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Ellen’s Version of New Joe’s Special

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Serves 4 to 6 | Prep Time 20-25 minutes | Cook Time

Why I Love This Recipe

The name “Joe’s” was a generic name that dates back to the Barbary Coast in San Francisco. During the 1920’s, a group of entrepreneurs decided to open a new restaurant on Broadway Street in San Francisco. The name “Joe’s” had gone dormant for a while and they determined that “New Joe’s” would be a good name. “New Joe’s” became the first restaurant in San Francisco to do exhibition cooking where food was prepared in full view of the customers. It was also the restaurant where the “Joe’s Special” was created. Folklore has it that a customer ordered a spinach omelet very late one night. The customer asked the chef if he had anything else available to cook. The chef replied he had some hamburger left. The customer asked him to throw some of the hamburger into his omelet. The dish became so popular that they eventually put it on the menu.

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Ingredients You'll Need

2 lbs ground chuck, crumbled
2 T olive oil
1-1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp each: nutmeg, pepper, oregano
2 medium onions, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely mashed
4 to 6 eggs
1 pkg frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well-drained, (10 oz)
1/2 lb fresh spinach, washed, drained, chopped (4 cups)


Brown beef in oil in large pan over high heat.

Add onions and garlic.

Reduce heat and continue cooking until onions are soft, stirring occasionally (about

10 minutes).

Stir in seasonings and spinach.

Cook 5 minutes.

Add eggs.

Stir mixture over low heat until eggs just begin to set.


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