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    Joe's Special (Ground Beef, Spinach & Eggs)

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    20 mins

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    15 mins

    ClareVH's Note:

    According to my cookbooks, Joe's Special is a San Francisco specialty dating to the 1920's. I have seen several versions; what they all have in common is ground beef, spinach and eggs. This is not fancy, but it makes a great main dish for a light supper or brunch. I like to serve this with toasted Beer Bread and a fresh fruit salad.

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    1. 1
      Beat the eggs and set aside for step 7.
    2. 2
      Heat the oil and butter in a large heavy skillet over medium heat.
    3. 3
      When the butter has melted, add the ground beef and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned and crumbly.
    4. 4
      Add the onion and garlic and cook until the onion is tender but not browned.
    5. 5
      Stir in the spinach, basil, oregano and nutmeg.
    6. 6
      If using fresh spinach, cook until the spinach wilts.
    7. 7
      Add the beaten eggs to the beef/spinach mixture and cook until the eggs are set, about 3 minutes.
    8. 8
      Add salt and pepper to taste.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on March 22, 2011


      I added cooked rice and Feta cheese-Wonderful!

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    • on January 07, 2010


      I made this recipe with ground turkey instead, with baby spinach, and added quinoa to make it a bit more hearty yet healthy and it was really good! Considering turkey has less sodium, I would have added more salt in hindsight, and I can see how the flavors may need more time to come out in full force so I can't wait to try the leftovers tomorrow. I will be making this one again, thx!

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    • on October 23, 2009


      A version of this recipe is one of our favourites. I usually use 4 tablespoons butter (no oil) and I add about 1/4lb sliced mushrooms that I saute with the onions and 6 eggs, instead of 4. Excellent served with sourdough bread

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    Nutritional Facts for Joe's Special (Ground Beef, Spinach & Eggs)

    Serving Size: 1 (231 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 376.8
    Calories from Fat 208
    Total Fat 23.1 g
    Saturated Fat 8.5 g
    Cholesterol 267.3 mg
    Sodium 292.1 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 8.7 g
    Dietary Fiber 4.3 g
    Sugars 1.8 g
    Protein 34.3 g

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