Rhode Island has its own verson of a sloppy Joe. It's called a Dynamite in Northern Rhode Island (a torpedo in other parts of the state) and it's perfect football food with beef and spices and rolls.
This recipe comes from the great granddaughter of the Woonsocket woman who is credited with making them as far back as the '20s.
In a large saucepan, sauté diced peppers, onions and tomatoes in butter until soft. Add the water. Cook for a minute or two until the vegetables are blended. In same pot, add ground hamburger and cook until evenly browned and most of the water dissipates.
Using a ladle, spoon off grease from top of the meat. A little bit left is fine but you do not want a lot. Then, add the tomato paste or homemade sauce and seasonings. The consistency should not be too loose or mushy. Add just enough paste to coat the meat.
Sample the dynamite. You may want to add a bit more seasonings to desired taste. The dynamite will be stronger if left to mesh overnight, so keep this in mind when adding more seasonings.
The dynamite must sit in the fridge (covered, in the same pot) for a day so that all of the spices blend. It tastes much better when this step is taken. The dynamite can be reheated in the same pot on the stove or on the side burner of a grill. Serve on torpedo rolls (see note 3).
Note 1: You can use up to 5 pounds of meat without the need to double ingredients.
Note 2: We also used 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil or canola oil.
Note 3: Calise Bakery or Lil’ General Stores sell torpedo rolls.
The dynamite recipe can also be used as a topping on hot dogs.
Yield: Feeds a crowd.