Sunday, January 10, 2010

San Francisco Joe's Special

Some say this famous San Francisco specialty was devised by a San Francisco chef as a variation on the Italian frittata. Others insist it was created as an after-hours snack
by dance-band musicians of the 1920's. A third theory attributes the dish to miners who frequented the city's riotous Barbary Coast district in the 1850's. Whatever its origin may be, this hearty mixture of beef, onions, spinach and eggs makes a satisfying meal any time of the day or night.
Joe's Special
2 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
2 pounds lean ground beef
2 medium onions, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
1/2 pound mushrooms, sliced
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon dry oregano
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry; or 1/2 pound fresh spinach, rinsed, stems removed, and leaves chopped (about 4 cups)
4 to 6 large eggs, lightly beaten
Heat oil in a wide frying pan over high heat. Crumble in beef and cook, stirring often, until browned. Drain excess fat.
Add onions, garlic and mushrooms; reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are softened, about 5 minutes.
Stir in salt, nutmeg, pepper, oregano and spinach; cook for about 5 more minutes. Add eggs. Reduce heat to low and cook, stirring constantly, just until eggs are softly set.
Makes 6 servings.


  1. I will cut most of this in half since it is not good stored but am wondering if I can used canned spinich? I will go look at other sites but any comments would be appreciated Thanks.....Julie

  2. I think canned spinach would be ok, maybe a bit saltier then you would get otherwise, the trick is going to be getting it drained well enough that it doesn't make the rest of the dish watery, ya know?

  3. I know, I'm thinking drain in colondar over a bowl in the refer overnight?? Or several hours. this recipe is on the back burner cuz DH 1st said he'd try it then read the recipe and made several comments about how gross it sounded. I can't let him watch me cook either or he won't eat it. thanks for your comment.....Julie


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