Lunch / Dinner
Loose Meat Sandwiches
If you grew up in the Midwest, you’ve undoubtedly eaten, or at least heard of, the loose meat sandwich called a Maid-Rite. Recreate it by simmering ground chuck with a few staple ingredients you probably already have on hand, and serving it on a soft bun for an easy weeknight dinner. Simple and delicious is the name of the game with this take on the Iowa institution’s famed sandwich.
OFF HEAT, STIR IN:
Test Kitchen Tip
Traditionally served with just the meat and the bun, go ahead and add a slice of American cheese to take it up a notch.
Cook ground chuck and onion in oil in a sauté pan over medium-high heat until chuck is fully cooked and onion has softened, 10 minutes. Drain off all but 1 Tbsp. drippings. Add garlic to pan and cook until fragrant, 1 minute. Reduce heat to medium.
Add broth and Worcestershire; simmer until liquid is reduced by half, 5–10 minutes.
Off heat, stir in ketchup and mustard; season with salt and pepper. Serve loose meat on buns with pickle slices.
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 16%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 60mg 20%
Sodium 519mg 21%
Carbs 26g 8%
Fiber 1g 4%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.