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Sloppy Joes served by St. Bernard’s School Fondly Remembered

Posted by eastsidehistorymadison on February 22, 2010

Lowell School may have been Madison’s first school to participate in the federal hot lunch program, but the teaching sisters of St. Bernards’ School had them beat with hot lunches that featured “home cooking” favorites like Sloppy Joe sandwiches.

Jackie Senteney Currie Straavaldsen brought memories AND a recipe for St. Bernard’s Sloppy Joes to the February 20th meeting of the East Side History Club.

Jackie writes, “All five of my kids went to Saint Bernard’s School and raved about the Sloppy Joes. I asked them to get the recipe–no one did–until my youngest, Tracy Currie, brought it home from 8th grade.”

Many attendees clamored for a copy of the recipe and here it is:

You may cook this recipe on top of stove or bake it in the oven. If you choose the oven, preheat to 350 degrees. Jackie prefers the stovetop method.

4 lbs. ground beef

1 cup finely chopped celery

1 cup finely chopped onions

1 1/2 cup catsup

1/4 cup mustard

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup vinegar

salt and pepper to taste

Brown the meat and onions. Add remaining ingredients. If cooked on top of the stove, add 1/2 to 1 cup of water and simmer 30 minutes.

Or omit water, cover pan tightly, and bake in 350 degree oven for 1 hour.

St. Bernard’s school and convent, 1950. Photo courtesy of Thomas Moore.

4 Responses to “Sloppy Joes served by St. Bernard’s School Fondly Remembered”

  1. Jeff said

    Great photo! Where was this building in relation to the church at the corner of Atwood Ave & Corry St?

  2. eastsidehistorymadison said

    The building stood where the low modern school building is now. To the right of it stood the old rectory that became the nun’s convent-home, just visible at the right in this picture. And next to that stands the church that still stands today–St. Bernard’s Catholic Church.

    There’s a good article and photos about the church and school in An East Side Album–check it out! For sale at the Goodman Community Center, $20.

  3. Cheryl (Cullen) Schuelke said

    Remember the lunches well. We used to eat fast so we could get in line for seconds. however, there was always a lot of vegetable soup left over. The few kids who liked it got 7 or 8 bowls from their table neighbors. My parents could not afford the eighth grade class trip to Chicago. The hot lunch ladies raised enough money to pay my fare plus four other kids. They were great, always cheerful.

  4. aaron said

    When was this building and the rectory torn down??

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