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                          a Movie

Sloppy Joe's with Green Bean Salad
and 'The Family'

By Jim Hasser

​Sloppy Joe's with green bean salad

10 oz ground beef
2 potato buns
2 oz pickle chips
4 oz green beans
3 cloves of garlic
1 plum tomato
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 ½ tablespoons whole grain Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons minced shallot 
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
½ cup BBQ sauce

Cooking Instructions
Mince the shallot and put in bowl with the vinegar. Salt and pepper. Clean and snap off ends of green beans.

Mince the garlic. Dice the tomato and half the buns.

Cook the green beans in boiling water for 4-5 minutes and then drain. Put the beans in a bowl of ice water (blanch).

Wipe the pot out and heat 1 teaspoon olive oil on medium high heat. Once hot, add the ground beef and salt and pepper. Brown the meat. Add the tomato paste and garlic. Salt and pepper. 

After cooking and stirring for a minute or so, add the BBQ sauce. Cook until the fluid is cooked off. Salt and pepper.

Strain the green beans and add to the shallots along with the diced tomato and mustard. Salt and pepper.

Heat 1 tbs of olive oil on a nonstick pan big enough to put all four bun halves on. Once heated, toast the buns. Add the Sloppy Joe mixture, top with the pickles and serve the salad on the side. 

Enjoy! Good eats!

“The Family”

The Manzonis rat on the mob and are placed in a witness protection program where they are relocated from place to place, but just can’t seem to assimilate anywhere ...

This comedy stars Robert De NiroMichelle PfeifferTommy Lee JonesDianna AgronJohn D'LeoDomenick LombardozziJimmy PalumboVincent Pastore and Jon Freda, all of whom did great jobs. It was directed by Luc Besson, who also deserves kudos.

This was a very entertaining and funny movie. With its cast, it couldn’t help but be. It is pretty violent, though, and is rated R for violence, language and some sex. So, despite its name, it is not for the entire family if you have small kids. 

All in all, we give it a two thumbs up!

(Editor's note: Jim and Carolyn Hasser's Dinner & a Movie is a regular feature in Mobile Bay Times. Jim is an attorney in Mobile and Carolyn is a Realtor with Roberts Brothers.
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