Original Joe’s Fine Italian Food is a San Francisco institution that began in 1937. Their ‘Joe’s Special’ recipe has been repeated in so many variation’s especially in the West it has become an institution itself like the also imitated Cobb Salad. The original recipe used ground chuck, mushrooms, onions, garlic, previously frozen chopped spinach, olive oil and fresh eggs. It was also served on garlic, olive oiled toasted chunks of sourdough bread. Yes, admittedly yum but not so healthy. My variation is way lower in fat, gluten-free and still very tasty.
Original Joe’s Special (my healthy variation)
Yield: 4-6 servings
1 lb. ground turkey breast (99% fat-free)
5 oz. fresh organic baby spinach
6 large Crimini mushrooms sliced
1 medium yellow onion chopped
1 cup Egg Beaters™ or equivalent
4 cloves of garlic minced
4 tablespoons shredded Asiago cheese
2 teaspoons sea salt
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
Sauté onions, garlic, and mushrooms till they begin to caramelize. Add ground turkey, salt and pepper and break it into crumbles. When turkey changes to white add fresh spinach, as spinach is wilting add Egg Beaters™. Cook another minute and serve. Shred about one tablespoon of Asiago on each serving.
© 2011 Aron David Bradley