McDonald’s may have “suspended its activities”, but the Russian ingenuity has not gone away. Cooking a standard set of your favorite fast food in your home kitchen is nothing complicated. You don’t even need any supernatural gadgets. In this article, we conjure a burger, french fries, chicken McNuggets and, as a bonus, we will try to cook homemade cola. Find out what and how to cook step by step. And no sanctions!
Double Fresh McMuffin
Two grilled meat patties, a special sauce, cheese… This is about a Big Mac, and we have a tomato instead of a cucumber, and only an onion in a cutlet. Double Fresh McMuffin is a burger so elementary that you definitely won’t need any knowledge of haute cuisine.
We deliberately don’t list the grams because you’ll figure out how many hamburgers you need and what kind of McMuffin you want – regular, double, triple, or the height of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. It’s not hard to guess that for one classic serving you only need one bun, a lone tomato and a modest lettuce leaf.
A true cutlet at McDonald’s is not minced and hardly from a pork tenderloin. Therefore, we will arm ourselves with a meat grinder and send pork there – it is better to take pieces of meat along with streaks of fat – and onions. For 400-500 grams of meat, half a small onion is enough.
Add spices to the prepared minced meat. Paprika, black pepper, a pinch of nutmeg are perfect. Don’t forget to salt.
To get perfectly even cutlets, you will need a small cooking ring with a diameter of about 10-11.5 cm and parchment paper or foil. A convenient alternative is a special press for burger patties – yes, there are such. The most budget option is to make a ring out of an unnecessary tin can or plastic bottle. We cut parchment paper into small squares, grease with vegetable oil. Above – a ring, in the ring – minced meat. We ram, level, remove the ring. We repeat the operation for the number of cutlets.
Paclan paper for baking in sheets 38*42 cm, 16 pcs.
Next, choose what to fry. The real canon is the grill . We turn on the double-sided electric grill, heat it up, send our cutlets into it directly on parchment or foil. Fry for a few minutes. Ready!
If there is no electric grill, and your craving for fast food is not strong enough to buy a separate device, a grill pan will do . In a very extreme case – an ordinary frying pan with a thick bottom. A grill pan is better because it collects the juice in the grooves, and the meat turns out to be fried on the outside and juicy inside, does not boil in its own juice and does not become loose after cooking. In a regular frying pan, turning the parchment can be removed.
As soon as everything is ready, we begin to collect the burger. Cut the bun in half. Lubricate both parts with mustard – it is she who is the main ingredient in the “special” McDonald’s sauce. To complete the experiment and make it more juicy, you can mix mustard with mayonnaise, curry sauce and add a spoonful of liquid smoke for flavor, then it will be almost canonical. Then cutlet – cheese plastic – cutlet again – tomato slice – lettuce leaf. Ready!
To turn a McMuffin into a Big Mac, instead of cutting the bun in half, cut it into three pieces. Instead of a tomato, you need a pickled pickled cucumber. The assembly scheme is as follows: bun – a spoonful of sauce – chopped onion – Iceberg lettuce – cheese slice – cutlet – middle part of the roll – sauce – onion – lettuce – cucumber rings – cutlet – bun.
But what about the bun? Is it possible to take a purchase? You can do it that way, but you can get confused from the heart and also make homemade buns in the oven.
For lubrication: 1 egg, 1 tsp. vegetable oil, sesame.
Here you will have to tinker. First, melt the butter in any convenient way – in a saucepan over a fire or in a microwave at medium power.
Pour water into a large bowl, add yeast and leave for five minutes. Then pour oil, honey (can be replaced with sugar) and warm milk to the yeast. Stir with a whisk.
In portions, pour in the flour, stirring the dough with a whisk. Add a pinch of salt. As it thickens, instead of a whisk, you can use a mixer with hook attachments or knead the dough with your hands.
As soon as the dough stops sticking to your hands and bowl, cover the bowl with a towel and put it in a warm place for a couple of hours. Best of all – in the switched off oven .
When the dough has risen, you can knead it and leave for another half hour. And you can work right away.
Divide the dough into 10-12 equal parts. Roll each into a ball and flatten slightly to form a bun.
We spread the blanks on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Leave a distance of 4-5 cm between the buns, as they will increase in size even more. Put in the still turned off oven for another hour. It is best to cover again with a towel so that the dough does not dry out.
