Recreate your fast food favorites: Homemade KFC Chicken, Big Mac, Calgary Ginger Fried Beef and Fried Rice

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Fast food favorites at home

Fast food is a guilty pleasure for many, offering quick, delicious and comforting meals. However, preparing these dishes at home can be a healthier, more economical, and fun culinary experience. This article will guide you in recreating popular fast food items: KFC chicken, Big Mac, Calgary-style ginger fried beef, and fried rice.

Homemade KFC Chicken: Crispy and Delicious

Ingredients:

  • Chicken pieces
  • Buttermilk
  • All-purpose flour
  • Maize starch
  • A blend of herbs and spices (garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, dried oregano, salt and pepper)

Instructions:

  1. Marinate the chicken in buttermilk and a pinch of salt for at least 4 hours.
  2. Mix the flour, cornstarch and seasoning in a bowl.
  3. Dredge the marinated chicken in the flour mixture.
  4. Fry in vegetable oil at 350°F until golden and cooked through.

DIY Big Mac: the iconic burger with a twist

Ingredients:

  • Minced meat
  • Sesame seed buns
  • Cheddar cheese slices
  • Lettuce
  • Chopped onion
  • Pickles
  • Big Mac Sauce (mayonnaise, mustard, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, pickles)

Instructions:

  1. Form the meat into thin burgers and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Cook the potatoes on a hot grill or frying pan.
  3. Lightly toast the breads.
  4. Assemble the burger with cheese, lettuce, onion, pickles and Big Mac sauce.

Calgary-Style Ginger Fried Beef: A Canadian Chinese Classic

This famous dish, which consists of marinated meat fried in batter and covered in a sweet spicy sauce, is a staple in Alberta’s Chinese restaurants. In winter it helps to warm you up, on hot summer nights it is a spicy dish that will cool you down.

You can make yours Ginger Meat as hot and spicy, or as sweet as you want. All it takes is a little practice.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound flank steak
  • One carrot
  • Three or more hot peppers
  • (at least) 2 tablespoons chopped fresh ginger
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon of sesame oil

marinated

  • 2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
  • A tablespoon of cooking wine
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ginger juice
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon of sesame oil

To knock

  • 1 egg
  • A quarter cup of water
  • A quarter cup of flour
  • A quarter cup of cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon chili pepper oil (optional)

Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon chili pepper oil (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon of red wine
  • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of vinegar
  • 7 tablespoons of honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons of water
  • chili oil or chili powder to taste

4 to 5 cups of oil for frying

Instructions:

Cut the meat into long strips, cutting along the fibers. (The meat is easier to cut if it is partially frozen). As you gain more experience, you can decide if you like your Ginger Beef very crispy, in which case you make thinner strips. If you like a chewier Ginger Beef, make the strips thicker.

To make ginger juice for the marinade, peel and grate the ginger. Squeeze the juice. Mix the oven marinade ingredients. Add to the meat and marinate for at least 30 minutes.

Start preparing vegetables. Cut the carrot, celery and pepper into thin strips. Fine garlic. For the ginger, use the leftover chopped ginger from preparing the ginger juice.

Mix the sauce ingredients. Left it aside.

Beat the egg white and add water. Add the flour and cornstarch. Mix the dough well. Pour the batter into the marinated meat.

Heat wok. When heated, add 3 to 5 cups of oil. When the oil is ready, add about 1/4 of the meat/pasta mixture. Fry the meat until golden. Remove and reserve.

Let the oil return to its original temperature and add more meat.

When the meat is cooked, clean the wok. Heat and add 1 tablespoon of oil. When the oil is ready, add the vegetables and start frying. Pour in the sauce and let it boil. Add the fried meat. Mix quickly and remove.

Sprinkle with sesame oil and serve hot. To make your Ginger Beef a little grocery, add more pepper.

Easy and tasty fried rice: a versatile side dish

Ingredients:

  • Cooked rice, preferably from the day before
  • Eggs
  • Diced peas and carrots
  • Chopped onion
  • Soy sauce
  • Sesame oil
  • Green onion to garnish

Instructions:

  1. Scramble the eggs in a pan and set aside.
  2. Onion, peas and carrots sautéed in sesame oil.
  3. Add rice, soy sauce and scrambled eggs. Fry until heated through.
  4. Decorated with chives.

Bringing fast food favorites to your kitchen

Recreating these fast food classics at home allows for customization and a healthier approach. It’s a delicious way to bring your favorite comfort foods into your kitchen, offering both the joy of cooking and the pleasure of eating. Enjoy these homemade versions of your fast food favorites!

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