Maid Rites


For Bettie and all fans of Maid Rites (Loose meat sandwiches) I tried this recipe. Bettie says yes this is the right one and I made up a half pound of ground beef into sandwiches and froze them so she would have them for work.

Lyle and I are not fans of these, I really think you have to have lived in Iowa longer than we have. If you watched Roseanne Barr on TV, she bought a cafe in Iowa and served loose meat sandwiches because she thought they were so good. So for all of you that want to try them, these are simple, easy and Bettie says tasty. There are still Maid Rite Cafes in Iowa and many of them have been in business a long time.

Maid Rites
1 pound ground beef
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 ½ cups chicken broth 
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
DIRECTIONS
Crumble ground beef into a hot skillet; sprinkle with the onion powder. Cook over medium high heat stirring to break up the meat into small crumbles (they should be very fine). When brown add the broth, salt and pepper. Cook until most of the liquid has evaporated. Serve on buns with mustard and chopped onion, add ketchup if you like and dill pickles.
*I used a potato masher to get them really fine.  
This can be made up ahead of time and reheated when ready to use. I froze the ones I made in the buns to be reheated later.

10 comments:

  1. When we were square dancing, we had friends in Iowa and would travel there for square dances. They would serve these sandwiches for lunch break. We actually had a restaurant open here in Phoenix serving these, but unfortunately it did't last very long. Actually My very, very favorite Iowa meal was always the pork tenderloin. Oh yes.

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    1. OH, yes, The Iowa Pork Tenderloin is the favorite of a lot of Iowans. You might have to try the Maid Rites to see if they are like what you remember.

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  2. Living in Iowa my whole life I didn't realize til adulthood that Maid Rites were an "Iowa thing". The town I grew up near served them every week during their summer night in the park, as well at all ball games, church ice cream socials, etc.

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    1. I really do think they are mostly an Iowan thing. I don't remember ever having them in Minnesota where Sue and I grew up.

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  3. Nothing holding them together? They must be messy. Love your blog and read it every day. Cole slaw to freeze? Yay!

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    1. Carol, Yes, nothing holding them together and they are messy. Guess you have to be an Iowan to eat them?

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    2. Myrna, I so agree; gotta be an Iowan to have enjoyed these. Basically grew up eating these.
      Messy...........Yes; but Oh, So Good.
      Want alittle heat, add some hot sauce or maybe even some candied Jalapenos to the meat mixture like our son-in-law does.
      I always like to have some of this meat mixture in the freezer; something to have in a last minute thing if need be.

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    3. Now the idea of hot sauce sounds good. Bettie adds ketchup, mustard and onion to hers. Frozen sure makes them a last minute thing.

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    4. I have lived in Iowa my whole life, love Maid Rites! I believe they were started in a Marshalltown? They were served with mustard and pickle...you had to ask for ketchup! And served with a spoon of course to get all the bits ! Not sure of all the recipes going around, which one is the real thing ; trying them out-and eating at the Maid Rite!
      The Tenderloins are as good, but you must know where to go to get good ones, so if you're new here, ask around.......Iowa Pork is the secret!

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    5. Since I don't eat them I don't know for sure, but Bettie who is a fan of Maid Rites thinks these are very close. Of course you have to supply the pickle and mustard. Now tenderloins are a different matter!

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