Horseshoe sandwich

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Horseshoe Sandwich
A Hamburger Horseshoe Sandwich, with cheese sauce visible on the fries
Place of origin
United States
Region or state
Springfield, Illinois
Main ingredients
Bread, hamburger patties or ham
Variations Breakfast horseshoe sandwich, Pony shoe
Cookbook:Horseshoe Sandwich  Horseshoe Sandwich

The horseshoe sandwich originated in Springfield, Illinois.[1] This food item begins with thick-sliced toasted bread, most often Texas toast[2] and most often hamburger patties, or ham. Other meat is also used, such as deep fried pork tenderloin, grilled or fried chicken breast, and fried fish filets. There is also a "breakfast" horseshoe that uses eggs and hash browns. The meat is topped with French fries and smothered with a "secret" cheese sauce. The cheese sauce varies from chef to chef, allowing each cook to create a signature dish, but the sauce is a sort of Welsh rarebit, common ingredients being eggs, beer, butter, cheese, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, salt and pepper.[1]

A smaller portion, with one slice of bread and one serving of meat, is called a "Pony Shoe".[1]

It is considered a local Illinois delicacy.[1]


Leland Hotel Chef Joe Schweska invented the horseshoe. Steve Tomko, who later claimed to be the inventor, was a 17-year-old dishwasher at the hotel at the time.[3]

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  1. ^ a b c d You Know You're in Illinois When..., By Pam Henderson, Jan Mathew, pg.43
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  3. ^ Barrett, Joe (30 March 2010). "Springfield's Horseshoe Deliver a Kick in the Gut". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 9 February 2012.