Horseshoe sandwich

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Type Sandwich
Place of origin United States
Region or state Springfield, Illinois
Main ingredients Toasted bread, hamburger patty, French fries, cheese sauce
Variations Breakfast horseshoe, pony shoe
Cookbook: Horseshoe  Media: Horseshoe

The horseshoe is an open-faced sandwich originating in Springfield, Illinois, United States.[1][2][3] It consists of thick-sliced toasted bread (often Texas toast), a hamburger patty, French fries, and a "secret" cheese sauce. Sometimes ham or some other meat is substituted for the hamburger, and sometimes more than one type of meat is used.

Though cheese sauces vary by chef, it is generally derived from Welsh rarebit. Common ingredients include 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]

A breakfast horseshoe is also available, replacing the hamburger and French fries with bacon and hash browns.[4]

Ross' Restaurant in Bettendorf, Iowa is known for a similar dish called the Magic Mountain. Instead of a hamburger patty, the sandwich contains steamed loose-meat. It has been enjoyed by politicians and celebrities including Barack Obama and Bette Midler.[5]


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.[6]

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  1. ^ a b c You Know You're in Illinois When..., By Pam Henderson, Jan Mathew, pg.43
  2. ^ Selvam, Ashok (June 13, 2017). "The Horseshoe: Where to Find the Illinois Capital's Favorite Sandwich". Eater Chicago. Retrieved June 14, 2017. 
  3. ^ Glatz, Julianne (February 2, 2012). "What Happened to Horseshoes?". Illinois Times. Retrieved August 29, 2017. 
  4. ^ Morris, Natalie (October 2, 2015). "Charlie Parker's Breakfast Horseshoe Still Alive in National Food Competition". The State Journal-Register. Retrieved August 29, 2017. 
  5. ^ Stapleton, Susan (November 25, 2015). "Meet the Most Iconic Dish in the Quad Cities – the Magic Mountain". The Des Moines Register. Retrieved August 29, 2017. 
  6. ^ Barrett, Joe (30 March 2010). "Springfield's Horseshoe Sandwiches Deliver a Kick in the Gut". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved February 9, 2012.