CNYEats A Taste of Utica: Michigan Sauce

by Joanne on February 7, 2010

Don’t be thrown for a loop by the title.  First of all, this IS a Utica recipe and second, this is NOT just a sauce.  This is a meal. 


This weeks recipe was posted by Chris and is on page 39 of our book, A Taste of Utica


My nephew wrote this one down for me”


Michigan Sauce

  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 TBS butter (or use olive oil)
  • 2 TBS vinegar (I used red wine vinegar for the meat version and red wine for the meatless)
  • 2 TBS brown sugar
  • 4 TBS lemon juice
  • 1/2 TBS prepared mustard
  • 3 TBS Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup Ketchup
  • 1/2 lb hamburg (or use a Vegetarian Meat Crumble substitute) DSC_3359
  • salt and pepper to taste

Cook the onions until soft over medium heat, about 10 minutes.


 Add other ingredients with exception of hamburg (or substitute).  Sauté hamburg in a separate pan. Combine with sauce.  Simmer about half an hour. Makes 1 pint of sauce.  Serve over Hot Dogs – or Italian Turkey Sausages or Vegetarian Soy Dogs


The result of this easy recipe was a rich, hearty tasty topping for any food from rice and pasta to hot dogs and sausage.  Onions are always the classic complement to beef.  There is a tanginess that works on the tongue in the most magnificent way.  I made a double batch and was SO glad I did.  Both Meat AND MeatLESS! 


You will definitely be making Michigan Sauce time and time again. Keep the recipe handy!


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  • At 2010.02.07 17:45, kathyvegas said:

    This may be the ultimate hot dog sauce…your close up image of the hot dog with the sauce on it is the poster child for all coney dogs!

    • At 2010.02.08 07:00, Joanne said:

      Kathyvegas: Thanks so much. Made my Monday. 🙂

      • At 2010.02.08 09:55, Dawn Hutchins said:

        This looks nice and hearty for the cold weather. Yum!

        • At 2010.02.08 10:29, Joanne said:

          Thanks Dawn: You had a GREAT recipe for fresh dill. I love it.

          • At 2010.02.09 10:28, Liz said:

            I’m not usually a fan of chili dogs or hot dogs or the like, but this looks so good! I first looked at this last night while I was waiting for Ryan to get home for dinner… big mistake! The picture made me so hungry lol Is the sauce sort of barbecue sauce like?

            • At 2010.02.09 10:59, Joanne said:

              Liz: Very BBQ sauce like.

              • […] toppings on my pizza were:  Vegetarian Michigan Sauce (the Taste of Utica recipe from February- YUM!), 2 sliced tomatoes – sprinkled with basil, salt, […]

                • At 2011.07.06 21:06, Jim said:

                  The Michigan sauce we tried in the Potsdam/Malone area (on Michigan dogs) used something closer to a Greek meat sauce, much like the meat sauce on Troy-area little hot dogs. This recipe looks and sounds very different. Now I’m even more tempted to go to Plattsburgh and see what their Michigan sauce is like.

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