After an hour, when the buns have risen again, brush them with a lightly beaten egg and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
We bake at a temperature of 200 ° C in a preheated oven, on the top-bottom mode, for about 15 minutes.
As soon as the buns are browned, we take out and send the next batch. From these ingredients, buns will turn out a lot. If you need less – reduce the main products, except for yeast, by half.
French fries and McNuggets
What is fast food without something terribly fried, small and completely harmful. Of course, we are talking about french fries and fried chicken nuggets.
In the preparation of these dishes, you can go in two ways: convenient and elementary. The second option is to fry in a regular frying pan, saucepan or saucepan. The result will be unpredictable. It is best to use a ready-made fryer – it will provide the necessary temperature for the oil to boil and there will be no risk that instead of frying, the food will start to stew. In addition, the fryer is much safer and cooks cleaner.
For him, you will need, in fact, potatoes and vegetable oil – nothing more. Choose larger potatoes. We clean, cut into cubes. By the way, if you suddenly have difficulties with how to cut a crooked potato beautifully, then here’s how:
And then everything is simple. Rinse sliced potatoes several times in cold water to get rid of excess starch, then dry on a towel. Fry in a deep fryer or pan with heated vegetable oil for 5-7 minutes. If you decide to cook a lot at once, then throw potatoes in small portions.
There are a huge number of recipes for chicken nuggets made from natural chopped breast on the network. But here in McDonald’s this dish is prepared exclusively from minced chicken – the same breast, only ground. So let’s do the canon.
First, let’s prepare the chicken. We cut the fillet into cubes and send it to the blender chopper or meat grinder. Grind into fine minced meat, add a pinch of salt, a little pepper, a teaspoon of starch.
Cover the cutting board with cling film. We separate small parts from the minced meat and form balls with a diameter of about 5 cm. We spread it on a film, ivy – we don’t worry about the shape, the canonical McNuggets do not differ in strict geometry. The fastest way is to flatten the blanks with another board in the film, pressing down from above. We send the blanks to the freezer, but for now let’s take care of the batter.
For batter, mix flour, 65 grams of starch, baking powder, soda, a pinch of black pepper and a teaspoon of salt. Then we break the egg into the flour and knead the batter, gradually pouring in cold water.
In a separate bowl, mix the remaining starch and a little more pepper.
We start cooking. Heat up the fryer with oil. Each nugget is first dipped in dry starch, then in liquid batter, and then sent to hot oil. We fry for about 7-10 minutes.
Best served with mustard-honey sauce.
Get ready, now there will be a real witchcraft. We have found many recipes for homemade cola, and one looks intriguing to the other. Either they offer to mix rosehip syrups, then chokeberry – it sounds so Russian that it scares. We have selected the most confusing option, the closest to a real cola. True, instead of Zero Calories there is a lot of sugar. But for real gourmets, it’s better to go to the store anyway, and the siphon – yes, yes, here we will play big – use it for lemonade, it’s much more difficult to make a mistake with it.
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Pour 5 tablespoons of sugar into a saucepan with a thick bottom, add a glass of water. Bring to a boil and simmer until an amber caramel color. In general, it’s just a dye.
Remove the zest from the orange, lime and lemon and squeeze the juice from the fruit separately.
Pour a liter of water into another saucepan, add the zest, the remaining sugar, coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg. Bring to a boil and cook for a minute.
Pour the fruit juice, vanilla extract and cooked caramel into the hot mixture. Brew coffee in a small amount of water, strain and pour into syrup. Put the finished syrup in the refrigerator overnight.
Then you can take a ready-made mineral water or make it yourself using a siphon – the difference in quality will be huge. Each siphon comes with its own instructions, but in general, using this device is simple. As a rule, you need to pour drinking water into the siphon container, then tightly tighten the nozzle cap, connect the gas cylinder , shake the container several times, remove the cartridge and put a plug in its place – use ready-made soda. In automatic siphons, everything is still simpler and often solved with one button.
For cola, pour half a glass of prepared syrup, and then dilute to the top with soda. We try – and go to the store for a real cola.
The siphon can also be used for lemonade, it is much more difficult to make a mistake with it. To do this, stock up on fruit syrups, crushed ice and fruits. With the help of syrups and a siphon, you can make delicious lemonade in about a couple of minutes – just add a couple of tablespoons of syrup to a glass, add ice, pour soda. Ready!