Made Rights – Loose Meat Open-Face Sandwiches

This recipe is something that most people probably haven’t heard of, but it’s a dish that my family had ALL the time growing up. Made Rights are a  super fast dinner to whip up, which was quite the necessity in my family when my sister always had band concerts to rush off to, and I had swim practices or musical rehearsals to attend. Now, as a kid I always assumed my family was the only one that ever ate this meal. No one else seemed to have heard of Made Rights, and when I would ask my mom about their name, she would say “because they’re made just right.” Turns out there is a little more to it than that. 

Before writing up this post, I did a little more research. Apparently there is a chain of restaurants in Iowa called Maid-Rite that specializes in loose meat sandwiches. Needless to say, I was quite shocked. I honestly thought that this was something my parents had simply whipped up one day. I’ve never even been to a Maid-Rite Restaurant, and I have no idea if this recipe tastes anything like The Original Maid-Rite. What I do know is that this dish is so easy to make, it’s budget friendly, and it’s probably one of the fastest meals you could cook and still be full. If your family is always busy, this is definitely a recipe to try! 


1lb Ground Round

2 tbsp Butter

1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce

½ – ¾ tsp Hot Sauce (I use Crystal’s Hot)

¼ tsp Salt

¼ tsp Pepper

⅛ tsp Ground Mustard


Shredded Pepper Jack Cheese


1. In a hot skillet brown the ground round until it is cooked, then strain off the extra grease. 

2. Melt the butter, and whisk in the Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, salt, pepper, and ground mustard. 

Kitchen Tip: Start by adding in only ½ tsp of hot sauce. Wait to add in more until the meat has simmered for 5 minutes. If you like things with a little more spice, add in more after doing a taste test. 

3. Pour the meat back into the skillet and add in the seasoned butter mixture. Cover the skillet, and simmer on low while preparing the rest of the meal. 

4. Toast the bread and shred the cheese. 

5. After the meat has simmered for at least ten minutes, scoop one spoonful of meat onto each piece of toast, and top with the shredded pepper jack cheese. Note, this is an open faced sandwich, so you should only need one piece of toast. However, if you would prefer to make it a full sandwich, you can definitely top it with another piece of toast. 

Kitchen Tip: For a little extra flavor, you can butter your toast before adding the meat on top. Personally, I like to skip that step to keep the dish a little healthier and leaner. 

While this dish may not be anywhere close to extravagant, it’s a simple family dinner or lunch to throw together when your schedule gets overwhelmingly busy. I also like the fact that it’s an open face sandwich. This allows me to fill up while cutting some carbs out of my diet. Next time your calendar fills up, pull out a loaf of bread, a pound of ground round, a block of cheese, and you are set to go! My personal favorite bread to serve this on is thin slices of French bread. Feel free to check out my recipe for homemade French bread here

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