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Hot Dagos

November 24, 2013

Hot Dagos are essentially a bigger spicier version of a meatball served as an open face sandwich. We had these growing up and when I did a quick search on this I was surprised to see that they were claimed as a regional favorite to Minnesota. I never realized it was a Minnesotan thing. You can either crockpot or bake these in the oven. This usually makes quite a bit of extra sauce. You might want to make pasta for the leftovers.

Hot Dago

Difficulty: Easy
Prep Time: 30 min
Cook Time: 90 min (if baking in an oven) or 5-6 hours in crockpot
Total Time: 2 hours if baking or 5.5 to 6.5 hours if crockpotting
Yield: 12 patties
Taste: Good

3 lbs Italian sausage or ground beef (I tried ground turkey instead once and it was too lean and made it tougher. You need some fat to make these a more tender.)
1 cup cracker crumbs (I typically use ~30 saltine crackers)
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 beaten egg
1 tsp. basil leaves
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper (I tend to double this to make it spicier)
1/4 tsp pepper
1 tsp oregano leaves
1 tsp parsley flakes

four 15 oz cans Hunts tomato sauce
one 6 oz can Hunts tomato paste

Other Ingredients
Italian loaf bread, sliced
Mozzarella cheese, shredded
Additional red pepper for topping

1) Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F if you are going to bake these in the oven.
2) Mix beaten egg and chopped onion together. Add in beef, cracker crumbs, and spices into a large bowl.
3) Form mixture into oval patties that will fit onto your sliced bread.
4) Place patties in a large baking dish.
5) To make the sauce combine tomato sauce and paste together well with an electric mixer.
6) Pour sauce over patties in the large baking dish.
7) Bake at 400 degrees F uncovered for 1 hour. Reduce temperature to 350 degrees F and continue baking covered for 30 minutes. If using a crockpot place patties in pot, cover with sauce, and cook on low for 5-6 hours.
8) Make sandwich by using a slice of Italian bread as the base, top with patty, sauce, cheese, and more red pepper if desired.

Hot Dago Crockpot

Source: Mother Margaret’s kitchen


From → Main Dish

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