Anyone who lived in or visited the Washington, D.C. area from the 1940s through the 1950s will remember The Mighty Mo featured at The Hot Shoppes. This recipe is for everyone who suffers from withdrawal after Mariott closed these restaurants down. Named for the Battleship, The Mighty Mo, people would drive for miles for just one Mighty Mo hamburger and its incredible thousand island-like sauce! Sadly, they've almost all disappeared from the D.C. Scene. But you MIGHT find a Mighty Mo at the three remaining Hot Shoppes cafeterias -- at Prince George's Plaza, Crystal City and Marlow Heights.

And now, the recipe ...


1/2 c. Hunt's Ketchup (no substitutes)
1/4 c. chili sauce
1-1/2 tsp. A-1 Sauce
1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
2 drops Tabasco Sauce
1/2 c. finely chopped sweet pickle
1-1/4 c. mayonnaise

Combine ketchup, chili sauce, A-1 Sauce, Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco Sauce. Add pickle to sauce mixture. Combine the sauce-pickle mixture with mayonnaise, stirring until well-blended. Store in a tightly covered container in refrigerator until needed.


1 uncut sesame seed hamburger roll/bun
1 T. softened margarine
2 hamburger patties, each two ounces
Salt to taste
White pepper to taste
1 T. shredded lettuce
1 slice American cheese
4 tsp. Mighty Mo sauce
2 dill pickle chips

Cut hamburger roll crosswise into three equal slices. Spread bottom, top and one side of center cut of bun with margarine. Grill bun until lightly browned and heated throughout.

Shape hamburger into thin 4-inch diameter patties. Grill very lightly on both sides. Do no overcook. Grill second hamburger very lightly on one side, turn and top with American cheese and grill lightly. Do not overcook.

Spread two teaspoons of Mighty Mo sauce on bottom of roll. Top dressing with shredded lettuce, then hamburger. Top hamburger with middle layer of bun, grilled side up. Spread with remaining Mighty Mo sauce.

Top with cheeseburger. Place pickle chips on cheese. Cover with top of bun. Do not cut.


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