Stuffed Cabbage Sloppy Joes topped with buttery crisp cabbage, mozzarella cheese and rich tomato and beef gravy for the perfect unstuffed cabbage in 30 minutes.
Enjoy all the flavors of Stuffed Cabbage Casserole and Ultimate Sloppy Joes combined in a rich beefy and tomato gravy with the most amazing crispy buttery cabbage topping (like these Crispy Roasted Cabbage Steaks).
Stuffed Cabbage Sloppy Joes
Crispy buttery cabbage may not be the first thing you think of when it comes to the ultimate comfort food, but these sandwiches were among the highest rated sloppy joes we made in this entire sloppy joe year of recipes.
We’ve posted about 15 sloppy joe recipes and my husband declared this one his favorite so far and I don’t blame him. Rich tomato sauce with beef broth and Worcestershire sauce topped with melted mozzarella cheese.
If you love cabbage or love brussels sprouts, you will LOVE these sloppy joes!
WHAT GOES GOOD WITH SLOPPY JOES FOR A SIDE DISH?
TIPS FOR MAKING THESE SLOPPY JOES:
- Make sure the cabbage is chopped well and make sure it’s dry, wet cabbage will cause the cabbage to sweat rather than to brown.
- Make sure your ingredients are ready ahead of time, don’t let the pan scorch.
- Make sure you only add back in half the cabbage as the second half is going to be used as a topping.
- Make sure you drain excess fat from the beef, I use 85/15 to minimize excess fat.
- Stop cooking when its just slightly too wet still, the tomato sauce as it thickens too much can become bitter and burned.
- If you want to meal prep just leave the sauce extra saucy before shutting off the heat. You may need a bit of water when reheating.
- Fresh mozzarella would be delicious but not necessary as the meat is so saucy and the cabbage is so buttery.
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We put a ton of effort into recipe testing 35 Sloppy Joes for this weekly series! The reason we did (aside from the fact we LOVE them) is because you all have gone nuts for ALL 4 of the original sloppy joes on the site!
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- Ultimate Sloppy Joes
- Pizza Sloppy Joes
- Bacon Cheeseburger Sloppy Joes
- 4 tablespoons butter , divided
- 1 head cabbage , chopped
- 1 yellow onion , diced
- 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 cup tomato sauce
- 1 cup beef broth
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 6 brioche buns , toasted
- 8 ounces mozzarella cheese , sliced
- In a large skillet add the butter to the pan on medium high heat and cook the cabbage until crisp on both sides, stirring occasionally (about 8-10 minutes).
- Remove the cabbage and add the beef and onions, cooking well, breaking it apart but leaving some chunks about the size of a raspberry or small grape (don't crush the heck out of it, the larger crumbles will help give the sandwich stability).
- Cook until well browned (5-6 minutes), then add in half the cooked cabbage, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, tomato sauce, beef broth and cornstarch before adding it to the pan along with the cooked beef and stirring well.
- Continue cooking until the sauce starts to evaporate and the mixture becomes "sloppy" (about 5-6 minutes).
- The consistency you are looking for is reduced enough that spoonfuls can be placed on top of each other with the bottom spoonful not spreading more than a half inch or so.
- Toast the buns then spoon over the mixture and top sliced mozzarella and the remaining cabbage.