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Ivan Smith's Maid Rites Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Phoebe Leith
Added: Monday, October 27, 2008

Category:
Category:

Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
1 lb ground beef
1 medium onion
1 can chicken gumbo soup
1/2 c water
1/2 c ketchup
1/4 c mustard
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp cumin
1 T Worchestershire sauce
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
Directions:
Brown ground beef and onions in a skillet with spices. Add chicken gumbo soup, water and ketchup and mustard. Simmer until mixture thickens. Serve on soft hamburger buns with dill pickles, with additional mustard and ketchup available.

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
4-6
Preparation Time:
Preparation Time:
20 minutes
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
First, a historical note on Maid Rites: lore has it that they were served with only mustard and pickles because the poor would steal the ketchup off the tables for food during the Great Depression.
Second, a historical note on Ivan Smith: Ivan Smith was a cousin of my father's who ran a Maid Rite place and made the best Maid Rites this side of the Mississippi (do Maid Rites exist on both sides of the Mississippi?). Each time my father would make this recipe he would tell the story about Ivan Smith, who was known to say, "No one knows the trouble I have seen." When people would enquire, "Ivan, what is it?" Ivan would reply, "Nobody KNOWS!!"

 

 

 

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