Freezer Meal Recipes: Open Faced Sloppy Joes

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Open Faced Sloppy Joe Sandwiches OR Sloppy Joe Pizzas?

 open faced sloppy joes

This week in honor of groundhogs day we are each predicting if we think it will be a long winter or an early spring. I think it will be a long winter, but I made something that would be great to eat and prepare in winter or in spring. In fact I added freezer meal instructions so you can even make sloppy joes now during winter and save them until spring in your freezer.

I created this recipe a few weeks ago when I wanted to use up the last of the artisan bread I had bought at Costco. I bought the Roasted Garlic 2 pack to try it out and we really liked it. We first served it with Zuppa Toscana Soup and put these garlic herb seasonings on it. Which was fantastic! But we did not go through both packs so I wanted to come up with another way to use the artisian bread. Plus like most nights I did not have a lot of time and I knew I had some sloppy joe meat in the freezer. So I threw this simple Open Faced Sloppy Joe recipe together.

sloppy joe freezer meal

Remove Sloppy Joe Meat from the freezer and let it thaw or prepare Sloppy Joe Meat Recipe. You could also use Manwich if you really want to simplify life. Cathy told me yesterday that Manwich is all she serves to her family and they really like it.

artisan bread

Slice Artisan Bread 1-2 inches thick and arrange on a baking sheet. I like to use my silicone baking mats because they are non-stick and reusable. My silicone mats make for a very easy clean up! I simply have to rinse them off.

sloppy joe meat

Place sloppy joe meat on top of the bread.

open face sloppy joes

Sprinkle grated mozzarella cheese over the top of the meat.

sloppy joe pizzas

Bake the Sloppy Joes in a 350° oven for 10 minutes or until meat is warm and cheese is melted.


This Sloppy Joe recipe can easily be made as a Freezer Meal recipe so I also included instructions for freezer meal preparation. Did you know that we have over 78 freezer meal recipes that you can make for your family? Plus we have full instructions to help you start your own freezer meal group.


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Freezer Meal Recipes: Open Faced Sloppy Joes

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Prep Time: 10 mins | Cook Time: 10-20 mins
Serves: 4-6


  • Sloppy Joe Meat - Here is my recipe for Sloppy Joes.
  • Cibatta Bread or Artisan Bread
  • Mozzarella Cheese


  1. 1. Slice your bread 1-2 inches thick.
  2. 2. Top with Sloppy Joe Meat
  3. 3. Top with grated mozzarella cheese.
  4. 4. Bake in oven at 350 about 10 minutes until cheese melts and meat is warmed through.
  5. To Prepare as a Freezer Meal:
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  7. 1. Prepare Sloppy Joe Meat. Let cool and place in quart size freezer bags. Freeze for later.
  8. 2. Grate 1-2 cups mozzarella and place in a quart size freezer bag and freeze for later.
  9. 3. Keep the bread in the bag it came from and put it in the freezer.
  10. 4. When ready to eat remove bread, meat and cheese from the freezer and let them thaw completely. It is safest to let the meat thaw in the fridge. So you may want to take it out a little earlier than the other two items. Allow 6-8 hours to thaw. So take out the night before to be sure they are ready when you need them.
  11. 5. Assemble the same as described above.
  12. Optional: You can buy the bread and cheese when you are ready to make the meal and only freeze the meat if you want to have extra fresh ingredient. Just keep in mind that this requires more thinking ahead.

Ingredients: Beef
Meal Type: Main Dish
Categories: Sandwiches and Burgers

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