Mom’s favorite…

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The sandwich was created first as a “steamed hamburger” in 1920 by Carroll Dietz of Missoula, Montana, and imitated in 1934 by Abraham Kaled at Ye Olde Tavern in Sioux City, Iowa. It is the latter location which gave the sandwich its name. Maid-Rite began selling their version of the sandwich in 1926 under the name “loose meat,” predating the name “tavern sandwich”. In Illinois, this sandwich is also known as a “loose hamburger sandwich”.

The tavern sandwich is unlike a hamburger, because a tavern’s meat is cooked loose rather than formed into a compact patty. It more closely resembles a sloppy joe, without the tomato sauce.

Tavern Sandwich {aka Loose Meat Sandwich}
Recipe by South Your Mouth

2 pounds ground beef
1 large onion, diced
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon mustard powder
1 teaspoon paprika
2 teaspoons black pepper
2 teaspoons worchestershire sauce
1 10.5-oz. can Beef Consommé
12 hamburger buns, toasted

In a large skillet, brown ground beef and onion over medium-high heat until beef is cooked through. Drain fat.

Add ground beef mixture and remaining ingredients to a large pot. Bring mixture to a simmer then reduce heat and cook on low, covered, for 4 hours.

To serve, scoop meat with a slotted spoon to allow excess broth to drain off and serve on a toasted bun. Serve with dill pickle chips, cheese, yellow mustard or other condiments of choice.

Crock Pot Variation:
In a large skillet, brown ground beef and onion over medium-high heat until beef is cooked through. Drain fat.

Add ground beef mixture and remaining ingredients to a crock pot and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours.

To serve, scoop meat with a slotted spoon to allow excess broth to drain off and serve on a toasted bun. Serve with dill pickle chips, cheese, yellow mustard or other condiments of choice.

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One Comment

  1. Erin said:

    I might have to try this with faux-meat. I used soy chorizo to make a Nick Tahoe’s Garbage Plate recently… was super yummy.

    January 2, 2015

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