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Sloppy Jack’s

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A fun, Halloween themed twist on classic Sloppy Joe’s, these meaty, cheesy jack-o-lanterns look alikes are the prefect meal before trick or treating! And if you make the meat filling ahead of time, Sloppy Jack’s can be on the table in 10 minutes.

sloppy jacks on a tray

Why make Sloppy Jacks?

Since its usually in the 40’s on Halloween around here, I always like to make something warm to have in our bellies before we head out to trick or treat on a chilly Minnesota evening.

Sloppy Joe’s are a weeknight staple at my house. They are quick and easy to make, and the whole family loves them, so I thought why not find a quick and easy way to add a festive Halloween twist to this family favorite?

What do you need to make Sloppy Jack’s?

  • Sloppy Joe meat mixture like my Easy Sloppy Joe’s
  • english muffins (I like Bay’s)
  • cheddar cheese slices (I like Sargento)
  • pumpkin shaped cookie cutter
  • sharp knife
  • cookie sheet

How to make Sloppy Jack’s

Start by making up a batch of my Easy Sloppy Joe’s. This can easily be done ahead of time and just warm it up when you are ready to make the Jacks.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Split english muffins in half and place them face up on a cookie sheet. Once oven is hot, pop them in for 5 minutes.

While the muffins are toasting, grab your cheese slices and cut out out the pumpkin shapes using your cookie cutter.

Use a sharp pairing knife to cut triangle shapes for the eyes and they nose. This looks a bit compilated, but its really not! I promise! The cheese is pretty forgiving so even if you mess up, you can just pinch the cheese back together a bit.

Pull the muffins out of the oven and scoop about a 1/4c of meat mixture onto each muffin. Use the back of a spoon to flatten it down a bit.

Next, top each muffin with a jack o lantern shaped cheese slice. Put them back in the oven for 30-60 seconds so the cheese can melt a bit. This happens fast, so keep a close eye on it so you do not burn the cheese.

What to serve with Sloppy Jack’s

Looking for more Halloween recipes?

Try my Oreo Spider Cookies. They are simple enough for young kids to make!

sloppy jacks on a tray

Sloppy Jack’s

Liz Olberding @ Up North Nosh
A fun, Halloween themed twist on classic Sloppy Joe's, these meaty, cheesy jack-o-lanterns look alikes are the prefect meal before trick or treating! And if you make the meat filling ahead of time, Sloppy Jack's can be on the table in 10 minutes.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 513 kcal

Equipment

  • cookie sheet
  • sharp knife

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Start by making up a batch of my Easy Sloppy Joe's or your favorite Sloppy Joe recipe. Short on time? Make this step ahead of time and just reheat when you are ready to make the Sloppy Jacks.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Split english muffins in half and place them face up on a cookie sheet. Once oven is hot, pop them in for 5 minutes.
  • While the muffins are toasting, use the cookie cutter to cut pumpkin shapes out of each slice of cheese.
  • Use a sharp pairing knife to cut triangle shapes for the eyes and they nose. 
  • Pull the muffins out of the oven and scoop about a 1/4c of meat mixture onto each muffin. Use the back of a spoon to flatten it down a bit.
  • Top each muffin with a jack o lantern shaped cheese slice. Put them back in the oven for 30-60 seconds so the cheese can melt a bit. This happens fast, so keep a close eye on it so you do not burn the cheese.

Nutrition

Serving: 2 muffin halvesCalories: 513kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 34gFat: 29gSaturated Fat: 14gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 112mgSodium: 550mgPotassium: 440mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 341IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 292mgIron: 3mg
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