Spicy Turkey Sloppy Joes with Maple Glazed Carrots

Roll your sleeves up and prepare for an education in tastiness.

Lunch ladies everywhere, rejoice! We’ve resurrected one of life’s most underrated comfort foods with a healthy twist; substituting ground turkey for beef. Cayenne pepper kicks it into gear while molasses holds it all together to make sure the flavors are playing well with one another. Pair it with simple but delicious maple glazed carrots and find a seat at the cool kids table.

Equipment Needed: Frying Pan, Cutting Board, Chef’s Knife, Wooden Spoon, Vegetable Peeler, Baking Dish, Cup

Serving Suggestion: Individual Plating

Servings: 4

Suggested Wine Pairing: Pinot Noir, Merlot, Oaky Chardonnays

Suggested Beer Pairing: Pale Ales, Hoppy Pilsners and Brown Ales


  • 1 lb. ground turkey ($5.99/lb)
  • 1 medium onion ($0.99/lb)
  • 1/3 C ketchup ($3.65/32 oz)
  • 1/4 C spicy brown mustard ($1.99/12 oz)
  • 1/4 C molasses ($3/12 oz)
  • Hamburger buns ($2.99/8 pack)
  • 1 lb carrots ($0.99/lb)
  • 1 TBSP butter ($4.99/lb)
  • 1/4 C grade A maple syrup ($8.99/16 oz bottle)
  • 2-3 TBSP cayenne pepper (about $4/jar)
  • 3-4 TBSP olive oil ($9.99/34 oz bottle)
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Carrot Preparation:

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Peel, wash and cut your carrots into 2 inch sticks.

Cut your carrots into uniform pieces for even cooking.

  • Put your carrots in the baking dish and toss them with olive oil, salt and pepper until everything’s evenly coated. Put those roots in the oven for 35 minutes.

Lube 'em up.

  • When time’s up put your butter and maple syrup in a microwave safe cup. Nuke it for about 20 seconds until everything’s melted, mix together and pour evenly over the carrots. Put them back in the oven for another 10 minutes to glaze.

Sloppy Joe Preparation:

  • Put your frying pan over medium heat and coat the bottom of the pan in olive oil. Dice the onion into tiny pieces and toss it into the pan.

Cut the onion as tiny as you can, you want it more for taste than texture.

  • Salt and pepper your onions and cook them about 5 minutes until they’ve softened a bit. Add the ground turkey and season with more salt and pepper. Cook until browned (about 10 minutes).
  • Once the turkey is finished, add the cayenne pepper, ketchup, mustard and molasses. Stir everything together, toast a bun and go to town.

Molasses pours pretty slowly, even in May.

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