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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Crock Pot Maid-Rites

Maid-rites are an Iowa tradition.
Yes, loose meat sandwiches, no matter how simple they are, are delicious!

crock pot iowa maid-rites (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I asked my Facebook fans yesterday what meal they wanted to see next.  Out of about 5 choices these maid-rites were the winner!

I completely understand if you are looking at this pile of meat and wondering what the big deal is, or rather why I would even blog about this sandwich.

I get it.  They do not make the most beautiful sandwich, but let me tell you the flavor is all there.  Many of us in the Midwest grew up on these sandwiches, especially if you are from Iowa.  We invented the darn things.  If you grew up in the 90's watching the TV show Roseanne you'll also remember that Roseanne and Jackie owned a loose meat sandwich restaurant.

Yep, their idea came from us Iowans.

crock pot iowa maid-rites (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

These sandwiches are easy and family friendly {I haven't met a kid who doesn't like them} and they can feed a crowd!  I have a zillion childhood memories of eating these at fundraisers, potlucks and family gatherings.

Seriously, once you have the meat cooked and seasoned, you can throw it in a crock pot and let it simmer away all day long.  Bring along some hamburger buns and condiments and you've got a meal.

crock pot iowa maid-rites (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

There are many, many, many versions of this recipe floating around the internet and frankly I make them a bit different each time, but I've found this one has the closest flavor of a true "Maid-Rite", like the ones you have at the popular Midwestern chain.

And by the way, if you throw a slice of cheese on the darn thing, it becomes a "Cheese-Rite".

I know.  We are so original.

Make these for your family today! 

Crock Pot Maid-Rites

Print this Recipe!

2 lbs. ground beef
1 yellow onion, finely diced
1/2 c. water
1 1/2 T. soy sauce
1 T. worcestershire sauce
1/2 c. beef stock

1.  On the stovetop, saute onions over medium heat.
2.  Add in the ground beef and cook with the onions until no longer pink and juices run clear.
3.  Drain off any excess grease.
4.  Put cooked meat and onions into a medium-sized crock pot.
5.  Add in remaining seasonings, water and stock.  Stir to combine.
6.  Keep on low in the crock pot until ready to serve, up to 8 hours.
7.  Serve on a hamburger bun, with ketchup, mustard and dill pickle.

Can you believe summer is already half over?

I cannot.

On May 14th I delivered our third baby and honestly the last two months have FLOWN by.  I'm not sure how I feel about it.  We've managed to squeeze in many park dates, play dates, day trips, swimming lessons and ice cream treats after dinner but I still don't feel like it is enough.

How do you soak in every single moment of summer?  Do please tell!

crock pot iowa maid-rites (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Would you like to comment?

  1. Love me a good Maid Rite :) We're enjoying summer, too. Lots of time in the backyard and in the garden. More time on the Harley. And many barbecues with friends and family.

  2. Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)July 21, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    To soak in every moment of summer, I get up early (7:30) and try to walk around the lake most days, and sit out in the backyard every day.

    This is the first I've ever heard of maid rite! Looks good!

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  4. I love Maid Rites. Used to get them mostly in Eau Claire when I traveled from IA then IL, but moved. Will try these, thank you!