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Just what is Greenville's biggest claim to fame?
Some just might say the Maid-Rite!
Located at 121 N. Broadway, the Maid-Rite is a Greenville institution. Most things change over time, but a Maid-Rite sandwich stills tastes the same as it has for decades. And growing up in Greenville, Maid-Rites are part of everyone's diet.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but if memory serves me right our Maid-Rite began as part of a chain (see Taylor's Maid-rites at bottom of page) in the Midwest. Still owned by the Maher-Trimble-Koontz family, Louise (Weezy) Maher developed the local secret recipe many, many years ago.
And almost as famous of this delicious sandwich itself, is the Maid-Rite's Wall O' Gum, made even more famous here by Hannah Storm of CBS's Early Show in the fall of 2005:
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If you remember the old Roseanne Show, she opened a 'loose meat' sandwich shop, and they looked exactly like our famous food. People still travel hundreds of miles just get them. And while the recipe is still a closely-guarded family secret, many people have attempted to match it.
So if you are far from Greenville, and want to experience that Maid-Rite taste, here's a recipe that gets very close from the kitchen of Krista (Gerlach) Hennessy.
Boil (yes, boil) the beef in a pot with enough water to just cover the meat. Boil until the pink is gone, then drain.
Put drained beef in a large skillet and add all remaining ingredients. Simmer and stir, continually breaking up the beef until crumbly and the beer is almost evaporated.
Serve on steamed buns, topping with cheese, diced onion, mustard and dill pickles to taste.
Add a cold beer or thick chocolate shake, and you're in heaven!
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