Joe’s Special #SundaySupper

Joe’s Special — ground beef, spinach and egg scramble, is savory, satisfying and has been a staple on every Joe’s menu in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Joe's Special -- ground beef, spinach and egg scramble, is savory, satisfying and has been a staple on every Joe's menu in the San Francisco Bay Area.

This scramble.

It’s an icon in the San Francisco food industry dating back to the 1920’s.  The first time I saw this on the menu at Original Joe’s restaurant in San Francisco, I thought, ewe gross.  I was about 14 years old. Spinach was only something Popeye ate.  And really, back then, why would a girl want to be strong to the finish?

Joe's Special -- ground beef, spinach and egg scramble, is savory, satisfying and has been a staple on every Joe's menu in the San Francisco Bay Area.Here’s the thing.  Today is the absolute first time I ever ate Joe’s Special.  I can tell you, it won’t be the last.  I can’t believe how I refused to try it all those years ago. And to think I could have been strong to the finish cause I ate my spinach.

Joe's Special -- ground beef, spinach and egg scramble, is savory, satisfying and has been a staple on every Joe's menu in the San Francisco Bay Area.
I’ve been told that some people believed it could cure a hangover.  Not that I would ever know, of course.  But I have been told.

I grew up in the City by the Bay, Frisco, San Fran, Baghdad By the Bay, The City, SF, just a few of the nicknames for my beloved city.

Joe's Special -- ground beef, spinach and egg scramble, is savory, satisfying and has been a staple on every Joe's menu in the San Francisco Bay Area.Today the Sunday Supper Movement is sharing recipes from all of our hometowns.

Joe’s Special #SundaySupper
Author: Marlene Baird
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Serves: 4
  • 1/4 cup white onion, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 ounces ground beef
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 large bunch of spinach
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 pieces of bread, toasted and cut at the diagonal
  1. Melt 1 Tablespoon of butter and the olive oil in a skillet that has a lid, over medium heat.
  2. Add the chopped onions to the pan. (about 3 or 4 minutes)
  3. While the onion is sauteing, whisk the eggs, salt, pepper, and paprika.
  4. Once the onions are translucent, add the garlic and saute for 30 seconds.
  5. Add in the ground beef. (about 3 minutes)
  6. Once the beef has browned, add the cheese add the spinach.
  7. Cover with the lid so the spinach can wilt (about 3 minutes)
  8. Once the spinach has wilted, add the egg mixture.
  9. Stir to combine until the egg is cooked through.
  10. Serve with the toast
Serving size: 147 g Calories: 304 Fat: 18.1 Saturated fat: 8.7 Carbohydrates: 5.7 Sugar: 1.1 Sodium: 509 mg Fiber: 1.2 Protein: 28.3 Cholesterol: 240 mg

This week’s event is being hosted by Coleen of The Redhead Baker. Take a look at all of the hometown recipes that will be shared on Sunday!



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Joe’s Special #SundaySupper — 54 Comments

  1. I wouldn’t have eaten this as a kid either (also didn’t like spinach then) but now – oh yes! Bring it on!!

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  9. I love a good story about everyones hometown, and this one sounds awesome! I love a good diner…and yea, ugh I would not have had spinach as a kid, either….but now, I’ll gladly order this!

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  22. This is so up my alley! My grandma used to make one that also had mushrooms, peppers and a little mustard. She would turn it into a scrambled egg sandwich! Your dish looks so YUMMY!!!

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  29. I was way off on guessing your hometown – I was thinking Joe’s, Joe’s, where could that be? And the thought that came to me was Joe’s Stone Crabs, so I guessed Miami. Way off! That said, this scramble looks amazing. I have yet to visit San Fran (a crime, right?) but this will absolutely go on my list of things to try whenever I do get myself out there! It looks so yummy!

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  33. What a great dish but I can see its lack of appeal for a child. Mine didn’t even like different foods to touch each other on the plate. I would love it though!

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