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Annie's Joe's special

Updated on June 19, 2013
4 stars from 2 ratings of Annie's Joe's Special

Comfort Food

Occasionally, when my mother didn't feel like cooking during the week, we would load into the car and go to a little Italian restaurant in a small shopping center called West Portal in San Francisco. The tiny eatery was called West Portal Joe's and aside from nostalgic memories, one thing has remained a staple in our recipe library; Joe's Special.

The eggs hold the meat and spinach together. I usually use only two, but if you want a firmer dish add the additional eggs.

We garnish generously with grated Parmesan cheese, but my dad loved his with ketchup ...

If you try it, let me know!

Annie's Joe's Special
Annie's Joe's Special | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: 4 to 6 servings


  • 2 - 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 ten ounce package frozen spinach, thawed and well drained
  • 1 cup fresh mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • to taste salt & pepper
  • 1 - 2 T olive oil
  • 1 T butter
  • Parmesan cheese, grated to garnish
  1. Saute ground beef in oil and butter until crumbled and no longer pink.
  2. Add onions, garlic, and mushroom and cook until onions have wilted, but not browned.
  3. Add the spinach and herbs and heat through.
  4. Add beaten eggs to the ground beef and spinach mixture and stir until set.
  5. Salt & Pepper to taste.
  6. Serve with a sprinkling of grated Parmesan cheese!


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    • Annie Miller profile image

      Annie Miller 5 years ago from Wichita Falls, Texas

      Like Popeye, I am determined to get you to eat your spinach!

    • JimTxMiller profile image

      Jim Miller 5 years ago from Wichita Falls, Texas

      Okay, I gave it only three stars. It's a spinach thing!