Saturday, July 20, 2013

Guinea Grinders - An Iowa State Fair Favorite

I live in Omaha and believe it or not, I have never been to the Iowa State Fair.  I grew up LOVING the Texas State Fair and Big Tex!  My friend Kim recently shared this recipe with me.  She says it is one of her family's favorites.  I hear it is an Iowa State Fair Favorite!!

I found a great explanation for this recipe over at Amanda's Cookin.  To quote Amanda -

"Some Italians aren’t happy with the name as its origins date back to when Italian immigrants were called “guineas”. It’s considered a racial slur and some restaurants in Iowa have even changed the name of this sandwich to plain old “grinder”. I read somewhere that the word grinder refers to the act of grinding your teeth back and fourth to bite through the tough bread in the sandwich, which would also indicate they didn’t toast them early on. No matter what you call it, it’s really delicious and freezes well too!"

The recipe that Kim gave me is just like Amanda's.  I saw where Amanda mentioned getting her version from the 30 Day Gourmet.  I love how the 30 Day Gourmet has instructions for 12 - 72 servings!!

Not a great picture - but my family was anxious to eat!!  They loved them!!

Guinea Grinders (makes 12 sandwiches)

1 lb Italian Sausage (I used hot)
1 lb ground beef
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
30 oz of pizza sauce - homemade or purchased
4 loaves of French bread - sliced horizontally for any size sandwich

Combine sausage and ground beef in a large skillet and brown - drain.  Mix pizza sauce with salt, pepper, garlic powder and red pepper flakes.  Mix meat with sauce and heat in a slow cooker on low for 4 hours or on high for 2.  Cut bread sections in half and open,  pick out some of the middle of the bread and fill the hole with meat mixture.  Top with shredded mozzerella cheese and put bread top back on.  Wrap the entire sandwich in foil and bake at 350 for about 15 minutes.  

**use only half of the meat mixture and freeze the rest for later

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