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Hawaiian Thanksgiving (Fancy McRib and Filet-O-Fish) by Erik of Fancy Fast Food (with some support from Miz Stacecoaster)
Ah, another Thanksgiving is here, and this year we have plenty to be thankful for — most notably the return of the McRib!  Yes, America’s favorite processed pork rib sandwich is back!  No need to wander the different corners of the country looking for it, like in that Simpsons episode where Homer and a band of “Ribheads” go on tour following their favorite pork sandwich’s limited regional availability; the McRib is now available nationwide after a hiatus of a long sixteen years!  Let’s celebrate the mechanically-separated Thanksgiving harvest!Last Thanksgiving, we here at the Fancy Fast Food kitchen teamed up with Wired to reshape a corn dog and sides into a traditional "Franksgiving Dinner." This year, we’re going to celebrate our beloved national holiday in these United States by being inspired by the last, but certainly not least state to enter the union, Hawaii. 
Ingredients (from McDonald’s):
1 McRib sandwich (with extra onions)
1 Filet-O-Fish sandwich
2 side salads
1 large fries
1 McCafé Wild Berry Smoothie
1 bottle of water
packets of salt
PLUS: a natural banana leaf (for presentation and a touch of irony)
The centerpiece of any Hawaiian luau — other than the girls dancing in hula skirts — is the Kalua pig, traditionally prepared in an underground oven until the pork is slow-roasted to juicy, tender perfection.  While that is ideal, we just have the McRib as our pork source so we’ll have to improvise.  First, remove all the onions from the sandwich and set those aside for later.  Then take the processed pork patty and run it under a faucet to rinse off all the barbecue sauce.  What you’ll have left is an oddly-shaped pork product with fake rib shapes that you can use for your imagination to pretend that there once might have been bones there.  (It’s supposed to simulate ribs after all.)  No matter about the lack of bones; bones always get in the way anyway, and really, who needs them?  You should be thanking McDonald’s for getting rid of the most annoying part about eating ribs: the actual ribs.  In fact, take it a step further and use a knife to get rid of the ribbed texture by slicing off the top layer of the pork patty.  Then flip the patty over and slice off the upper layer as well until you have a completely exposed slab of the other “other white meat.”  Cutting the long way, thinly slice the sides of the pork patty so you have strands of what should start resembling shredded pork.  We need to do this because the McRib isn’t pork in its natural form (surprise surprise), so the meat isn’t going to shred naturally along lines of muscle tissue fibers.  Slice the patty until you have long thin strips of “rib meat,” and then slice those into thinner and thinner strips so that the collective pile looks like a nice serving of shredded roasted pork.  Kalua pig will be the main dish, but another traditional Hawaiian recipe is lomi-lomi salmon, which we’ll make in a more realistic way, substituting the pollock in the Filet-O-Fish for salmon.  First, scrape off the tartar sauce and slice off all the breading of the Filet-O-Fish square, and then crumble the resulting fish filet into a mixing bowl.  Add a packet of salt since a real lomi-lomi recipe calls for salted salmon.  Then, take the four cherry tomatoes from the two side salads and dice them into small pieces.  Take all the onions from the McRib sandwich, rinse them in a strainer, and then chop them along with some greens from the salad — another improvisation for the original recipe’s call for green onions.  Put the tomatoes, greens and onions into the bowl of salted pollock and mix everything together in the traditional way: with your hands.  So we have Kalua pork and lomi-lomi-o-fish, but what’s a luau without poi, that pasty, starchy purple dip made from taro?  Of course we don’t have taro, but plenty of starch in our box of french fries.  Put those fries in a food processor, add some water, and give it a purple hue by way of 2-3 big spoonfuls of the Wild Berry Smoothie.  Blend it down until it’s the consistency of yogurt, and tada… McPoi!  Lastly, the plating: serve the “shredded” Kalua pork on a banana leaf, the lomi-lomi-o-fish on a fancy bamboo plate, and the McPoi in a small wooden bowl.  Pour the rest of the Wild Berry Smoothie in a tropical cocktail glass, and then decorate with cocktail umbrellas, leis, and a dashboard hula girl if you have one — and the Fancy Fast Food Hawaiian Thanksgiving is served! Aloha!

