San Francisco Joe’s Special

San Francisco Joe's Special

San Francisco Joe’s Special

I first made San Francisco Joe’s Special, a skillet dish of ground beef, spinach and eggs 11 years ago! And I’ve made it many times since.  I have used frozen spinach but usually use fresh, and usually when I’ve bought the big bag of spinach at Costco. 

I’ve varied the seasonings a bit, lately adding Worcestershire rather than just salt.  Some people skip the Parmesan cheese on top but I like it.

  • 2 Tbs oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3/4 – 1 pound of ground beef
  • a good splash of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 pound fresh spinach, steamed or blanched, and chopped (you could use frozen of course)
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • a dash or two of Tabasco sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil. When it boils add the spinach and cook just 1 minute, stirring. Then drain by pouring into a colander. When it's cool enough to handle, pick up handfuls and squeeze out the excess water. Roughly chop the drained spinach.
  2. Heat the oil and cook the onion and garlic until softened. Add the ground beef and brown it as you break it up into small pieces.
  3. When the meat is cooked, add the spinach and cook a few minutes. Stir in the Worcestershire sauce and salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Mix together the eggs and Tabasco, then pour into the meat and spinach mixture, stirring until the eggs are set.
  5. Pour the whole thing out onto a platter and top with the Parmesan.


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