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The Snow & Jersey Sloppy Joes


The snow had just begun to fall as we pulled into the parking lot of the local market. Spots were scarce but we managed to find one and raced inside to escape the cold. The scene inside was downright apocalyptic. Hundreds of carts battled down narrow aisles only to find that the shelves were nearly bare. We snagged one of the last loaves of bread. It happened to be a loaf of Jewish Rye. The snow continued into the night. The next morning we awoke to mounds of snow and a gleeful California kid who could not get outside fast enough.


Inside, the rye reminded me of summers on the Jersey shore where my entire extended family would convene and my aunts would assemble Sloppy Joes. It’s not what you’re thinking. These are Jersey girls – born and bred – and their kind of Sloppy Joe is totally different than the ground-meat-on-roll I learned of later in life.

I like a Sloppy Joe any way I can get it, but this kind holds a special place in my heart and it was the perfect thing to make with the lone loaf of rye we found at the market.

Now for the recipe…

Jersey Sloppy Joe Recipe

Prep Time: 5 mins

rye bread (we use seedless)
sliced turkey (deli or fresh)
sliced Swiss cheese
old fashioned cold slaw

Russian Dressing Ingredients:
1/3 cup mayo
1 1/2 tablespoons ketchup
2 teaspoons relish
salt and pepper

In a small bowl make the Russian dressing by whisking together mayo, ketchup, relish and salt and pepper to taste. Spread a layer of Russian dressing on a slice of rye bread. Pile turkey, cold slaw and two slices of Swiss cheese atop another piece of rye bread. Now make your sandwich and eat. Soooo good.

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