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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Loco Moco

What's with this, Loco Moco? Nope, I've never been to Hawaii - although it is on my list of place to travel some day. I grew up in a very culturally-diverse community - Jacksonville, Florida to be exact. Being a Navy brat, it seemed like I was always exposed to so many different foods, religions, customs, holidays, languages ... you name it. I am actually very grateful that I was exposed to so many different kinds of people from such a young age. I never really thought anything of it, until I realized that not everyone had that same experience or exposure that I had. 

I was fortunate enough to have a really great bunch of friends in high school - and was blessed enough to get to try things from their cultures, that I never would have had at home. Loco Moco being one of those dishes! Some of my Filipino friends even had their own take on this classic Hawaiian dish!

Loco Moco is a really simple dish. Although there are probably many variations - traditionally, it consists of steamed white rice, a hamburger patty, a sunny-side up egg and lots of brown gravy! I've also had a Spam version of this dish - which I kinda dig too! Personally, I don't do runny eggs, so I make sure mine is cooked all the way through by using a fried egg - but you could certainly cook your eggs how you like them!

Loco Moco

Loco Moco
Printable recipe
Yield: 4 servings

Steamed white rice, enough for 4 servings
1 lb. lean ground beef
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 can (14-15 oz.) low-sodium beef broth
A shake or two of Worchestershire sauce
2 tbsp. cornstarch
¼ cup water
4 eggs

Prepare your rice according to package directions. 

Shape the ground beef into 4 equal sized patties. Season with salt and pepper. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and place the patties in the pan. Let the patties sear for 4-5 minutes, then carefully flip them over and let them continue to cook until the meat is no longer pink - about 3-4 minutes. Remove from the pan and set aside. Keep warm. 

In the same skillet, add the broth. Cook over medium-high heat until hot. Stir the cornstarch and water in a small bowl until smooth. Add to the pan. Bring to a boil - constantly stirring with a whisk - and boil for 1 minute or until thickened. Season with additional salt and pepper, if desired.

Meanwhile, prepare the eggs your favorite way. Traditionally, a sunny-side up egg is served, but I prefer a fried egg. Serve what your family likes best!

To serve, place the rice evenly between 4 plates. Top each plate with a burger patty, an egg and some of the gravy. 

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  1. I'm not a Navy brat, but I am an Air Force brat, so I've gotten to experience lots of cultures too. I would really love to try those Hawaiian dogs!

  2. OMG!! I cook hamburger and rice with gravy all the time, but to add an egg (fried) on the side!! This just made my world!! I am going to have to try this as soon as I get all moved and settled...I'm getting hungry now just thinking about it!!

  3. Great job Jamie, never had this before, but it sounds awesome! Thanks for sharing :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  4. Jamie, we kept seeing all sorts of signs for loco moco in Hawaii this summer but we were never brave enough to try. I might just have to make some at home to see how it goes. I can see why surfers loved this meal--totally filling and inexpensive!

  5. the gravy sucks me in...and for sure a runny egg :) I love that you had exposure to all kinds of people as a kid. I wish there was a bit more diversity around here for my kids. We'll just have to get rich quick and travel the world instead I guess.

  6. Yum, looks great! Your Hawaiian Hot Dog looks delicious too. Which one to start with.... Thanks for sharing! Stop by my Friday's Five Features and link up this post (and others)! http://diy-vintage-chic.blogspot.com/2013/08/fridays-five-features-no-5.html-chic.blogspot.com

  7. Now this is a dish I have never heard of! I love a sunny side up egg and why not have it with meat and rice for dinner? Topping it with gravy is like the icing on the cake!

  8. Seriously I need to install you in my kitchen! Between you and Linda I'd be fat but very happy lol. I grew up with lots of Italian and Greek friends they hated that they at different o the "Aussie" kids but I never turned down a dinner invite. I think their mums gave me a good appreciation of food. This looks yum, I think I would do sunny side up I like unny eggs.

  9. We will just love this simple dish. Hope you have a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  10. Right after we got married my husband (in the Navy) got stationed at Pearl Harbor and we lived in Hawaii from 1990-94. I've had my fair share of Logo Moco, but haven't had it since!

  11. Have never heard of this dish. But it has gravy, so, well, yeah!
    I don't like runny eggs either!
    Thanks for sharing, Jamie.

  12. This sounds really tasty! I love learning about new cultures, especially from people who are part of them!

  13. Having grown up in Hawai'i, I can promise you that Loco Moco is ono (Hawaiian for delicious)! Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday on Organized 31.


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