Did you know that today is Fast Food Day? When you think of Plated, you probably don’t equate us with fast food (our mission is in fact Cook More, Live Better), but in honor of this particular day, we wanted to throw our own spin on the fast food favorites you know and love. Think burgers, fries, milkshakes, and all the ketchup, mustard, and mayo to go with it. (Yes, mayo.) These Plated go-tos are a snap to make (get it? fast food?) and even easier to eat. Order up.
When we think of the ultimate burger, this is it. Our take on the classic fast food burger—thin patty, lettuce, tomato, and lots of cheese, also featuring a tangy, creamy “special sauce” that Head Chef Elana made sure was absolutely perfect. The key: smashing the meat down into thin patties to get your burgers deliciously crisp and browned in the pan.
The crispy chicken sammy
Another fast food fave? A super juicy, crispy chicken sandwich. The combination of a fluffy bun, crispy chicken, and lots of sauce makes for a supremely delicious, and totally craveable meal. The Old Bay aioli and tangy pickles in our rendition add even more flavor to this staple.
We’re pretty firm believers in the power of French fries. We’ve definitely ordered a salad with fries on the side before, and we bet you have too. From their crisp, golden brown exterior to that salty, warm goodness, we absolutely adore this fast food classic. We’re also fans of another less “fast food” method of baking the potato strips, in place of frying. If you’re an expert with at-home frying, go for it! But, for those who find it kind of scary, this is a seriously solid option. Also, easy cleanup.
2 russet potatoes
Rinse potatoes and dry thoroughly (or peel, if you prefer). Halve potatoes lengthwise and flip cut-side down. Cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch slices, then cut lengthwise again into 1/4-inch fries. On a baking sheet, toss potatoes with 1.5 tablespoons olive oil. Arrange in a single layer and bake until crisp and tender, 20–25 minutes.
Pro tip: If you want to add even more deliciousness, chop up herbs (like parsley), and toss it into the fries.
Pro tip #2: Swap sweet potatoes in for regular potatoes, and toss with a little cayenne pepper for an added kick!
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