Thursday, February 19, 2009

Finally, some red meat!

If you're wondering about the title of my blog, it came from something our family in Connecticut used to ask. Instead of asking, "What did you have for supper?" the question would sometimes be, "What was for meat?" To us, it was funny because we often ate supper without any meat. I didn't mean it to be ironic on my blog but it's taken me more than a week to actually have red meat for supper. While this dish could probably be made with ground turkey or chicken, I used lean ground beef. My Grandma Vi would be proud, even if she probably would have used a hamburger bun instead of a pita pocket.

I ripped this recipe out of a magazine somewhere and I have no idea which one or how old this is. The other day I was looking through a notebook with a bunch of untried recipes and I happened to have pitas, mushrooms, and frozen spinach (and, in the cellar, a bottle of open brandy) so I decided to give it a shot.

Not Sloppy Joes (but still a ground meat sandwich) Serves 4

1 1/2 T olive oil
10 oz pkg of sliced white mushrooms
1/2 tsp kosher sauce
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 lb ground beef
1/4 c. brandy
10 oz pkg frozen chopped spinach, thawed & drained
3/4 c. grated parmesan
4 pitas (white or whole wheat)

Heat the oil in a large skillet and add the mushrooms, half the salt, and half the pepper. Cook for 3 minutes. Add the beef and cook until no longer pink. Spoon off any fat. Add the brandy and cook, stirring, until it's almost evaporated (only took about a minute or two). Stir in the spinach and cook for a couple of minutes until it's heated through. Remove from the heat and stir in the parmesan cheese. Fill each pita with the sandwich filling.

PS - Would it be Bec's blog without some games? How about "Name that Sandwich"? Put it in the comments and there will be a prize for the winner.


  1. I really want to play your game but haven't thought of anything clever yet...I think I need to make it and taste it and then I can make a good suggestion.
    P.S. I love your blog...its great!

  2. This recipe sounds really good. I haven't made it yet since I don't have any brandy, but it's on my dinner list for this week. But you are right...they're not quite "sloppy" joes, and you use pita pockets instead of a I think you should call them "Dirty Pockets". Let me know what you think : )