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Guilty pleasure lockdown recipes

Events blogger, Notts Night Out has given us the perfect post to satisfy our hunger for our favourite restaurant dishes. Here are the secret recipes so you can 'just eat' at home.

All copy by Eve Watson, founder of Notts Night Out (check out her instagram @nottsnightout).

Lockdown has seen so many people take to their kitchens to create the perfect, moist banana bread or an expertly whipped dalgona coffee. It’s almost impossible to check your Instagram feed without seeing a photo of a Lotus Biscoff-brimming caramel cake or a towering strawberry cheesecake that one of your friends has made, captioned ‘lockdown boredom’.

Although frustrating, one of the positives of lockdown is the time we have had to experiment in the kitchen with new ideas we’ve never tried before. However, it unfortunately doesn’t erase the urge for the delicious comfort of your favourite restaurant dishes or takeaway treats you didn’t realise you were dependent on.

"With that in mind, here are a few recipes to give you that taste of familiarity: from McDonalds to Wagamamas, these guilty pleasures won’t disappoint and will certainly hit the spot."

McDonalds Sausage and Egg McMuffin recipe:

What you need:

  • English muffins

  • 75g sausage meat

  • Eggs

  • One Potato

  • A slice of American Cheese (or just sliced cheese)

Although McDonalds are starting to open their doors again to customers, if you don’t fancy waiting in that 3 hour queue here’s a fun alternative.

First, toast the English muffin until golden brown.

Next, season the sausage meat with a pinch of salt and pepper before shaping them into balls. Flatten these into patty shapes and cook under a pre-heated grill for roughly 6-7 minutes on each side.

You can either make the hash brown from scratch, or if you feel like cheating then buy them pre-made from the supermarket. If you're feeling like flexing your chef-skills then grate 1 potato into a bowl. Mix in an egg and then season to taste with salt and pepper. Heat a teaspoon of oil in a pan and then add spoonfuls of the mix. Flatten it and then cook until golden on both sides.

McDonalds suggests you can cook the eggs using a metal ring, however it might be easier to just put the eggs in a frying pan and frying for 2-3 minutes.

When all of this is done, simply assemble the McMuffin by placing the patty on the muffin, then the egg, hash brown, with the American Cheese on top. Perfect indulgent breakfast!

Wagamama’s Katsu Curry

What you need:

The sauce:

· Vegetable oil

· 1 onion, finely chopped

· 1 garlic clove, crushed

· 2.5cm piece of ginger, peeled and grated

· 1 teaspoon of tumeric

· 2 tablespoons of mild curry powder

· 1 tablespoon flour

· 300ml chicken or vegetable stock

· 100ml coconut milk

· 1 teaspoon light soy sauce

· 1 teaspoon sugar

The dish:

· 120g rice (any rice)

· 1 quantity katsu curry sauce

· 2 skinless chicken breasts (Or meat-free alternatives such as aubergines, sweet potato, seitan)

· 50g plain flour

· 2 eggs, lightly beaten

· 100g panko breadcrumbs

· 75ml vegatable oil

· 40g mixed salad leaves

This is definitely a classic, if you haven’t tried it now might be the perfect time. Wagamama have released their staple dish and are showing online tutorials on their live streams on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube and have filmed a step by step of how to make this delicious dish at home!


Greggs Bean, sausage and cheese melt recipe

What you need:

  • Beans

  • Sausage

  • Puff pastry

  • One egg

  • Grated cheese

Everyone’s missing Gregg’s flaky pastry in their lives, so this is a great one to make for you and your family.

First, cut two squares of pastry and wash the edges with yolk from the egg.

Then squash the beans and mix in the sausages to make the filling. Then, spoon this on top of on one of the pastry squares.

Sprinkle some cheese on top (can also add cheese before you spoon on the filling if you like that extra hit of dairy!) and put the other pastry on top.

Seal the edges of the square with a fork, before egg washing the top of the pastry. Then, put your creation in the oven for 20 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius.



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