Open-Face'd Joe

By Chocolate Broccoli
June 20, 2011
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Author Notes: Even though I made my Joe's from scratch, it still took me less than 30 minutes from start to finish, and was most definitly a one-pot-wonder. That's always a plus, for sure. Clean up was a breeze- making this one that will be going into my regular rotation. We ate these open-faced with a knife and fork- cutting out the additional calories, about 50-60 calories to be exact. Nothing wrong with that, right? It's about the simple things- things you will be surprised you wont miss.
Chocolate Broccoli

Serves: 6

  • 1 pound extra lean ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (6oz) can tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 cups summer squash, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups low sodium beef or chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons Worchestershire sauce
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 6 ounces cheddar cheese
  • 3 hamburger buns (6 bun halves)
  1. Preheat ovenbroiler to HIGH.
  2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, sauté the onion and garlic until golden and soft, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add ground beef until browned, about 7 minutes. Add the squash and sauté 1 minute more.
  4. While beef and squash are working, Stir in the tomato paste and next 7 ingredients in a medium bowl, stirring until paste and sugar has dissolved. Pour over ground beef mixture.
  5. Reduce heat to medium and continue to cook until the mixture has thickened, 8 to 10 minutes.
  6. Sprinkle 1 ounce cheese over each half of the hamburger buns. Transfer buns to the broiler, open-faced, and toast until the cheese has melted and toasted.
  7. Remove the buns from the oven and fill each sandwich with the squash-and-meat mixture. Serve immediately..with a fork :)

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