|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 Media: Horseshoe sandwich|
The horseshoe is an open-faced sandwich originating from Springfield, Illinois, United States. It consists of thick-sliced toasted bread, often Texas toast, a hamburger patty, French fries, and a "secret" cheese sauce. Common replacements for the hamburger patty include ham, deep fried pork tenderloin, grilled or fried chicken breast and fried fish fillets.
A "breakfast" horseshoe is also commonly available, replacing the meat and French fries with eggs and hash browns.
A smaller portion, with one slice of bread and one serving of meat, is called a "pony shoe".
Ross' Restaurant in Bettendorf, Iowa, is known for a similar dish called the "Magic Mountain". Instead of a hamburger patty, they top it with steamed loose-meat. It's been enjoyed by politicians and celebrities including President Barack Obama and Bette Midler.
Leland Hotel Chef Joe Schweska invented the horseshoe and Tim Bergt made it famous by taking the recipe that he and Schweska created together to the Red Coach where its popularity exploded.
The most common ingredients
For the sandwich:
2 slices of toasted bread 2 hamburger patties 1 large mound of french fries (shoestring variety)
For the Welsh rarebit sauce:
2 tablespoons salted butter 1/2 cup beer 2 egg yolks 3 cups grated Old English or other sharp white cheddar cheese 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard salt
Ingredients from www.cooking.com, provided by the Leland Hotel.
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- You Know You're in Illinois When..., By Pam Henderson, Jan Mathew, pg.43
- Barrett, Joe (30 March 2010). "Springfield's Horseshoe Deliver a Kick in the Gut". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 9 February 2012.