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Maid-Rites are a popular Midwestern loose meat sandwich, and are full of savory goodness. This is my version!


I had a pretty good day today, until I almost threw my phone out the window.

I was on the line for what seemed like HOURS with tech support for a software program at work this afternoon – already irritated that I couldn’t figure out the answer to my problem myself – when the support woman started humming. Humming! Humming on and on and on for minutes at a time!

There’s nothing more infuriating then being infuriated in the first place, then have someone act blatantly carefree on the other end of the line. Maybe it’s just me.

I relieved some of the stress with a killer workout session.

  • 30 minutes 3-2-1 workout. 3 minutes @ 7.0, 2 minutes @ 7.5, 1 minute @ 8.0 and repeat 4 times. Total: 3.5 miles in 30 minutes with a 5 minute warm up and 1 minute cool-down.
  • 10 minutes stair climber at level 10. Oooo, my glutes! I needed it from sitting in my chair all day!

In other news, it’s time for another edition of You Know You’re From the Midwest When… (check out editions one, two & three!) You know you’re from the Midwest when you don’t say “Maid who??” when I tell you Maid-Rites were on the menu tonight!


Maid-Rite, a popular Midwestern restaurant, specializes in “loose meat” sandwiches, aka seasoned ground beef on a warm bun. I know. Sounds… crazy?! It is, a little, I suppose – but I totally dig ’em! And NO they’re not sloppy joe’s!

I had to laugh when Ben told me a story about a co-worker who was visiting from the east coast last month and was asking people where she should eat while in town. Someone suggested Maid-Rite and was trying to explain the sandwiches to her…

“So it’s a sloppy joe then…”

“No, there’s no sauce.”

“So it’s just meat?”

“Yeah, but it’s seasoned.”

“But it’s still just ground beef…”

“Right, but it’s really good. Just trust me!”

HA! I can totally hear this converstaion in my brain… Aaaanyway, my Mom has a super recipe for Maid-Rites (oh also, you can just call them “maid-rites” and everyone will know what you’re talking about) so I cooked some up for dinner!




Maid-Rites are a popular Midwestern loose meat sandwich, and they're full of savory goodness. This is my version!


Serves 4-5

  • 1lb 85/15 ground beef (could use 80/20 - just not super lean)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 beef bullion cube
  • 1/2 cup water
  • pepper
  • 1-1/2 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1-1/2 Tablespoons steak sauce
  • Buns


  1. Sauté beef and onions until cooked then drain and return to pan. Add the rest of the ingredients then simmer for 30 minutes and scoop onto buns.

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats, http://iowagirleats.com.

SO easy, right?! I always get my maid-rites with a squeeze of cold ketchup and salty pickles. Perfection I tell you. Totally a crowd pleaser too – everyone will love these.


You should always get Maid-Rite’s crispy, shoestring fries with your sandwich, so I made my own version – crispy sweet potato fries!


Slice 1 sweet potato into fries.


Dredge in 2 egg whites whisked with cinnamon and salt,


then roll in panko bread crumbs.


Line ’em up like a little potato army and bake for 30 minutes @ 425 degrees.


Don’t worry if you feel like you don’t have enough panko on there – a little goes a LONG WAY!


Look at the crispiness!


These were seriously louder than a potato chip!


They were actually on the verge of being too crispy – I scraped my mouth up a bit…


The taste was ace though. Sweet, cinnamony and salty. Awesome!


Bring a taste of the Midwest to your home, won’t you?


Ben brought me a Milky Way Simply Caramel candy bar home from work for dessert tonight. Told you I couldn’t stay away from candy for too long… Hmph!

Have a great night!


Fill in the blank “You know you’re from (fill in your city/state here) when…”

Alternatively, do you have any unique local or regional dishes?

Iowa, of course, is know for their corn and pigs. NOT POTATOES – that’s Idaho (I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten that!)