3. "Joe’s Special is a dish invented in San Francisco; it has rarely traveled outside of the Bay Area. Some say it was created as an after-hours meal at a spot called New Joe's, prepared for a group of 1920’s dance-band musicians. Others claim that it was cheap, hearty food enjoyed by the 1850's minors returning to San Francisco’s nefarious Barbary Coast. Still others proclaim that an inventive Italian chef at a place called Original Joe’s (or maybe Little Joe's) created it. Recipes vary, but they all contain the same ingredients: ground meat, chopped onion, spinach, and eggs."
1 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Basic and Oregano
1/2 tsp Pepper
Several drop of hot sauce to taste (Louisiana Hot, Tabasco, etc.)
1 Medium to Large Onion, Diced
2 Lg. Garlic Cloves, minced
1/2 lbs. Mushrooms
3/4 lbs Fresh spinach (In a pinch can substitute 10 oz frozen, but the taste will be different)
125 grams Grated Paremsan, Romano or Asiago
Whisk 6 eggs, salt, herbs, pepper and hot sauce until well-blended. Set aside. Put Olive Oil and Butter/Margarine in large frying pan (could use 2 T of Olive Oil instead). Saute onion and garlic for a few minutes until soft. Add hamburger and mushrooms and cook until the meat is no longer pink, crumbling with spatula or spoon as it cooks. Place the fresh spinach on top, turn the heat on low and cover. Let cook for a few minutes until the spinach starts to wilt. Take the cover off and stir the spinach into the meat mixture and let it finish wilting for just a minute or two. Top with the grated cheese. You have 2 choices here. You can serve this way once the cheese melts OR you can gently stir in the cheese before serving. I did the second, but either would work.
In the future I might try changing up the ratio of eggs and hamburger a bit. If I ever make it for myself though, I might try a few unique variations - chorizo and diced jalapenos (Jose's Special), sweet Italian sausage and roasted red pepper (Luigi's special), you get the idea. Like all cooking, it's about making it your own, adjusting it to your personal taste preferences. If you want to be a traditionalist, start with the hamburger, eggs, onion, spinach, salt and pepper which seem to be the basic building blocks no matter which recipe you look at.
More than anything, I encourage you to have a few friends over and enjoy. It's time to get back to having people in for a bite. Restaurants are great, but enjoying food and company at home is more relaxing in the long run and a chance to really get to know each other better.