Mini Jack-o’-Lantern Sloppy Joe Pies #SundaySupper

This year Sunday Supper is celebrating Halloween. And I have to confess I wasn’t really sure what to do because I’ve never gotten into Halloween. I didn’t grow up in a country that celebrated it and it wasn’t really that big in the UK when my husband was growing up. So I just never thought to get into it as an adult. For the longest time I associated it as the holiday that celebrated my least favourite things; candy corn, candied apples and getting scared. Everyone I knew seemed to love going to haunted houses and watching scary movies. And if there is one thing that I hate it is being scared. I don’t get the fascination with fear and avoid it at all cost. But this past year I have had a few people in my life that really got into Halloween in a different kind of way and it has shown me that it can be a lot of fun. And while Halloween doesn’t have a strong chance of being a much adored holiday in my house I am starting to see the fun and wanting to find ways of enjoying it more so that when my daughter is older, if she wants to get into it, I will be ready to dive in.

For my Halloween treat I decided I didn’t want to go down the traditional sweet route and thought why not show creative ways to bring Halloween treats to dinner. It might be a lot of work if you are making it for a big group but it could easily be a fun activity to get the kids into decorating their own sloppy joe pie.

Mini Jack-o’-Lantern Sloppy Joe Pies

1 Tbsp olive oil
2 carrots, shredded
1 green pepper, chopped
1 hot pepper minced
1 medium onion, minced
500g (1 lb) minced beef
120g (1/2 c) ketchup
1 400g (15 oz) can whole tomatoes, puréed
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsp red wine (or red wine vinegar)
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
Pinch cayenne pepper
Freshly ground black pepper
1 pkg ready made pie crust
1 egg
orange food colouring

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