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"The tradition of Italian cooking is that of the matriarch. This is the cooking of grandma. She didn't waste time thinking too much about the celery. She got the best celery she could and then she dealt with it."--Mario Batali

Lois Beck's Coney Sauce Recipe

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2 pt onions, chopped fine
8 cups tomato puree--divided
1 lb hamburger
1 stalk celery, chopped fine
3 tbsp green peppers
2 cloves of garlic
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tsp dry mustard
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp allspice
1 tbsp salt
1 tsp pepper
3 tbsp fresh horseradish
1 oz Worcestershire sauce
1/2 oz A-1 sauce
4 tsp cornstarch

Cook onions and tomato puree over low heat, stirring occasionally.

Add celery, green peppers and garlic and cook for a bit.

Brown hamburger and add to above mixture. Add 6 cups tomato puree and simmer.

In a large mixing bowl, mix together the brown sugar, dry mustard, cinnamon, allspice, salt, pepper, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce and A-1 sauce. Add to the hamburger/tomato mixture.

Stir together and simmer for 3 hours, stirring often

Add 4 tsp cornstarch dissolved with a little water before serving.
Can be frozen--this makes a lot!

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This is the actual recipe used by Beck's in Mt Vernon. Lois Beck was a sister to Uncle Willie's wife Betty, and she shared the secret recipe with her. Beck's was a drive in where the Burger King is located now. It was THE place to go on the weekends, and had the best coneys around! Fix this sauce and turn on some oldies!




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