Big Macs are delicious. We can all be food snobs and pretend like they aren't, but the fact is, big macs were developed by scientists for optimal deliciousness. If you don't believe me, I bet you haven't had one in a while, and I REALLY bet you haven't had one drunk in a while. That being said, I'm not selling out to fast food or saying you should all be eating more big macs, I'm just stating facts. This recipe came to me a few weeks after thanksgiving last year when I was (surprise!) eating a big mac (and probably drunk?) I was thinking about what makes the burger good. Its OF COURSE NOT the burger itself. It has more to do with the interplay of the cheap bread, cheese, pickles, and crunchy lettuce. For some reason it came to me that the ratios of meat to bread to flavorings are similar to that of stuffing, and I thought it would be fun to literally buy 8 big macs, chop them up, stir in some chicken stock, and bake it off as a stuffing. Well I sobered up, realized I didn't want to spend 40 bucks at McDonalds, and had almost a whole year to develop this recipe. This stuffing came out absolutely amazing. When you eat it there is no question that you are eating a stuffing, and also no question that it is big mac flavored.
I bought extra buns because I wasn't sure how many I would need. 8 is the answer. 1 pack.
First make a delicious homemade thousand island dressing/secret sauce. Then you add a little chicken stock and an egg to this.
The buns have been toasted and the meat has been browned in butter.
Pour on the sauce!
Pickle and onion.
Then the cheese! You don't need much, it still tastes really cheesy. In other news, why don't we put cheese in stuffing more often?
Pour it into a baking dish.
This goes into a 325 oven for a half hour.
When it comes out its crisp, creamy, cheesy, bready, and just completely amazing.
In case you didn't notice, it's also over the top fatty, so eat with caution! If you have this as a side with your dinner it will be fine, just don't eat it as your whole meal like I did!
Wait aren't we forgetting something?
Oh yea, that lettuce! The lettuce is very important to make it really taste like a big mac.
If someone actually stuffs a bird with this, it will totally make my holiday season!
8 sesame seed buns. the real cheap kind.
4 oz cheddar cheese
1/2 cup diced pickles
1/2 cup diced onion
1/2 stick butter
3/4 of a pound lean ground beef
1/2 a head of iceberg lettuce, very finely shredded
1/2 cup mayo
1 tablespoon ketchup
1 tablespoon sriracha
1/2 tablespoon mustard
1 tablespoon pickle juice
5 large dill pickle chips very finely minced
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon grated garlic
1 teaspoon grated onion
1/2 cup chicken stock
1 large egg
Chop up the bread into small cubes and lay on large sheet pan. Bake at 325 for about 45 minutes stirring occasionally, to lightly brown and dry out. Mix all of the sauce ingredients and whisk vigorously with a fork. Be sure to take note of how amazing it tastes (possibly before adding the egg and stock). Dice up the onion and pickles and cube the cheddar. Melt the butter in a frying pan and add in the beef with ample salt and pepper. Stir the beef to brown and fully cook. Remove from heat.
In a large bowl, mix the bread with the beef/butter mixture. Stir in the onion and pickle, followed by the secret sauce. Stir well. Pour into a baking dish. Bake at 325 for 30 minutes. While its in the oven, shred the lettuce very finely. Top with the lettuce before serving.