Ahhhh....Beef Manhattans ..... or simply call it - Hoosier comfort food at its best!
I know.... it's an Indiana thing.
But I can't tell you how many of these I ate as a kid growing up in Indianapolis.
Never heard of it?
A Beef Manhattan is basically a roast beef sandwich, cut corner to corner with a big scoop of mashed potatoes in the middle, and then completely smothered in brown gravy.
Wikipedia even has an entry for it:
The dish was first served under the name "Beef Manhattan" in a now defunct Indianapolis deli in the late 1940s where it gained traction as a Hoosier staple. In Indiana, it is served on bread. The roast beef is sliced and put on bread like a sandwich, then cut corner to corner and plated in a V shape. Mashed potatoes are served between the two halves, and the whole is covered in gravy.
Yumminess on a plate, that's what Beef Manhattans were, and a big part of my childhood.
Hmmm….I sense a recipe coming.
No Beef Manhattan
Yesterday as I was rummaging around in my fridge looking for something yummy to eat, I spied a container of my awesome Vegan Gravy, and some leftover mashed potatoes and I instantly thought of beef manhattans.
But now that I'm a brand new vegan - what would I use to replace the roast beef?
All I had to do was open up the freezer, and there it was. A bag of frozen vegetables, specifically another Hoosier favorite, a bag of peas, corn, and carrots.
I whipped those bad boys into the microwave, made myself a 'veggie sandwich', scooped in the mashed taters, and smothered the whole thing in gravy.
I just created a No Beef Manhattan.
And it was AWESOME!!!
(Note: You can use any sandwich filling you like, not just veggies. My Meatlovers Seitan Metaloaf, for example, would be really good on a sandwich. Anything that tastes good covered in gravy will do. )
Warm, starchy, filling, and full of creamy gravy goodness. That's what I'm talking about. And I never missed the roast beef - at all.
This is a great recipe for using up leftovers, so give it a try.
You don't have to be from Indiana to enjoy it, but if you DO find yourself humming "Back Home Again in Indiana"….well……..Jim Nabors would be proud. 🙂
A No Beef Manhattan is my version of an Indiana favorite. A veggie sandwich cut V-shaped, with a big scoop of potatoes in the center, smothered in gravy. Hoosier yumminess!
- 1 bag Frozen Vegetables (OR...)
- 2 slices Seitan Meatloaf ((optional))
- 2 slices Your Favorite Bread
- 1 scoop Mashed Potatoes
- 1 cup My Fat-Free Vegan Gravy recipe. ((recipe below))
- Prepare your mashed potatoes
- Cook your frozen vegetables according to the instructions on bag
- Using the veggies, make a 'veggie sandwich'.
- Cut it corner to corner and separate.
- Scoop your mashed potatoes in between
- Smother the whole thing in gravy