Georgia Dining January 30, 2017
The Georgia Sandwich That’s Said To Be Straight From Heaven
Georgia residents are spoiled with a variety of amazing dishes and restaurants, or if you’re Al Hodges you might go as far as to say we’re blessed in this sense. Hiding away within a location in the city of Claxton, there’s a hoagie being served in this one sandwich shop that’s considered to be absolutely divine. Unfamiliar with this delectable dish? Then let us get you two introduced…
On a winter day in 1984, Al Hodges heard a heavenly voice tell him that his town needed a sandwich shop.
Speaking to what he believes to be the voice of God, Al explained that he had no funds to open up his own sandwich shop in that very moment. Al replied back to the universe explaining that if this was really God leading him to his destiny, he would find a way to open the shop.
Less than a year after hearing the suggestion from God, Al managed to secure a loan that would allow him to open up his very first sandwich shop.
Al's divine intervention was leading him to his destined and successful path of creating amazing sandwiches.
When opening day came and Al was uncertain of what to serve, once again a voice from the big man upstairs pointed him in the right direction.
Unsure of which ingredients to use, Al once again relied on his faith to guide him. It was in that moment that he heard a voice tell him what components would make up the now famous manna sandwich. Since this day the recipe for the manna sandwich has yet to change.
With his faith playing such a huge part in the opening of the shop, Al named the sandwich after the miracle food that once saved the Israelites.
Hodge's son still sells the famous manna sandwich in their Claxton restaurant to this day. Those who are truly fans of the unique sandwich can also find it at the Sandwich Depot in Reidsville.
So, what's inside this sandwich that will have you coming back for more?
The famous hoagie features hot seasoned beef, melted cheese and a creamy sauce that's made up of ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise and salad dressing. While many chefs like to keep their exact recipe a secret, Al says he'll share the manna recipe with anyone who asks for it! Al has said that when God gives you a gift, he doesn't mind you sharing it with everyone else.
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, you can view the recipe to make your own manna sandwich below (recipe makes enough for six 6-inch hoagies):
1 cup mayonnaise
½ cup Catalina or French dressing
¼ cup plus 2 tbsp. ketchup
¼ cup spicy brown mustard, preferably Gulden’s
2 tbsp. sugar
½ cup diced onion
¼ cup soy sauce, preferably Kikkoman’s
1 tbsp. dried parsley
1½ tsp. dried basil
½ tsp. garlic powder
2½ lb. ground chuck
¼ lb. Swiss cheese
6 6-inch hoagie rolls
Combine the first 5 ingredients in a bowl. Set aside.
Dice the onion and add it to a skillet over high heat with ¼ cup of water and soy sauce. Add herbs and garlic powder and cook for 5 minutes, or until liquid is mostly reduced. Add beef and continue to simmer until cooked through, about 10 minutes. Drain off fat.
Split the rolls. Slather them with sauce, and put cheese on top. Place them under the broiler until cheese melts, 1-2 minutes. Heap ground beef on each sandwich and serve.
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