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Lazy Loco Moco

While vacationing in Honolulu in 2010, my husband and I stumbled across this Hawaiian dish called Loco Moco. Supposedly, the 44th President of the United States is a huge fan.

We were naturally curious as the restaurant in our hotel, Hula Grill Waikiki, offered an upscale take on this dish. We tried it and fell in love with their amazing Loco Moco, which featured a decadent shiitake mushroom gravy. What's not to love about juicy hamburger patties on top of a bed of fluffy white rice, topped with rich mushroom gravy and a runny egg?

As we couldn't get enough of this dish, we also tried the Loco Moco at Rainbow Drive-in; the purported restaurant President Obama frequents when he is in town. Let me tell you, we could barely fit into our pants at the end of our seven day vacation.

In the four years since our Hawaiian escape, we have recreated this dish many times in our own kitchen.

This recipe below is not the Loco Moco we had in Hawaii. I was too busy lazy to shape the patties and make a mushroom gravy from scratch. I will have to do a post on Loco Moco with mushroom gravy another time. Don't worry, we have Loco Moco at least once every few months.

This recipe is a quick and easy meal to pull together on a night when you have too many things to do and not enough time to do it all. I served this with white rice, blanched green peas and a runny egg. It's an easier and quicker version of the Loco Moco we had in Hawaii but just as tasty.

2 lb lean ground beef
2 tbsp dried onion powder (or 1/4 medium onion, fine dice)
2 tbsp dried garlic powder (or 3 cloves of garlic, minced)
1/2 cup all purpose flour
2 tbsp beef bouillon
2 tsp black pepper
2-1/4 cups milk
1/2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce

Serve with:
Pan-fried eggs
Green peas (optional)
Hot sauce (optional)


1. Brown ground beef in a large skillet with onion powder and garlic powder over medium heat until the meat is no longer pink. Drain any excess fat.

2. Add in flour, bouillon and black pepper.

3. Stir until the flour, the bouillon and black pepper has been mixed in.

4. Gradually stir in milk and Worcestershire sauce. Using a wooden spoon, scrape any fond (browned food bits) at the bottom of the pan.

5. Bring to a simmer, stirring constantly.

6. Cook until the beef mixture is thickened.

7. Serve with a sunny side egg and green peas over rice.

Source: Adapted from Allrecipes

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