After suffering from withdrawal from the tropical scenery in Vero Beach, FL I decided to make some loco moco. Loco moco is a contemporary Hawaiian dish that consists of rice, topped with a hamburger patty, a fried egg, and gravy. What could be better than that to beat the Kansas blues?
The first step is get your rice going. It will take the longest. For jasmine rice, which is what I used, combine one cup of rice with 1.5 cups water. Bring to a boil, turn the heat to low, cover and wait 15-20 minutes.
Next, it’s gravy time! I sautéed some mushrooms and diced onions in some butter until softened. I added some chopped sage and chopped rosemary from my herb garden. Then, I stirred in some flour to make a roux to thicken the gravy. Cook the flour for a couple of minutes and then I whisked in some milk and stirred until thick. Taste, and season with salt and pepper. Finally, I add two dashes of worcestershire sauce and four dashes of hot sauce. You could use beef broth or chicken stock instead of milk for a lighter gravy. But, since I’m really missing those palm trees, I’m going for a hearty gravy to help ease the pain 😓 If your gravy gets too thick, add more liquid. You can’t mess it up. Just be sure to taste and re-season again if necessary.
Next, pan fry or grill up some burgers.
And finally, fry up some eggs. Let’s be honest…everything is better with a fried egg on top!
To plate this hearty and comforting dish, put the rice on the bottom, top with the hamburger patty, the fried egg, and then the gravy.
Cut into that beautiful egg yolk and salivate as you watch it spill out!
I am cuckoo for loco moco! Let this contemporary Hawaiian dish carry you away to the islands!