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Recipe for the week of November 16, 2010:

Hawaiian Thanksgiving (Fancy McRib and Filet-O-Fish)
by Erik of Fancy Fast Food (with some support from Miz Stacecoaster)

Ah, another Thanksgiving is here, and this year we have plenty to be thankful for — most notably the return of the McRib! Yes, America’s favorite processed pork rib sandwich is back! No need to wander the different corners of the country looking for it, like in that Simpsons episode where Homer and a band of “Ribheads” go on tour following their favorite pork sandwich’s limited regional availability; the McRib is now available nationwide after a hiatus of a long sixteen years! Let’s celebrate the mechanically-separated Thanksgiving harvest!

Last Thanksgiving, we here at the Fancy Fast Food kitchen teamed up with Wired to reshape a corn dog and sides into a traditional "Franksgiving Dinner." This year, we’re going to celebrate our beloved national holiday in these United States by being inspired by the last, but certainly not least state to enter the union, Hawaii.

Ingredients (from McDonald’s):

  • 1 McRib sandwich (with extra onions)
  • 1 Filet-O-Fish sandwich
  • 2 side salads
  • 1 large fries
  • 1 McCafé Wild Berry Smoothie
  • 1 bottle of water
  • packets of salt
  • PLUS: a natural banana leaf (for presentation and a touch of irony)

The centerpiece of any Hawaiian luau — other than the girls dancing in hula skirts — is the Kalua pig, traditionally prepared in an underground oven until the pork is slow-roasted to juicy, tender perfection. While that is ideal, we just have the McRib as our pork source so we’ll have to improvise. First, remove all the onions from the sandwich and set those aside for later. Then take the processed pork patty and run it under a faucet to rinse off all the barbecue sauce. What you’ll have left is an oddly-shaped pork product with fake rib shapes that you can use for your imagination to pretend that there once might have been bones there. (It’s supposed to simulate ribs after all.)

No matter about the lack of bones; bones always get in the way anyway, and really, who needs them? You should be thanking McDonald’s for getting rid of the most annoying part about eating ribs: the actual ribs. In fact, take it a step further and use a knife to get rid of the ribbed texture by slicing off the top layer of the pork patty. Then flip the patty over and slice off the upper layer as well until you have a completely exposed slab of the other “other white meat.”

Cutting the long way, thinly slice the sides of the pork patty so you have strands of what should start resembling shredded pork. We need to do this because the McRib isn’t pork in its natural form (surprise surprise), so the meat isn’t going to shred naturally along lines of muscle tissue fibers. Slice the patty until you have long thin strips of “rib meat,” and then slice those into thinner and thinner strips so that the collective pile looks like a nice serving of shredded roasted pork.

Kalua pig will be the main dish, but another traditional Hawaiian recipe is lomi-lomi salmon, which we’ll make in a more realistic way, substituting the pollock in the Filet-O-Fish for salmon. First, scrape off the tartar sauce and slice off all the breading of the Filet-O-Fish square, and then crumble the resulting fish filet into a mixing bowl. Add a packet of salt since a real lomi-lomi recipe calls for salted salmon. Then, take the four cherry tomatoes from the two side salads and dice them into small pieces. Take all the onions from the McRib sandwich, rinse them in a strainer, and then chop them along with some greens from the salad — another improvisation for the original recipe’s call for green onions. Put the tomatoes, greens and onions into the bowl of salted pollock and mix everything together in the traditional way: with your hands.

So we have Kalua pork and lomi-lomi-o-fish, but what’s a luau without poi, that pasty, starchy purple dip made from taro? Of course we don’t have taro, but plenty of starch in our box of french fries. Put those fries in a food processor, add some water, and give it a purple hue by way of 2-3 big spoonfuls of the Wild Berry Smoothie. Blend it down until it’s the consistency of yogurt, and tada… McPoi!

Lastly, the plating: serve the “shredded” Kalua pork on a banana leaf, the lomi-lomi-o-fish on a fancy bamboo plate, and the McPoi in a small wooden bowl. Pour the rest of the Wild Berry Smoothie in a tropical cocktail glass, and then decorate with cocktail umbrellas, leis, and a dashboard hula girl if you have one — and the Fancy Fast Food Hawaiian Thanksgiving is served! Aloha!



If you are viewing this recipe in an aggregator (like tumblr’s Dashboard), or as a reblogged post, please check out the real website at FancyFastFood.com.

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