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    World Famous Horseshoe Sandwich

    World Famous Horseshoe Sandwich. Photo by Rod_R

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    35 mins

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    hopeful's Note:

    "Horseshoes" are a Springfield, Illinois original, first created by the chef at the "The Red Coach" for his luncheon clientèle. The story goes that he had a lot of extra cheese sauce left over one day and decided to throw it over the "chopped steak" and gravy sandwiches the patrons were always ordering. He added some shoestring potatoes on top, and a sensation was born! This recipe is a update of the original (which called for a whole cup of flour!) and your family will positively beg for more. Don't skimp on the cheese sauce. If your appetite is smaller, cut this in half. Then you have what we call around here, a "pony shoe"!

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    1. 1
      SANDWICH PART: Form 6 hamburgers and season to taste.
    2. 2
      Cook them, trying to keep them as evenly flat as you can.
    3. 3
      Keep warm.
    4. 4
      Begin to fry french fries.
    5. 5
      Keep warm.
    6. 6
      Toast bread until crisp.
    7. 7
      SAUCE: Melt the butter in a heavy saucepan.
    8. 8
      Stir in the flour.
    9. 9
      Cook, stirring, 5 minutes.
    10. 10
      Gradually stir in the 4 cups milk.
    11. 11
      Stir and cook until thick.
    12. 12
      Transfer to a large microwave-safe bowl.
    13. 13
      Whisk in the evaporated milk until smooth.
    14. 14
      Add the cut up Velveeta (OR Cheddar).
    15. 15
      Microwave for 6 minutes.
    16. 16
      Take out and stir.
    17. 17
      Add the Worcestershire and hot pepper sauce.
    18. 18
      Microwave for another 3 minutes or so, or until the sauce is smooth and hot.
    19. 19
      Take out and taste for Worcestershire and hot sauce.
    20. 20
      Place spoon you were stirring with on a clean plate, away from the stove.
    21. 21
      If mixture seems to harden too fast upon cooling, add a bit more milk.
    22. 22
      Note: I know this seems like a lot of cheese sauce and you may cut it down if you wish, but the cheese sauce is the main attraction here.
    23. 23
      It is hard to have "too much"!
    24. 24
      Assembly is in this order: toast, hamburger, lots of cheese sauce and french fries.
    25. 25
      I promise, you'll have no leftovers.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on September 03, 2002


      I'm also from spingfield I made horseshoes earlier today but I made buffalo chicken I used tyson breaded chicken tenders and mixed up some red hot and butter diped the tenders as soon as they came out of the deep fryer and set it up just as this recipe and they were great every buffalo chicken fan I know loves em great recipe I would give 10 stars

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    • on April 29, 2002

      We used to go to a place in Litchfield, Illinois that served their Horseshoe Sandwich with shaved ham or turkey instead of hamburger. That's the way my family likes it. Either way, these are great! Thanks for the recipe.

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    • on July 18, 2009


      Velveeta??? No.

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    Nutritional Facts for World Famous Horseshoe Sandwich

    Serving Size: 1 (665 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 1886.6
    Calories from Fat 1012
    Total Fat 112.5 g
    Saturated Fat 61.3 g
    Cholesterol 384.2 mg
    Sodium 4698.3 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 126.3 g
    Dietary Fiber 5.2 g
    Sugars 20.8 g
    Protein 91.5 g

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