Horseshoe sandwich

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Horseshoe sandwich
A hamburger horseshoe sandwich, with cheese sauce visible on the fries
Type Horseshoe
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.[1] 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.

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 "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".[1]

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.[2]

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