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I love food. And I like to picture in my dream world – traveling around the world and eating at 5 star restaurants. But the truth of the matter is that I am probably more comfortable in the corner diner than I am in an exclusive restaurant. And while I dream about one day being able to experience the tasting menu at Per Se, I know that really – I’ll enjoy a hole in the wall restaurant as well. And really, I’m a comfort food kind of gal.

So it was no surprise that I was drawn to this recipe. Lots of random ingredients, thrown together and served over toast. This is really my kind of food. It may not look like much, but if you are looking for a little bit of comfort after a long day, a plate full of this goes a long way!!

Joe’s Special
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Comfort on a plate, ground beef, spinach and eggs come together in a surprisingly delicious meal.
Serves: 4 servings
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 to 2 medium sized garlic cloves, crushed
  • 4 large (or 8 small) slices sourdough bread
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 shallots or ¼ white onion, finely chopped
  • 6 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 12 ounces frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 6 large eggs, slightly beaten
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper
  1. Make the toast: In a small pan or in the microwave, warm up the olive oil. Put the garlic cloves in the olive oil and set aside to cool. Toast the bread slices in a toaster until golden brown. Brush the garlic infused oil generously over the toasted bread. Place the bread on a plate covered with aluminum foil to keep warm.
  2. In a large, deep skillet, heat the butter and olive oil. Add the shallots and mushrooms and cook 1 minute. Add the beef and break it up; brown and cook until no pink remains. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Add the spinach and stir to evenly combine; cook until heated through, about 3 minutes.
  3. Pour in the eggs and mix constantly until the eggs are set. Sprinkle in the Parmesan and season with salt and pepper. Pile the beef and egg mixture onto the toast and serve immediately.
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  5. adapted from Not Your Mother's Weeknight Cooking
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17 Responses to Joe’s Special

  1. Debbi Does Dinner Healthy says:

    I completely agree! This kind of comfort food beats any fine dining. You could probably get a dish at per se with the same ingredients as this just in a beautiful arrangement and half the portion for 4 times the cost. I'll take the corner diner or this anyday!

  2. Joanne says:

    There is always room for comfort food in my life…especially when it's piled onto garlic toast. This looks fantastic!

  3. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    A wonderful idea! Those look terribly scrumptious.



  4. Pam says:

    LOL! I love food also! There's nothing that beats comfort food and this recipe is a perfect example. It sounds absolutely delicious!

  5. Brenda De Sousa says:

    This recipe does sound delicious, as well as incredibly fast and easy. My kind of meal!

  6. Jennifurla says:

    This looks so so great, although I a m a huge fan of the whole fine dining experience (just love it) I also know how to sit back relax and munch on some home spun goodies

  7. Ingrid says:

    To be honest it's got everything the kids and I love in a meal! I'm printing the recipe out. Thanks!

  8. Monet says:

    I agree! I love throwing a meal over a piece of good, toasted bread. This looks so filling and delicious. I'm sure this would be a hit at my house

  9. Barbara says:

    This is kind of a neat dinner to throw together when you haven't planned anything! My father's favorite dinner was mushroom soup and hamburger meat poured over toast. We called it Houseboat Special.
    You've taken it several steps into the gourmet realm, but still comfort food status.

    I dream of per se though. Just once.

  10. Julie says:

    Your dream job and mine sound very much alike. I'd be happy traveling around the world eating at corner diners! Love the special 🙂

  11. g 3 o r g i L y n says:

    I'm such a comfort food eater as well!… I always jump on your food blog and see what your latest recipe is… and never thought to comment until now!!.. This looks sooo TASTY!!.. I can't wait to make it!! Hope it taste as good as it looks :):)

  12. Kim says:

    I couldn't agree with you more. I enjoy the comfort food every bit as much as I enjoy gourmet food. This looks delicious to me!

  13. grace says:

    no one's asked the obvious question–who the heck is joe? is this the same joe of the sloppy joe? what about cuppa joe? 🙂

  14. Sook says:

    Oh wow, that looks so filling and satisfying!

  15. kat says:

    Its like a hot dish on toast, yum

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