Friday, June 29, 2007


As mentioned in my previous post, I hosted a Stampin' Up! Retirement Open House last night. My friend, Leslie asked me to post the recipe to the Loosemeats I served at the Open House on my blog.

What is a LOOSEMEAT you might ask? Well, if you're from IOWA, you might know! (I was born & raised in Iowa). In Iowa, they call them Loosemeats, Maid-Rites, or Tastees (at least the area of the state I'm from!). If you're not from Iowa, they are similar to a Sloppy Joe or Tavern. Basically, they are seasoned ground beef served on a hamburger bun. They are one of my family's favorites!

5 lbs. ground beef
3 tsp. mustard
3 tsp. horseradish
3 tsp. worcestershire sauce
3 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 c. catsup
1 tsp. Accent Seasoning
1/2 c. water
1 c. diced onion
Brown ground beef and onion, drain. Mix remaining ingredients and add to ground beef/onion mixture. Simmer in crock pot for 4 hours. Serve on hamburger buns.
These are even better as leftovers, warmed up the next day!


Jan Scholl said...

My hubby is from IOwa and when my mom made these disgusting greasy meat things for him, he didnt know what to think. My gramma called it minced meat. No wonder I became a vegetarian-my mom is the worst cook and my sister is not far behind (she thought fried boloney was a gourmet treat)

my son moved to Iowa when he lost his job in michigan and is now married and settled in less than a year. I dont know if he has ever had one of these tho.

KayellWY said...

Thank you for sharing your recipes. I'm always looking for quick-and-easy, tried-and-true recipes. :)


Penny said...

I was just back in Ottumwa, Iowa (my hometown) in May and I had to take my family to the Canteen in the Alley (a historical landmark). The Canteen serves loosemeat sandwiches but they are not seasoned, just steamed in a big freestanding steamer, and all the fat drains out the bottom. They were wonderful, not greasy and they brought back so many memories. The Canteen was to be torn down to make way for a parking garage and the town's people were outraged. The garage has been built over the Canteen and it's still in the alley.

Angel Wilde said...

Hey, I am an Iowegian! Living in Georgia now. I am going to make these for hubby and surprise him. Can this recipe be broken down... say halved well? Or do you recommend freezing leftovers?

Jenny said...

Iowa girl here. I call 'em maid-rites. But I remember that Tom & Roseanne made the loosemeat sandwhich popular again (???) when they opened up their own restaraunt down in the S.E. part of the state. Thanks for sharing your recipe