After doing some serious research and development (and eating way too many french fries), we figured out a couple tricks to make the perfect copycat McDonald’s spuds. Beside the one secret you need to know for making the best french fries, McDonalds has a couple other surprises that set their potatoes apart from others.First, McDonald’s adds dextrose, which is just a fancy name for sugar, to their fries before they’re cooked. The added sugar caramelizes during the fry process which helps achieve that soft golden color that makes them so distinct. To do this at home, simply soak your cut potatoes (russets of course) in water mixed with a little corn syrup for 30 minutes. The other secret to McDonald’s perfectly tasty spuds is that they are flavored natural beef seasoning. A shortcut that we found yields a similar end product to the current version of the fries, but makes life much easier: adding some beef tallow (rendered beef fat) to the frying oil when cooking the potatoes for the second and final fry.
Americas’ most popular burrito chain also serves an addictive salad dressing that tastes incredible on just about anything. Because we love it so much, we have tested and perfected a version of Chipotle’s Chipotle-Honey Vinaigrette that’s easy enough for any home cook to prepare and rivals the original. This vinaigrette is so versatile that it’s perfect drizzled simply on top of crisp romaine salad, but also works great as a dip and makes a wonderful appetizer served with a crudité. You can also use this dressing to marinate chicken, fish, and even beef.
This “fruit juice” drink made of mostly sugar, water, and orange juice concentrate powered us through recess, and now you can make a similar tasting beverage at home for when the nostalgic need arises.
Italian-American hot spot Carbone in New York is one of Jason Goldstein's favorite restaurants. It can be hard to get a reservation to chow down on their popular spicy rigatoni vodka, so he decided to replicate it at home using everyday pantry staples. He uses penne in his version but you can use rigatoni as Carbone does, or any other tube-shaped pasta. Recipe courtesy of Jason Goldstein of Chop Happy.
Mayochup is officially taking the country by storm, with consumers raving about this brand new condiment. No one has ever, ever had such an original thought — to mix two heavy-hitting sauces together to create a single, almighty, all-purpose condiment is pure genius. In this inspired iteration, creamy mayonnaise meets tangy-sweet ketchup, resulting in a perfectly balanced supersauce that is truly remarkable. Thank you, Heinz — this visionary new product is definitely going to move some culinary mountains.If for some ghastly reason, you find yourself unable to find the magic that is Mayochup in your local grocery, never fear! With your chin up and a few simple ingredients, you can improvise. We cannot guarantee that is will be quite as delicious at the original, but y’know, in a pinch, it might just tide you over until you can get your hands on the good stuff.The 53 Products Trader Joe's Customers and Employees Love the Most New Coke, Colgate Lasagna, and 15 Other Food Products That Failed MiserablyCan You Guess the Ridiculous Prices of These Ridiculous Whole Foods Products?
This copycat recipe will keep your doughnut demons at bay while you argue the perennial doughnut debate — Dunkin’ Doughnuts or Krispy Kreme (sorry, Dunkie’s loyalists). For the recipe, we went to the source — New Orleans — and found that Krispy Kreme doughnuts might have more to do with beignets then their shape suggest.