You’ve heard of Sloppy Joes, well now enters the Sloppy Mary! Sauteed onion and Gimme Lean Ground Veggie Sausage, cooked with pink beans, tomato paste, spices, Worcestershire sauce and horseradish till you reach your desired thickness. Serve on a bun with a cold beer, and Sloppy Joe now has a cousin!
Makes 4 cups Sloppy Mary Mix
1/4 c. extra virgin olive oil
2 sm. yellow onion, diced into 3/8 inch squares
14 oz. tube of gimme Lean Sausage, thawed
15.5 oz. can pink beans, including liquid (locate in Mexican section of grocery)
12 oz. can tomato paste
2-3 T. light brown sugar, depending on how acidic the tomato paste is
2 T. Worcestershire sauce
1 T. prepared horseradish
2 t. finely ground fennel seed
1 t. garlic powder
1 t. ground coriander
1/2 t. celery seed
1/4 t. ground allspice
salt to taste
freshly ground black pepper to taste
1-1/2 c. water
sandwich buns (I used hot dog buns, but use whatever you like)
In large skillet, over medium heat, melt oil. Add onion and saute till partially wilted.
Add Gimme Lean Sausage, breaking it into skillet with fingers. Saute till browned, breaking it a little more with spoon.
Cook a few minutes longer to dry it, then mash the sausage a little with potato masher – not too much.
Add remaining ingredients, except buns. Stir well to incorporate water and paste into other ingredients.
Cook on medium-low heat, uncovered, 30 minutes, stirring often till the Sloppy Mary Mix is the consistency you want for the buns.
Adjust for salt and pepper and serve in buns.
Notes: I love these little sandwiches. The next time you have a get together for a game, make and serve these Sloppy Marys and see how your friends and family like them. I think they’ll love them as much as I do.
It’s also a conversation piece and icebreaker food that everybody will talk about. ‘I was going to make Sloppy Joes, but decided to make Sloppy Marys instead.”
“Sloppy Mary, what’s a Sloppy Mary”.
“Any vodka in that Sloppy Mary?”
Hey, not a bad idea, but if there are kids there stick with the alcohol-free version. I don’t know how vodka would go with fennel. Maybe yes, maybe no. I haven’t tried it, so I don’t know.
Try this way first, then next time experiment.