What’s Cooking in Gail’s Kitchen? Home Cooking: Loco Moco! Living up to its name, this breakfast food is actually one of Hawaii’s local favorites. The serving size is so generous you might think it’s way too much for breakfast. I didn’t eat the rest of the day after trying it at a local restaurant there. However, when you prepare it at home, you have more control over serving sizes as well as the time of day for this meal. Basically, it is composed of four layers. The bottom is fried rice, the middle is a beef patty, the next is an egg over easy. And the top layer is a ladle of gravy. Don’t knock it till you try it!
Ingredients for Rice Layer:
1 cup prepared brown rice
1 strips bacon, crisp and crumbled
1 sausage patty, crumbed*
2 ounces smoked sausage,
2 tablespoons sesame oil
2 tablespoons onion, cut-up
*Hawaiians favor SPAM.
Instructions for Rice Layer:
In large skillet add sesame oil and sauté onions. Add remaining ingredients. Stir fry to blend flavors. Set aside.
Ingredients for Beef Patty Layer:
4 1/4-pound beef patties
1 can beef consommé
Dash of pepper
Instructions for Beef Patty Layer:
Cook beef in consommé until tender. I did this the day before in my slow-cooker. It’s worth the effort! Save the broth for turning into gravy.
Ingredients for Egg Layer:
4 fresh eggs
Instructions for Egg Layer:
Cook on stove to make eggs over-easy (or sunny-side up) so the yolks are still runny.
Ingredients for Gravy Layer:
1 cup beef consommé*
2 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons butter
*Add water if necessary to make one cup of liquid.
Instructions for Gravy Layer:
Melt butter in saucepan. Add flour to the butter and stir to make a roux. Cook over medium-low heat until the flour is lightly browned, about 1 minute. Slowly whisk in the consommé juices and stir until thickened.
Now serve by assembling the layers in a shallow bowl: rice, beef, egg, and gravy. Loco Moco!