Best Sloppy Joe Meatball Bake Recipe

Meatballs don’t take the sloppy out of sloppy Joes, they just turn it into a whole new form. Trust us—these little ones are just as delicious as the original ground beef version. Cheesy, hefty, and super-saucy, this skillet dish also comes together in just under an hour, making it the perfect anytime meal.

Besides being irresistibly tasty, this dish is also extremely versatile. Cook up these meatballs, then serve them in a variety of ways: Sandwich them into a hoagie roll for a saucy meatball sub, enjoy them right out of the skillet as an easy appetizer (think game day snacks!), or serve this bake as a main with fresh veggie sides.

Tip: It’s important to sear the meatballs first before cooking with the sauce to ensure they get crispy and are cooked through; otherwise, your meatballs might be undercooked or chance falling apart—you don’t want that! After cooking in your tomato-based sauce, you’ll broil with cheese until everything gets bubbly and golden. We chose mozzarella for our cheese of choice because of how melty and stretchy it gets, but feel free to add your favorite cheese. Cheddar or Monterey Jack would also be delicious here, as would pepper Jack if you wanted a kick of heat!

Looking for more sloppy Joe remixes? Try our sloppy quesadillas, stuffed peppers, and grilled cheese too.

Tried this? Let us know how it went in the comments below!

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What If Donated Food Was Delightful?

This is one of a pair of stories exploring efforts to make donated food healthier, more delicious and more dignified. You can read the other story here.

Dion Dawson’s day starts around 8 am at the corner of 59th Street and Racine Avenue in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood. Most days, his six-year-old son Bryson accompanies him, eager to help stock the community fridge labeled with “FREE FOOD” in sky blue letters. Usually, the area’s residents have already gathered around the fridge, which has been spray-painted with happy cows, bright red apples, yellow corn and potatoes, as Dawson puts in oranges, lettuce and strawberries. He hands out bananas and grapes, too.

“Always grapes,” he emphasized. “When I grew up food insecure, I never got to eat fresh grapes, ever. So I make sure we always have fresh grapes. That may not be cost effective, but it makes a difference.”

Dawson sets up the Chicago nonprofit Dion’s Chicago Dream and the community fridge in 2020. He added a free weekly produce home delivery service in 2021. Both address the lack of access to fresh fruit and vegetables endemic to food deserts — areas that lack supermarkets and are typically low-income. They are also inspired by Dawson’s past food insecurity as well as his negative experiences with donation boxes from food banks.

“More than 500,000 Chicago residents live in a food desert,” Dawson says, citing American Community Survey data. “More than half of our residents will be food insecure in our community within this

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No booze? No problem for most fans at the World Cup in Qatar

DOHA, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Soccer fans at the almost alcohol-free World Cup are ready to pay high prices for a beer, a few have tried to smuggle booze into stadiums but most simply accept that drinking is off limits at the first tournament in a Muslim country.

World soccer governing body FIFA reversed course in mid-November, two days before the first match kicked off, and announced that no alcoholic beer would be sold at stadiums in Qatar where it is an offense to drink alcohol or be drunk in public.

While beer is available at designated World Cup fan zones and in some hotels, the hassle and the cost of finding alcohol — half a liter is sold for 50 Qatari riyalis ($13.70) in fan zones — are simply too much for many supporters from countries where beer is typically part of the match-day routine.

“For me, it’s a tradition of having a beer, watching a game, enjoying the game with friends,” said Stefan Pacquee, a Belgian doctor who traveled to Qatar from his home in Sydney, Australia, as he made his way into a stadium before Belgium’s 2-0 defeat by Morocco on Sunday.

He said he had his first beer-and-football experience aged 16 with his father.

“So I miss it. And I don’t think the Budweiser Zero is going to compensate for that. But hey, we’re here, the weather’s beautiful, it’s a great atmosphere,” Pacquee said.


Germany fan Christian Kopatsch said alcohol was often banned at

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