I was in Rhode Island last week for a family reunion. I can’t go to Rhode Island without savoring the local cuisine (caw fee milk, Del’s, hot weeniz, clam cakes, and kwah hawgs :-)). One favorite of mine is Olneyville NY System hot wieners.
As legend has it, in the 1930’s, Greek immigrants Nicholas Stevens and his father Anthony moved from Brooklyn to Rhode Island, and opened a small restaurant at 8 Olneyville Square. They served hot wieners and a small lunch menu. Since 1946, the Stevens family has served Rhode Island’s own culinary favorite, NY System hot wieners. You can read more about the history of NY System Wieners and hot wiener sauce on the web. If you’re a fan of hot wiener sauce, Like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter. You can also check out scenes from Man vs. Nation on YouTube.
Olneyville NY System Hot Wiener Sauce Recipe #1
- 1 pound ground beef 80% or less
- ½ spanish or yellow onion finely chopped
- ½ cup soybean olive, vegetable oil or shortening
- 2 tablespoons NY System Wiener spice mix
- 1 pound natural casing wieners
- yellow mustard
- chopped spanish or yellow onions
- celery salt
- 6-8 steamed buns
Heat oil in a 2 quart saucepan over medium heat.
Add onion and simmer until brown.
Stir in spice mix and then crumble beef into mixture. Mix well.
Simmer, covered, for 1 hour and stir occasionally. Mash with a potato masher for finer consistency. If the sauce is too dry after a half hour, add more oil.
Steam or simmer wieners until hot.
Steam buns to get spongy texture. Wrap bun in a paper towel, and place in microwave for 5 seconds on high or until buns become soft and spongy. Don't over microwave or buns will become hard.
Place wiener in bun, then top with mustard, followed by wiener sauce, finely chopped onions, and celery salt. Serve immediately.
Recipe NotesThis recipe is slightly adapted from Olneyville NY System Hot Wiener Sauce Spice Mix package and the Olneyville [website|http://olneyvillenewyorksystem.com/].
Hot Wiener Sauce Recipe #2
- 1 pound hamburger
- 3 tablespoons margarine
- 1 small onion
- 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 ½ tablespoons chili powder
- ½ teaspoon allspice
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 pinch black pepper
- 1 cup water
Fry hamburger with onion, spices and margarine or shortening until the meat is brown.
Add the water, and continue to cook the meat mixture, while mashing the hamburger into tiny pieces. Cook slowly until all the water is dissolved. If the consistency is too thick, add more margarine or shortening.
Boil or steam the hot dogs (use and all beef hot dog as a replacement for the wieners).
Steam the hot dog buns by wrapping them in a paper towel, and place in microwave for a few seconds on high. Place hot dog in bun, followed by mustard, wiener sauce, finely chopped onions, and then celery salt.
Hot Wiener Sauce Recipe #3
- 3 pounds ground beef
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 2 teaspoons dry mustard
- ½ teaspoon ground allspice
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon onion salt
- ½ teaspoon garlic salt
- ½ teaspoon celery salt
- ¼ teaspoon minced fresh
- ginger root
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce
- 10 ounces ketchup
Place ground beef in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown; drain.
Mix the chili powder, dry mustard, allspice, nutmeg, onion salt, garlic salt, celery salt, ginger root, cumin, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce and ketchup into the skillet. Simmer at least 1 hour, until a desirable consistency has been attained. Serve hot.
Olneyville NY System Wiener hot sauce spice mix is sold locally in Rhode Island at Stop and Shop grocery stores or online at Only in Rhode Island. In case you can’t get it, try one of these recipes. They can be found on Rhode Island Pages in Time along with other hot wiener sauce recipes.