This is my first time participating in Surprise Recipe Swap. Thanks to Jutta at Hungry Little Girl for organizing this fun event! I thought it sounded like a great idea to meet some new bloggers and a fabulous way to try some new recipes!
The blog I got to check out was Curious Cuisiniere. It was great getting to read through Sarah's blog and recipes. She is another Wisconsin girl, so that made her blog even more fun for me to read. It was so hard to pick a recipe, as they all sounded so good. Once I clicked around into her recipe index, I was so excited to see in her Main Dishes category, she broke the recipes down by protein type, including a Venison category! I am frequently cooking with venison, so I am always looking for new idea's and it was just so fun for me to see someone else that cooks with it as much as I do!
Once I found the venison category, it did not take me long to decide on Coffee Spiked Venison Sloppy Joe. We loved the flavor that Sarah packed into these. As usual, this was a large batch for the two of us, so I just freeze the leftovers in a cupcake pan. Super easy to take out a portion for dinner, or to even send along with Truckin' Man in the truck. The only thing I changed to Sarah's recipe was to add some green bell pepper, and that was just because I love bell pepper in as many things as possible!
Coffee Spiked Venison Sloppy Joe's (Source: Curious Cuisiniere)
2 lb ground venison
1 onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1 - 6 oz can tomato paste
3 Tbsp brown sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsp coffee grounds, finely ground or instant (I used instant)
2 tsp paprika
1 1/2 tsp cocoa powder
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground pepper
1/4 tsp garlic powder
3/4 cup water
In a small bowl, mix sauce ingredients. In crock pot or slow cooker, mix venison, onions and sauce. Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours, or until meat is cooked and sauce has thickened.
Serve on your choice of buns.