Talk to me about "Loose meat" and "maid-rites"
Growing up in Iowa and eating a lot of Maid Rites (and losing many young brain cells at the Maid Rite Tavern (not the sandwich shop) on 1st Ave in Cedar Rapids) I assure you that a traditional Maid Rite is not really as fancy as the recipes above. They are gussied up versions of a very basic recipe.
It is essentially crumbled browned ground beef (some places dont really brown just cook) simmered with slivered onions (very often dehydrated) and broth. Generaly chicken broth but some swear by beef. It served dry and not sloppy on a soft hamburger bun.
Its not uncommon to add a piquant touch using vinegar or mustard or sweet using ketchup or sugar.
Recipes that call for soy sauce or Worcestershire sauce are probably developed by experienced cooks who know how to bring some umami to the party.
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Agreed. I grew up in Iowa City, and while the loosemeat sandwich (served at the Maid-Rite chain) wasn't too apparent to me as a regional specialty as a kid, I've sampled several now that I know it is a "regional specialty". It is definitely loose ground beef with very little seasoning other than salt and pepper. I don't think it is usually browned either. I don't think the Maid-Rite brand has onion in their mix, but I might be mis-remembering. It is better than it sounds from my description. The salt and whatever other subtle seasonings are added enhance the beefiness of the meat. In any case, it is distinct from the sloppy joe (which contains tomato/ketchup/bbq elements) and is definitely minimally seasoned. (You are allowed to put toppings on the loose meat.)
Exactly the same. Maid-Rite is a chain that serves Loosemeat Sandwiches.
As for what it is, I described it on my blog "A loose meat sandwich is like a “Sloppy Joe” but not sloppy. Like a burger but not formed."
Unsauced seasoned ground beef served on a hamburger bun. Add cheese and you get a Cheese-Rite and Maid-Rite in Greenville, Oh (Not part of the chain) serves one with sliced cheese and black forest ham called a Big Jim. It's excellent.
Haven't tried this, but it looks good:
Copycat Maid-Rite Loose Meat Sandwich Filling
In a crock pot set on low for 6 hours
combine the following ingredients and mix well:
1 lb 85% lean hamburger
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp soy sauce
1/4 tsp sweet paprika
4 tsp cider vinegar
1/2 Cup chicken broth
1 small yellow onion, finely diced
3 oz Coca-cola
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp black Pepper
1 tsp granulated sugar
Serve with a slotted spoon on hamburger buns with chopped onion, yellow mustard and dill pickle slices. Add Ketchup if desired.
Though from what I've seen on TV, the meat is piled on the bun without much liquid (hence the slotted spoon). Note there isn't any thickener (or tomato sauce) in the crock pot recipe. And I don't see any significant point to using a crock pot.
When I've attempted to imitate what I've seen, I season the browned ground meat to taste, and cook it till most of the liquid has evaporated.
1 pound ground beef
2 tablespoons vinegar (not white)
1 tablespoon instant minced onion
1 teaspoon salt
11/2 cups Swanson’s chicken broth, boiling
2 tablespoons prepared ketchup
2 tablespoons prepared mustard
8 hamburger buns
Brown meat lightly; drain fat. Add vinegar, onion, salt, ketchup and
mustard. Stir well. Add boiling broth. Cover and simmer until meat is tender
and liquid is absorbed.
Serve on hamburger buns with fresh chopped onions and mustard only.
Maid Rite Sandwiches
1−1/2 pounds ground beef
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
3−4 teaspoons prepared mustard
4 Tablespoons beer
Brown & drain the hamburger. Stir in the other ingredients and simmer.
Spices are added "to taste."
The Maid Rite serves their sandwiches with a choice of cheese, mustard and chopped fresh onion.
2 pounds ground beef
1 chopped onion
3/4 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons prepared yellow mustard
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
16 hamburger buns, warmed
Brown the meat and onions together in a pan, drain, and stir in the rest of the ingredients (aside from the buns, unless you've got some extra interesting tastes). Simmer it for 20 minutes and serve on the warm buns.