in a cast iron skillet: joe’s special

joe's special | everybody likes sandwiches

The night after I made soup and the amazing pizza dough discovery, I made this breakfast-for-dinner meal. While Cornelius didn’t think much of the soup for dinner, this meal earned a big gold star. He loved it. Ground beef, runny eggs and toast, plus a heck of a lot of kale to keep things on the up and up.

joe's special | everybody likes sandwiches

This recipe comes from the Cast Iron Skillet Cookbook which was generously sent to me by Sasquatch Books. If you think the cast iron skillet is the best pan in your kitchen (I own 7 of them myself – just found another in the sink! I own 8!) then you might want to check this one out.

joe's special | everybody likes sandwiches

The recipe is apparently a San Francisco specialty and it’s diner food at it’s comforting best. I used good local organic extra-lean beef and eggs and kale, so it felt a notch above a greasy diner breakfast. Spinach is the traditional green used in this dish, but I forgot to pick some up at the store but I had some lovely dinosaur kale wanting to be used instead. It worked beautifully.

joe's special | everybody likes sandwiches

It’s not the most glamourous meal, but what it lacks in looks, it makes up in deliciousness. It’s just plain good.

joe's special | everybody likes sandwiches

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5 comments to “in a cast iron skillet: joe’s special”

  1. 1
    Nicole   December 17, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    You know I love my cast iron skillet, so I might need that cookbook :) I love easy and hearty comfort food like this when it’s cold out! Marc gets pretty excited whenever we have beef for dinner, too, ha.

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    Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe   December 18, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    I love any meal that can be whipped up in a cast iron skillet!

  3. 3
    kickpleat   December 20, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Nicole, it’s a good cookbook and this kind of food is total man food. Definitely.

    Agreed, thanks Amanda!

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    Stephany   December 30, 2013 at 6:31 am

    OK this is so funny to see – I grew up in the town where the diner was located that originated Stockton Joe’s. This little greasy spoon hole in the wall and everything was served in red plastic baskets with paper liners. When we moved away from CA years ago, my mom nabbed the recipe for this and we’ve been making it for years in our family. The one thing I noticed is missing though from the one you posted is nutmeg. A little tiny sprinkle of nutmeg really kicks it up in the flavor arena!

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    kickpleat   January 6, 2014 at 10:22 am

    Stephany, ooooh, that sounds good. Next time, I’ll toss in a little bit of nutmeg. Thanks for sharing!

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