Until a few years ago I had never heard the term mash-up. It wasn’t until the first season of Glee that I figured out that it referred to mixing two songs together to make a new one. Now, food mash-ups are everywhere these days. If you haven’t heard of a Cronut yet, then you must not live in or around New York City. This croissant-pastry, cream-filled doughnut is the latest food mash-up to drive everyone in “The City” insane. When I was there last week the corner store was selling ripoff Cronuts that were pink and very much “CroNOTS”. If you happen to see the line-free ripoffs, don’t-do-it. Trust me on this one.
New York food trends aside, food mash-ups have sneaked into our everyday foods too. Admit it; at least one of you has started a fight with your husband’s cousin’s boyfriend over those Philly Cheesesteak spring rolls passed around at weddings these days. The pizza mash-ups are everywhere. Ever had a moment of weakness and ordered (or almost ordered) the meatball pizza at the place at the mall? I even had a slice of vodka sauce and fresh mozzarella pizza in NYC last week – it worked – big time!
There are some notably bad food mash-ups too. Even though it wasn’t repulsive, I’m still against the lobster and drawn butter ice cream, and I think that the chocolate eclair hot dog is just wrong in so many ways!
Today’s recipe is in the spirit of all those good mash-ups. All the flavor of Chicken Marsala from an Italian red-sauce joint is mashed together with the comfort-food classic–Sloppy Joe. It’s full of mushroom and Marsala flavor piled high on a hearty roll, slathered with pesto and covered in melted mozzarella. It is sloppy – very sloppy. The fair-hearted among us may move to a fork and knife to finish it off. Beneath it’s whimsical creation and name is a great meal though. It’s full flavored without drowning in fat, and there’s twice as much mushrooms as animal protein to stretch the meat out (both for sustainable and economical reasons.) Your mushroom lovers will love this; your Sloppy Joe fans will love this and everyone else will too. Enjoy!