Date Night Sloppy Joes

Date Night Sloppy Joes
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What an oxymoron, Date Night Sloppy Joes… after you try these you will see how you can have an elegant sloppy joe after all. This dinner cooks fast! Set your table, light your candles, pour a glass of rosé, and then get cooking. You’ll have a hip elegant dinner on the table in no time.

It’s a Date

A few days ago I listened to a podcast encouraging the idea of taking yourself on a date. Today I got off work and had two hours before a dental appointment. I jumped at the opportunity! Usually, I would fill this time with a quick trip home to do the laundry or run errands. NOT TODAY!

East Liberty Tap House

I took myself to East Liberty Tap House, my new favorite spot to eat. Have you been? It is the absolute best place to take yourself for a date or grab a soul mate (lover or friend) and enjoy the atmosphere.

The music is rockin and makes you feel like you are pregaming for an amazing night. I’m here and they are playing disco but don’t worry it’s the fun ironic kind. The outdoor patio is perfect for these COVID days. The energy from the goings on of 9th and 9th only adds to the funky atmosphere. Needless to say, I am extremely pleased with my choice. I ordered… can you guess, the sloppy joe. I ended with a cup of coffee and their chocolate pudding and now I am done eating for 10 days ha! 

Date Night Sloppy-Joe

Let’s talk about the lady of the hour… Sloppy Joe herself (goodness I hope no one ever calls me sloppy joe). Before you say a sloppy joe has no place in the world when planning a date night listen up. This lamb-based sloppy joe is full of elegant flavors like rosemary and honey. I add dijon and shallots to mine and let’s just say it takes it to the next level.  

Ok, now that I have sold you on this sloppy Joe if you are in Salt Lake I need you to promise me you will take yourself to East Liberty Taphouse. I think my version is pretty darn good but you can’t beat their atmosphere, french fries, and a dish-free sink. Follow them on Instagram show them some love and then run right over and grab a table.

Lamb Sloppy Joes

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2 people and leftovers


  • frying pan
  • spatula



  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 shallot sliced into rings
  • honey
  • chevre cheese
  • buns
  • arugula


  • 1 lb ground lamb
  • 1 tsp Borsari Original Seasoning
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp Dijon
  • 2 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 1 sprig rosemary finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup beef broth


  • Start by prepping all of your fixings (toppings). Heat the oil in the frying pan, add the shallot rings and let carmilize. Remove from pan.
  • Add the ground lamb to the same pan, season with Borsari, and brown it up! Once the meat is browned add tomato paste, mustard, coconut aminos, and rosemary saute for 3 minutes.
  • Add beef broth and continue cooking until the consistency is well… sloppy joe. Turn the heat off and plate immediately.


I toasted my buns and let the chevre melt just the tiniest bit, then I slather it in honey before enjoying.  
Keyword date night, dinner, glutenfree, goat cheese, honey, lamb, Sloppy Joes

Here are a few other date night ideas Dijon Braised Beef , Risotto, and Bolognese

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