(Makes enough for approx 15 filled rolls)
For the Sloppy:
Legend has it that Sloppy Joes originated from a diner in Sioux City, Iowa, and were invented by a guy named… Joe. History also suggests that they started life as a creole dish in the early 20th century and again, that they were invented in Cuba during the Second World War. It's also true that ‘Sloppy Joe’ can be used to describe any cheap, quick dish – the American equivalent of ‘greasy spoon.’
Given that a Sloppy Joe is sandwich filled primarily with ground beef, you might be a little surprised to find it here, but trust me – my vegan version is delicious. It makes a great meat-free alternative to a barbeque when you want outdoorsy food in the summer. I served a big ol’ bowl o’ sloppy with buns and salads and coleslaw at my birthday this year and my plates came back licked clean.
A few notes on the ingredients: I normally never use meat substitutes; Quorn etcetera, they have the flavour of cat litter most of the time. That said, they do act like a sponge for any other flavours that you put with them which actually makes them perfect for sloppy joes. However – if you are a purist, just switch it for tofu or increase the other vegetable ingredients.
My other ingredient note is on Itsu Hotsu-Potsu sauce. I am OBSESSED with it, it’s completely yummy on its own or it makes anything you put it in awesome. I found it in the supermarket a couple of months ago and now I barely eat anything without it. It’s essentially Sriracha sauce (a Thai-style hot sauce made with chillis, vinegar, garlic, lime etcetera, but whereas Sriracha is generally super-firey; Hotsu-Potsu is mild enough that you can splurge it on stuff as though it were ketchup, but still with a kick. Traditionally a Sloppy Joe would be 3 Tbsp ketchup, 1 Tbsp Sriracha; I just used 4 Tbsp Hotsu-Potsu and it was like getting a big, awesome hug in your mouth. Yes.