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Sloppy joe vetkoek

Sloppy joe vetkoek

Step aside, average Joe. Your more indulgent cousin is in town.

  • Serves 4
  • More than 1 hour


  • 500g shop-bought bread dough
  • Flour, for dusting
  • 3 cups (750ml) canola oil
  • 500g beef mince
  • 1 can (410g) PnP Italian-style tomatoes
  • 2 tsp (10ml) beef stock powder
  • 1 tsp (5ml) dried origanum (optional)
  • 1 cup (250ml) red wine or water
  • Salt and milled pepper
  • 1 punnet (20g) rocket
  • ½ red onion, chopped, for serving
  • ½ tomato, for serving


  1. Divide dough into 4 balls and flatten gently.
  2. Cover with a damp tea towel and leave to stand on a lightly floured surface.
  3. Heat 1 Tbsp (15ml) oil in a pan and brown mince.
  4. Add tomatoes, stock powder, origanum, if using, and red wine or water.
  5. Cover and simmer on low to medium heat for 30-45 minutes. Season.
  6. Heat enough oil for deep-frying in a medium pot.
  7. Fry dough balls two at a time until golden on both sides and cooked through.
  8. Serve filled with mince, rocket, onion and tomato.
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