Could be 4 stars, could be 5, all I know was this was a BIG HIT! I think I added garlic since anytime I use onion, I figure garlic goes with it. I am going to make this tonight and I think I'll use beef broth instead of water just to add to the beefy richness, but the water was certainly good. I took a tip from Chef John at foodwishes.com and his Sloppy Joe recipe, and I started with the meat and onions in a cold pan. As he put it, we want 'maximum crumbliness' and presumably the cold ban and all the breaking up of the meat and the simmering of the water will give you that.
I made this exactly as directed in this recipe and it was phenomenal. I consider myself a good cook who often doesn't need a recipe, but being from Texas I had never had these and just remembered the reference from the "Roseanne" sitcom. I followed this particular recipe because I wanted my first loose meat sandwhich to be the RIGHT loose meat sandwhich. I don't agree with folks who "try" a recipe for the first time and go into it by changing things. I was not dissappointed and will be making them again very soon. Thanks!!
You are a godsend. I grew up in Sioux City and was raised on these sandwiches once a week at least. Family special at Tastees or DQ or at nearly every bar worth going to... I moved to Georgia about two years ago and was shocked when the Dairy Queen here has never heard of these... You can't get them anywhere around here. I tried to satisfy my cravings with mamwich or other tomato based versions but there just not the same. Not even close. Then today I found your recipe... Long storie short, I just ate like 5 of these and my stomach feels like it is about to explode... And I still want another one... I created this account for the sole purpose of creating this review to say thank you. From the bottom of my heart... Thank you!
Oh My!!!! Made exactly as written!! May never eat ground meat patties again!! Delicious with no changes!!!!
These loose meat sandwiches are absolutely amazing! I also added swiss cheese. Def a hit in my house!! Thanks for sharing!
This is delicious, cheap and easy! Thanks!
Excellent! Made just as directed and toasted the buns. Will definitely make again!
I grew up in Sioux City in the 50's and 60's and the Tavern sandwich was a family favorite. I used to run down to the Tavern at lunch time from Central high school to have them. My favorite was the Cheese Tavern, simply the addition of a slice of American cheese. Lat year, my Mom was failing and we knew she wouldn't last more than a few weeks. We starting reminiscing about Taverns and my cousin Terry, also a fan, unearthed this recipe. I made them for Mom while she was still able to enjoy food and we were both in heaven, she just a wee bit early. What a taste memory! We were transported right back to the counter of Ye Olde Tavern. Zgreenberg
OMG - a friend forwarded this site and I am SO excited. If I had a dollar for every TAVERN I ate while living in Sioux City it would be a fortune. Over the years I have tried AND TRIED to duplicate the recipe but it was always a close and not a winner although who never had the real deal thought they were good. I totally agree with someone who said if there is a tomato product in it ... run. Many have advertised "the real deal" but were a huge disappointment so thank you thank you thank you!
I'm formally from Nebraska and have had loose meat sandwiches in many small Iowa towns. All are very good and most are great. It's been a while since I've been back, but I don't recall even one with onions in it. Is my memory going or is this recipe an anomaly? It would be great to have an authentic loose meat recipe, given that Iowa is 1600 miles away, but onions? I don't even like onions and never have, thus I would have noticed them.