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Big Mac Salad Recipe

Jordon loves Big Macs but since he started chemotherapy, he can’t keep down a lot of breads.  So this easy to make salad means he can enjoy a Big Mac again and I can premake it and have some ready when he is.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 teaspoons Montreal steak seasoning
  • 6 cups torn iceberg lettuce
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup salad croutons
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1 small onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup dill pickle slices
  • Thousand Island salad dressing

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine beef and steak seasoning, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Shape into twenty 1/2-in.-thick patties. Grill burgers, covered, over medium heat 3-4 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 160°.
  2. In a large bowl, combine lettuce, burgers, cheese, croutons, tomato, onion and pickles. Serve with salad dressing.
    Freeze option: Place patties on a plastic wrap-lined baking sheet; wrap and freeze until firm. Remove from pan and transfer to a resealable plastic freezer bag; return to freezer. To use, cook frozen patties as directed, increasing time as necessary for a thermometer to read 160°. Yield: 4 servings.

How to make a McDonald’s Big Mac with special sauce (the secret revealed!)

How to make a McDonald’s Big Mac with special sauce (the secret revealed!)

Chatelaine has the recipeHere is an even better one.  It’s a DIY Big Mac.

A DIY McDonalds Big Mac

Serves 4

Ingredients

Sauce

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp. yellow mustard
  • 1 Tbsp. relish
  • 1 tsp. white vinegar
  • ⅛ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. paprika
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. onion powder

Burgers

  • 6 brioche buns
  • 2 lbs. ground beef (preferably organic, from a local butcher)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. butter, separated
  • ½ cup finely diced onion
  • 1 cup shredded iceberg lettuce
  • 16 thin slices dill pickles
  • 8 slices aged cheddar cheese

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, combine the mayo, mustard, relish vinegar, salt and spices. You can serve the sauce right away, but refrigerating it overnight is best, as it allows the flavors to marry.
  2. Preheat a large skillet over medium heat.
  3. Split 4 of the buns in the middle, and set aside. Split the remaining 2 buns twice, creating 2 bases and a small top from each bun. (Tip: Keep the 2 small tops for later use, they make amazing croutons.)
  4. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in the skillet and, working in batches, toast the buns in the pan until golden brown and set aside.
  5. Use a kitchen scale to divide the ground beef into eight ¼-pound pieces. Shape the meat into thin patties just larger than the buns, and indent a thumbprint in the center of each patty to prevent shrinking. Season both sides with salt and pepper.
  6. In the large pan on medium-high heat, melt 1 tablespoon of butter. Working in batches, fry the patties 2½ minutes per side.
  7. Spread 1 tablespoon of sauce on the bottom bun, then top with—in order—1 tablespoon of onion, 2 tablespoons of lettuce, 2 pickle slices, 1 slice of cheese and 1 patty. Top with one of the center buns, and repeat the condiment, cheese and burger stack, and add the top bun.
  8. Repeat with the remaining patties, buns and toppings.

The grim truth of Chinese factories producing the west’s Christmas toys

From the Guardian

An investigation with the US-based NGO China Labor Watch reveals that toys including Barbie, Thomas the Tank Engine and Hot Wheels were made by staff earning as little as 86p an hour.

Overtime can run to nearly three times the legal limit. In some factories – including one producing Happy Meal toys for McDonald’s from the new DreamWorks movie Trolls – that means some are on 12-hour shifts and have to work with hazardous chemicals.

According to China Labor Watch, the world of toys may be heaven for children, but it is a world of misery for toy factory workers.

The group’s founder and executive director, Li Qiang, said: “We can’t tolerate that children’s dreams are based on workers’ nightmares, and we must fight against the unfair oppression of workers who manufacture toys.”

Undercover investigators infiltrated four factories, and the group shared wage slips and pictures with the Observer to support their findings.

The investigators said that they found workers making toys in factories supplying Disney, Mattel, Fisher-Price and McDonald’s who reported having to do more than 100 hours of overtime a month – nearly three times the legal limit in China.

A Big Mac at Home Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3.2 ounces boneless beef short rib, well-chilled
  • 1/4 cup finely minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon onion grated on a microplane grater
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sweet pickle relish
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon marmite, vegemite, or Maggi seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 whole Wonderbread brand hamburger bun, plus 1 bottom bun
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds (about 600)
  • 1/4 cup shredded iceberg lettuce
  • 4 dill pickle slices
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 slice American cheese

Directions

  1. Pass beef through meat grinder fitted with 1/4-inch plate twice. Form into two even balls and flatten into 4-inch patties using wet hands against a cutting board. Scrape patties up with thin spatula and place on a sheet of parchment paper. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. Place minced onion on a double layer of paper towels on a microwave-safe plate and microwave for 10 minutes on low power until mostly dehydrated but not browned. Set aside.
  3. While onion is dehydrating, combine grated onion, mayonnaise, relish, mustard, sugar, Marmite, and turmeric. Stir to combine and refrigerate until ready to use.
  4. Preheat toaster oven or broiler to high. Use one finger to spread a very thin layer of egg white over the top of the top bun. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and place under broiler for 30 seconds until set. Set aside. Use a sharp, thin knife to cut off the very bottom of the bottom bun half, creating a single circular piece of bread with cut surfaces on both sides.
  5. Toast cut side of top bun and bottom bun, and one side of center bun piece under broiler until light golden brown. Place bottom bun and center bun on cutting board toasted-side up. Spread half of sauce on each. Divide dehydrated onions evenly between bottom and center buns and top with lettuce. Place 2 pickle slices on each.
  6. Season burger patties with salt and pepper. Heat a heavy-bottomed 10-inch stainless steel or cast iron skillet over high heat until lightly smoking. Add patties and cook without moving until first side is crusty and browned, about 1 minute. Scrape up patties with a stiff spatula and flip. Top one patty with 1 slice cheese. Continue cooking until cooked through, about 1 minute longer. Transfer cheese-topped patty to bottom bun and cheeseless patty to middle bun. Place top bun on top of center, then stack center bun on top of bottom. Serve immediately.

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