Garbage Plates

I don't know why on earth someone put ketchup on this, but if you are going with anything other than the hot sauce, only mustard and onions are acceptable. :)
2 ground beef patties, coooked
2 slices white American cheese
Hashbrowns (as an alternative, I would recommend Ore-Ida's Extra Crispy Tater Tots), fried in a bit of oil
Simple macaroni salad (elbows cooked al dente, rinsed in cool water -- add finely diced onion, celery, shaved carrot, mayo, and a splash of vinegar)
Meat Sauce
1 - medium onion, chopped
1 - clove garlic, minced
1 - tbsp. oil
1 - lb. triple-ground beef
1 - cup H2O
1 - can tomato paste
1/2 - tbsp. brown sugar (optional)
1 - tsp. ground black pepper
3/4 - tsp. cayenne pepper
1 - tsp. chili powder
1 1/2 - tsp. paprika
1/2 - tsp. ground cumin
1/2 - tsp. allspice
1/4 - tsp. cinnamon
1/2 - tsp. powdered cloves
1 - tsp. salt (to taste)

In large skillet, fry chopped onion and garlic in oil until soft. Add meat, stirring constantly with fork to keep its texture fine. Once the meat browns, add water and tomato paste. Simmer 10 minutes. Add sugar and spices. Simmer 30 minutes, adding water ,if necessary, to keep it moist but not soupy.

Fill half of your finest Chinet plate with mac salad and the other half with hash browns.  Top with cheeseburgers, liberal amounts of meat sauce, diced onions, and mustard.  Serve with slightly stale Italian bread and butter. :)


  1. Dave will be happy to see this.:D I will have to make sure he checks the blog.

  2. See, when I've been to Nick Tahou's, I was served (mostly fresh) wonder bread. Was I robbed of the full experience not getting slightly stale italian bread?

  3. The above was me (DAVE) posting while Jill was logged in...

  4. I think you have, Dave! I've been served both, but Italian bread more often than not.