Saturday, February 18, 2012

Joe's Special

My fridge was looking a little sparse.  Having come back from Vermont, I didn't have a ton of food, but I  left out some ground beef to dethaw before heading to work and hoped inspiration would come to me.  So in my quest to find a new ground beef recipe, I came across "Joe's Special." 

There are various forms of Joe's Special to be found.  Originated in San Francisco, it's a combination of ground beef, onions, spinach, and eggs served on garlic bread.  So I figured I could take a spin on it and come up with a good dish.  This was a cheap and easy way to get rid of some of the things in my fridge and it turned out great for dinner and great the next day for breakfast.  Versatile and filling.  

1 medium onion
3 T butter
1 T olive oil
1 lb ground beef
2 cloves garlic
1 large bunch of spinach
6 eggs
2 T paprika
1/2 t white pepper
1/2 t salt
2 pieces of bread

Melt 1 T of butter and the olive oil in a large dutch oven over medium heat.

Chop the onion coarsely and add to the butter and oil.

While the onion sautees, mix the eggs, paprika, white pepper and salt.

 Once the onion has softened, add the ground beef to the mix.

Brown the meat and then add in the spinach.  

Stir in the spinach.

Cover the mix with the lid and let sit for approximately 5 minutes.  While the mixture cooks, soften the butter and put the garlic through a garlic press or mince well.

Mix well with a spoon.

Remove the lid from the mixture and add the eggs.  Stir well.

Toast the bread and spread the garlic spread on the toast.  

Put a pile of the egg/meat/spinach mixture on the bread and enjoy!

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