The Doodles enjoy traveling. Our travels consist of semi-planned days, wherein relaxation and food hunting are the priorities. Ten months ago, Mr. Doodles and I ventured to Fun Island also known as Oahu. For a whole week, we enjoyed the photogenic sun, the white beach, a non-work related environment, and the ymmy food.
And yes, the yummy food and friendly locals trumped the gorgeous scenery in terms of best experiences, ever.
During our stay, one of our favorite dishes was the loco moco. A full meal consisting of a fried egg and a hamburger patty covered with gravy on top of a bowl of steamed white rice. Easy enough to recreate during one of Ms. D’s loco moco cravings. And today is one of those days.
Loco Moco Recipe
1 lb ground beef blend of your choice *I prefer 85% lean, organic.
1 large shallot, chopped *Use the food the processor for a fine texture.
Salt and pepper
4 fried eggs *Use desired number of eggs
2 cups cooked steamed white rice
1/2 cup mushroom, thinly sliced (optional) *I used shitake for this meal.
2 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoon flour
1/4 cup white wine (optional) *I prefer vodka or sake.
1/2 – 3/4 cup chicken broth *Find a low sodium brand.
1/4 cup heavy cream
Salt and pepper
1. In a large bowl, combine beef, shallots, salt, and pepper. Marinate for at least an thirty minutes.
2. Divide the mixture in four parts to make large patties or 8 parts to make smaller patties.
3. Freeze the patties for twenty to thirty minutes.
4. Place a skillet on the stove top. Turn the stove top on high heat. Once the pan is hot, place the patties on the pan.
5. When the juices are released on top of the patty, sear the other side. Cook to preferred doneness.
6. Set the patties aside to rest.
7. Deglaze the pan with the preferred alcohol to remove the brown bits from the pan.
8. Add butter and mushroom. Saute for three minutes.
9. Add flour. Mix thoroughly to form a roux. Cook for four to five minutes to develop the thickener and to remove the flour-y taste.
10. Add the chicken broth gradually while stirring. The mixture will thicken at this point. Add more broth if a thinner gravy is preferred.
11. Add salt, pepper, a few drops of Worcestershire sauce to taste.
12. Turn off the heat and add the heavy cream. Mix evenly. Set aside.
13. To assemble the loco moco, place a portion of white rice on a bowl. Top with a hamburger patty and a fried egg. Serve with gravy poured on top of the assembly or on the side.
Verdict: One of the easiest dishes yet oh-so-satisfying dishes to prepare. And yes, make more gravy if necessary.