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Guinea Grinder: Iowa State Fair Food

Author: Amanda Formaro


  • 1 lb Italian sausage
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 30 oz homemade pizza sauce or jar pizza sauce
  • 4 loaves French bread sliced in half horizontally
  • Mozzarella cheese shredded


  • If sausage has casings remove them and crumble into pan with the ground beef. Brown both meats together until no longer pink. Drain fat.
  • Mix the salt, pepper, garlic powder and pepper flakes into the pizza sauce.
  • Put the browned meat and the seasoned sauce into the slow cooker and stir to combine. Cover and cook on low for 4 hours or on high for 1-2 hours, stir once or twice during cooking.
  • Preheat oven to 375 F. Cut the split French loaf into 3 separate sandwiches. Repeat with second loaf. If making all 12 servings, repeat with 3rd and 4th loaf.
  • Pull a small amount of bread out of the bottom of the loaf to make a bowl for the meat.
  • Fill the bowl with meat mixture.
  • Cover the meat mixture with shredded Mozzarella cheese.
  • Place the top of loaf onto the sandwich and wrap the entire thing in foil. Bake for 15 minutes in the oven and serve.