Sloppy Joe-Stuffed Baked Potatoes & Cornbread

Holy cow. This is my 500th blog post! If you’ve been reading this blog for any amount of time, thanks! What started out as an exercise in creativity posting a haiku a day for 365 days turned into somewhat of a release where I talk about food and art all the time. Weird, but really cool and I appreciate anyone that’s stuck around.

But whatever – this is about food, still. And furthermore, post 500 is MY food!

Following this recipe from Food Network Magazine’s October issue, Wednesday night I put together homemade sloppy joe-stuffed baked potatoes!

These are fairly straight forward and are quick and easy to make (30 minutes or less – my girl Rachael Ray would be so proud!) and even then I was having to do some spur of the moment improv. For instance: I didn’t have any ketchup – so I dug out the Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce. I didn’t have “sweet” chili sauce so I used sriracha. I didn’t have any shredded cheddar cheese so I cubed up some slices of Colby-Jack I had in the fridge.

And what came out was wonderful! The potatoes were microwaved yet were fluffy and hot and the sloppy joe topping was just meaty enough while not overpowering the veggies and the combination of sriracha and chili powder gave it just enough spice to keep from being a distraction.

But I wasn’t done there.

Foodie confession: I’ve never made homemade cornbread.

My bad. But I intended to fix that on Monday night when I made the slow cooker bbq brisket. I poked around on some of my favorite food blogs and came across this simple recipe from EverythingIsHomemade.com and put the recipe in with my brisket recipe.

When monday night came I realized I didn’t have any flour, so there was no cornbread that night. Determined to not be defeated, I picked up some flour and decided to throw some cornbread down tonight with our potatoes and I knocked it out of the park.

Or, well. The recipe did, I suppose. The cornbread came out fluffy and moist, sweet and a perfect yellow. Erin gave me 5 stars on my cornbread – I’ll take it since it was my first time and since Erin’s a pretty harsh critic when it comes to cornbread (in a sweet way, of course :-)).

Anyway, enough with the jibber-jabber – here’s the food, please enjoy.

And follow me on Twitter (@justintfirefly) plz

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