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Sloppy Bird

Sloppy Birds

Sloppy Birds

I have a lot of ground turkey. Apparently my P.S. (Poultry Supplier/ hubby) buys it regularly and stores it in the basement freezer. When we cleaned it recently we were appalled to see how much was hiding in the freezer’s depths. We need to start eating more turkey! I’m not even going to mention how many actual whole turkeys we found in there as well.  Ok, 4.  Maybe 5.

Sloppy Birds

Sloppy Birds

This called for a serious use of ground turkey, for now.  I thawed two pound rolls and considered my options.  Our supply of buns ran to three or four different kinds, so I thought: sandwiches.  I thought maybe a turkey burger then changed my mind.  How about a sloppy joe made with turkey?  I’d rename it a Sloppy Scott, in honor of my P.S!  My P.S. promptly renamed it a Sloppy Bird.  He didn’t want to be honored. Fair enough.

Sauté onions until browned.

Sauté onions until browned.

I chopped 1/2 cup onion and heated a couple of tablespoons of canola oil in a large nonstick skillet.  I fried the onion for a few minutes, until it began to brown.  I like onions in sandwiches to be fairly browned.

Sauté onions until browned.

Sauté onions until browned.

I added the ground turkey to the skillet and used my star tool to break it into smaller pieces as it cooked.

Add seasonings and cook until browned.

Add seasonings and cook until browned.

I sprinkled salt, pepper and garlic powder over the meat as it fried.  I wanted to add some sage but was out, so I settled on some poultry seasoning which contained sage.

Add broccoli cheese soup.

Add broccoli cheese soup.

When the ground turkey was cooked and lightly browned I added a can of broccoli cheddar cheese soup to bring it all together.

Stir well and cook for several minutes to heat through.

Stir well and cook for several minutes to heat through.

I stirred until it was well mixed and let the mixture heat through for several minutes.

Add cheeses and stir well.

Add cheeses and stir well.

In my cheese drawer I had several kinds of shredded cheese, some that needed to be used soon.  I chose a sharp white cheddar, the last of a bag of gouda and some Monterey Jack.  I added them to the skillet, stirred well and let the cheeses melt.

Cook for several minutes until cheeses are melted. Serve on buns.

Cook for several minutes until cheeses are melted. Serve on buns.

The texture was great, just like a sloppy Joe.  The flavors were about as far from a sloppy Joe as you can get.  There was the turkey, the broccoli and the cheeses all melded into one delicious bite on a bun.

Sloppy Birds

Sloppy Birds

My P.S. was equally charmed with the turkey buns even though he wasn’t eager to give them his name.  Meh, either name works for me.  They could even be called Sloppy Gobblers.

The sloppy burgers were great leftover the next day, and even good mixed with some leftover rice for a quick hotdish type dish for lunch another day.  I called it a successful way to use up some of our hoard of ground turkey in the freezer!

Sloppy Birds

  • Servings: 10-12 burgers
  • Difficulty: easy
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Sloppy Joes made with ground turkey, broccoli cheese soup and handfuls of cheese.

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 cup onion; chopped finely
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2# ground turkey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning or sage
  • 1 can broccoli cheese soup (I used Campbell’s)
  • 1 cup white sharp cheddar cheese; shredded
  • 1/2 cup Gouda; shredded
  • 1 cup Monterey Jack cheese; shredded
  • buns of choice (I used Sara Lee’s Artesano Bakery Buns)

Heat large nonstick skillet with a drizzle of oil. Add onion, sprinkle with salt and sauté until browned.  Add ground turkey and break up into smaller pieces as it cooks.  Add salt, pepper, garlic powder and poultry seasoning and cook until browned.

Stir in soup and heat for several minutes.  Add cheeses and stir until well mixed and melted.

Serve on buns.

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6 thoughts on “Sloppy Bird

  1. Quite an interesting sauce. I had made some beef alternative, using ground chicken, but kept with the traditional sloppy Joe sauce. I was making it for one of those not so adventurous eater types. Love your use of broccoli soup! Makes me want to go search for some ground turkey & give it a whirl.

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