I found a package of four hamburger patties in my freezer (they were fresh and I froze them) and started thinking about what I would do with them for dinner tonight. We had cheeseburgers on the grill Saturday and Sunday at camp so we’re all taking a break from those. I pictured a Salisbury Steak type meal with some brown gravy packets and white rice. I’m swamped and have zero time for homemade anything tonight.
Poking around on the web at various adaptations for salisbury steak recipes I found, Loco Moco, a traditional Hawaiian dish that is extremely simple and is served at even the most elegant restaurants in Hawaii. It’s not the healthiest meal but it will do in a pinch. And, today, I need a pinch.
I found many variations, including Spam Loco Moco and the more traditional hamburger Loco Moco recipe like the one from Guy’s Big Bite which includes the recipe from scratch.
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Shortcut Loco Moco
I’m making shortcut Loco Moco. Instant rice, preformed hamburger patties (available in the meat section at most grocery stores) and Brown Gravy packet mix.
Prepare rice and gravy according to package directions.
Brown a quarter cup chopped sweet onion in 2 Tbs. butter . Add four 1/4 lb beef patties. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook until patties are done. Remove patties from pan. Drop in four eggs, cooked sunny side up (or as desired).
Put a scoop of rice (flattened a bit) on your plate, then top with a hamburger patty. Pour over some of the brown gravy. Top with an egg. Enjoy!
History and Origin of Loco Moco
Loco moco is a traditional meal in the cuisine of Hawaii. There are many variations, but the essential loco moco consists of white rice, topped with a hamburger patty, a fried egg, and brown gravy.
Variations may include chili, bacon, ham, Spam,kalua pork, linguiça, teriyaki beef, teriyaki chicken, mahi-mahi, shrimp, oysters, and other meats. Loco Moco is also the name of a Hawaiian-based restaurant chain that serves Hawaiian rice bowl dishes.
The dish is rumored to have been created at either the Lincoln Grill or May’s Fountain, two restaurants in Hilo, Hawaii, in the 1940s. The most probable origin of the name is that “loco” is a variation of “local”, while “moco” was added simply because it rhymed.