Visitors to Springfield, Illinois often ask what they need to experience when they visit the city. You will hear many of the same answers: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, New Salem, Lincoln’s Tomb, Dana Thomas House, and…eat a horseshoe!
Now, you are probably wondering, what exactly is a horseshoe?! It is only the greatest, and most artery-clogging, food contraption known to man. First, you start with some Texas toast on the bottom of the plate. Next, the bread is topped with the meat of your choice. Hamburger is the most common choice by far, but you can try such things as corned beef, buffalo chicken, walleye, turkey, and Italian sausage. Then, French fries are placed on top of the meat and bread, pretty much covering them. And last, but definitely not least, cheese sauce is poured on top of everything! Pretty impressive culinary creation, eh?
I have not been able to enjoy the horseshoe for two reasons since becoming gluten-free: a) the Texas toast and b) the cheese sauce usually has flour in it. Now, I’m sure my waistline and cholesterol levels are thanking me from abstaining from from horseshoes the past couple of years, but I have been getting the itch to make a gluten-free version of this exquisite treat.
DISCLAIMER: DON’T EAT THESE EVERYDAY!
Ingredients (makes one big horseshoe):
- 2 pieces of gluten-free bread, toasted
- 2 burger patties, about 1/3 lb each
- 6 oz. of French fries
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 3 tablespoons gluten-free all purpose flour
- 3/4 cup of milk
- 1 cup shredded white (or yellow) Cheddar cheese
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spread fries out on a baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, or however long the package recommends. Remove when they are a golden brown.
2. While the fries are cooking, form your ground beef into two even patties.
3. In a large skillet on medium-high heat, cook the burgers – about 4-5 minute per side, until all the pink is gone. Remove from the skillet and put on top of your toasted gluten-free bread.
4. Melt the butter in a saucepan on medium heat. Whisk in the gluten-free flour. Cook , while stirring constantly, for about 3-4 minutes.
5. Add in the milk and dash of salt and pepper. Stir consistently until the sauce thickens.
6. Add the cheese and stir occasionally until it is melted.
7. Put the fries on top of the burger/bread.
8. Pour cheese sauce over everything.
9. Eat up!