cheap

The vegetable oil will be the biggest expense here, because you need a lot of it.  Otherwise, ingredients include onion, buttermilk, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.

Suggestion:

Start heating up the oil about 5-10 minutes after you start soaking the onion in buttermilk.  That way it will be hot enough by the time you’re ready to cook them and you won’t need to wait around.

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