I was told this dish tastes like “holiday meat,” whatever that means. It’s basically like a bolognese with really odd spicing. I guess ginger, clove and cinnamon reminds some people of ham, which makes sense. According to Fieri, this is suppose to be his take on Cincinnati chili, which explains the seasoning. I thought Fieri’s spice measurements were a bit too much (my mouth was on fire from the ginger), so I dialed it down in my version.
If you don’t want to use a fake meat, tempeh steamed for 15 minutes and then crumbled would be a fantastic substitution!