McDonald's is probably the most recognizable fast food chain in the entire world, with over 34,000 restaurants in more than 100 countries. In may not be the healthiest place to get a meal, but like millions of kids in America, I grew up on McDonald's unquestionably delicious products—and I'm still alive.
Shamrock Shakes, Big Macs, McNuggets, McRibs, and Egg McMuffins are just a few of the edibles that Mickey D's has been peddling for decades.
Now that I have my own kitchen and the cooking skills of Bobby Flay, I don't need to visit the drive-thru anymore. I can just make my own Big Macs and Egg McMuffins at home, and so can you...
My favorite meal of the day is breakfast, and one of my favorite McDonald's snacks is the classic Egg McMuffin. It's the perfect combination of Canadian bacon, egg, cheese, and buttered English muffin.
Making one of these bad boys at home is rather easy—except for that circularly cooked egg patty. You can buy an English muffin, Canadian bacon, and cheese at your local grocery store, but if you want to make that trademark McDonald's round egg, you're going to have to put in a little more work.
If you like your egg sandwiches every morning, you can purchase an egg ring tool, and if you're really serious, the Egg McMuffin Maker. However, opting for a mason jar lid is the easiest and cheapest approach. Chances are you have one floating around somewhere.
Once you've got everything you need, just follow along with McDonald's Executive Chef Dan Coudreaut (yes, McDonald's actually has chefs) in the video below as he recreates this American delicacy.
Brush a little oil to the inside of the mason jar lid ring, then into the hot pan. Next, place the ring in your pan and crack the egg into the ring. After that, add a little water around the ring mold to help steam the egg, pop a lid over the pan, and wait until the egg gets nice and fluffy. You can also use the mason jar lid ring to circularize your Canadian bacon.
If you want to make the Sausage McMuffin with Egg instead of the traditional Egg McMuffin, just substitute the Canadian bacon with a sausage patty.
Or go crazy and experiment with your own ingredients!
The almighty Big Mac may be the most recognizable of the Mickey D's sandwiches. I mean, how many burgers have their own theme song?
While recreating a burger like this is not all that complicated (the song even lists the ingredients), getting the taste and the special sauce just right is sort of an art form.
But fear not, Chef Dan Coudreaut is here to help us out again, so head on over to his official recipe to start making the perfect homemade Big Macs in your own kitchen.
If you're tired of the McDonald's chef, you can always try out this Big Mac clone.
Needless to say, McDonald's French fries are the shit. I cannot tell you how many times I got fast food from another spot and then drove to McDonald's just for the fries. Now, I don't have to because I've got the recipe right here.
Making those perfectly crisp and golden fries are probably more complicated than you think. There are multiple stages of frying, a couple ingredients you may not have thought of, and even some freezing involved.
If you think you can manage it, check out the full recipe. For a little more information on the process and science behind the fries, I suggest you check out J. Kenji López-Alt's in-depth article over on Serious Eats.
The elusive McRib sandwich is one of my favorites on McDonald's menu. It used to be an everyday item, but after consistently poor sales, McDonald's dropped the axe. Now the sandwich is offered sporadically and brings about much fanfare, just like their sporadic cherry pies.
However, you can avoid the long wait and make one right in the comfort of your kitchen. Check out the full recipe here.
Here's another McDonald's limited time offer that you can laugh at. The green-colored Shamrock Shake is a minty milkshake served during the month of March to celebrate St. Paddy's Day. Once you know the recipe, you can have your Shamrock Shake any time you want.
The ingredients in the video above go by really quickly (around the 11 second mark), so here's the quick rundown:
- 1 cup vanilla ice cream
- 1 cup milk
- ¼ tsp mint extract
- 3 drops green food dye
- ½ cup ice
This brings an end to our McDonald's cookbook. If you really prefer the drive-thru versus your own kitchen, you can at least make it more fun by tormenting those unsuspecting McDonald's employees. Try out this invisible driver prank, or even have Chucky grab your food for you.