White rice, smothered in brown gravy and a beef patty, topped with a fried egg. The Hawaiian breakfast of champions.
What is a loco moco? I'm glad you asked. A loco moco is a common breakfast food here in Hawaii. It's white rice covered with a beef patty and brown gravy with a fried egg on top. Usually, the egg is sunny side up (it's best when you have that runny egg yolk to mix with the gravy), but you can choose if you'd like it cooked differently. I tried for sunny side up but of course when I try to keep the yolk intact I end up breaking it (the next day I was making scrambled eggs and I cracked all the eggs perfectly with no broken yolks...I was so mad).
Loco Moco: the Hawaiian breakfast of champions. [Tweet this]
I first had this delicious meal when a Hawaiian friend made it for me in Minnesota (where she now lives and I lived for a few years). I don't know any of the history behind the loco moco, but I do know it's delicious. It's super filling and a great comfort food. I like to think of it as a Hawaiian version of biscuits and gravy (see those are my southern roots talking...but I actually don't like the white gravy on biscuits and gravy I would prefer brown gravy).
A Hawaiian version of biscuitsandgravy | Loco Moco [Tweet this]
Loco mocos make a great breakfast for those early morning football games too. You can even make this while out tailgating (I imagine that locals here in Hawaii do) you just need to have a rice cooker then everything else can be cooked on the grill. It's easy and pretty quick too.
Loco Moco: great for football tailgaiting in the AM. [Tweet this]
White rice, cooked
Beef patties (mine were precooked and frozen but fresh grilled are the best)
Fried eggs (sunny side up is preferred, but I broke my yolks...still good though)
*Brown gravy: 1/4 cup butter, 1/4 cup flour, and 2 cups beef broth. Cook the butter and flour in a skillet over medium heat just until it turns a nice brown color (this is a roux). Then pour in the beef broth and stir or whisk well. Allow to come to a boil then lower heat to a simmer. Allow to simmer until desired thickness. Lastly, season with salt and pepper to taste. (makes 2 cups)
In your bowl/plate start by adding the rice. You can use 1 or 2 scoops (as much as you like).
Top the rice with your fully cooked beef patty (I simmered my frozen patties in the gravy to thaw and warm them) and plenty of gravy.
Lastly top with the fried egg. You can add a bit more gravy on top of the egg but if you have a good sunny side up egg you don't need to because you'll have that nice runny yolk.
Serve immediately. You can add sriracha if you like it spicy (if you look close in the 2nd picture you can see my husband's bowl smothered with sriracha).
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