I was recently on a road trip to the wonderfully concrete and highway heavy Toronto. I don’t usually go along with Don, but decided to this time as there were some extra events planned.
One of the events was our REIN meeting. While attending it, one of our REIN members, Andrew MacDonald asked if I could send him my loco-moco rescipe….I said I would send it to him… so if I have to type out the recipe anyways… I thought I may as well make a blog post. Unfortunately I have never taken a picture of the dish when I have made it, but as it is such a basic dish I have attached others I have found that look the same. So here we go…Patties (can easily be doubled) 1 lb ground beef 1/4 – 1/2 cup grated white onion (not choppped) salt and pepper Gravy beef broth ( can just use hot water and some bovril, or knorr or…?) corn starch butter worchestire sauce, ketchup, dijon mustard eggs hot cooked white rice carmelized onions (optional)
I didn’t give quantities because I found it gets adjusted due to everyone’s personal taste. Start with 1 tbsp of cornstarch, and see if you like the consistency. I like to keep it a bit runny so that the rice gets a bit goopy. Some recipes don’t have the ketchup or the dijon, but I found it added some depth to the flavour. Also, one time I carmelized onions on the side and served them as a layer in the dish. In Hawaii, where we discovered this, if you go to the local food places… the dish is basically always served with macaroni salad. This seems very odd to me, but I think they just serve macaroni salad on the side of most platter meals there.
Heat your NON-non stick fry pan…. or as you would know it, your STICK ON pan…. get it nice and hot, add some oil. Place the patties in the pan, sear and get a litte charred… you want it to cook on a bit and get some ‘brown bits’ in the pan. Flip and do the same thing other side. Place burgers off to the side on a plate. With the pan hot, add the broth, reduce down. Add the worcestershire, ketchup and dijon ( just a little of each) I like to have mixed them together in a small dish ahead of time. Mix the cornstarch with water.. then slowly incorporate it into the pan, ensuring you don’t get lumps. Add some butter when its nice and smooth.
In a NON stick pan, cook your eggs to your liking. Eggs do not cook well in pans that are not non-stick… Sunnyside up, or over easy is preferable… you want the yolk to be a bit runny. To put it all together….rice, hamburger patty, gravy, egg, a little more gravy… Tip: cook the eggs right at the last minute, have the dishes ready to go and then serve immediately.
And then say …. ahhhhhh… comfort food. This is a really basic easy dish that never fails to deliver. We are off to Hawaii again very soon and I am looking forward to trying a few more versions of it.