Make Your Own Big Mac Sauce [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] May04

Make Your Own Big Mac Sauce [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe]

The Big Mac is the signature sandwich at the globally popular McDonald’s restaurant chain.  Their secret sauce recipe is a closely guarded secret, known only by the top company executives.  But, sometimes you’re craving one and you can’t make it to the restaurant.  Well, here’s my take on the secret sauce recipe that you can whip up in just a few minutes! The Big Mac was invented by Jim Delligatti, who was one of the first McDonald’s restaurant franchisees.  While, he invented the sandwich at his store on McKnight Road in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he first placed it for sale at his Uniontown, Pennsylvania location in 1967.  It was created to rival a similar burger being sold by the Big Boy restaurant chain. The original selling price was only 49¢ and was an immediate hit.  McDonald’s corporate took notice and added it to the menu at all McDonald’s within a year.  The rules for creating a sandwich like this have changed.  Delligatti could never get away with selling something like this today, as franchise licenses do not allow for the individual restaurants to sell or not sell any items that are not officially part of the menu, without special permission from corporate, which is rarely given.  (Corporate will test special menu items at select locations from time to time, however.) A television and radio jingle from the 1970’s best summed up what makes up a Big Mac sandwich: “two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onion, on a sesame seed bun.”  (What an effective song – I’m still able to recall that by memory and didn’t have to look that up!) The special sauce is what makes the sandwich.  It’s a form of tarter sauce that is delivered to each restaurant in sealed...

Miracle Whip vs. Hellmann’s Mayonnaise, Which Team are You On? [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Nov04

Miracle Whip vs. Hellmann’s Mayonnaise, Which Team are You On? [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe]...

How do you like your potato salad?  What’s your favorite condiment on a chicken sandwich?  Growing up in Western Pennsylvania, I was raised on Miracle Whip.  A recent conversation with friends seemed to inform me that I was brought up missing out on pure mayonnaise.  So, what’s the difference and which is best? Mayonnaise is condiment sauce made up of oil, egg yolk, vinegar or lemon juice. Early accounts say that as long as there has been olive oil, there has been some form of mayonnaise.  Another account says it was discovered accidentally by a British woman in 1459, who was trying to create a custard. However it happened, it appears the French first exported it into their country after defeating the British in a port battle in 1756.  The name was derived from the word moyeu, which is French for egg.  Another account says it may have finally earned the official name mayonnaise after Charles de Lorraine, duke of Mayenne, who finished his chicken dinner with the sauce on the side before being defeated in a major battle. While the are various reports of its creation overseas, the product’s roots in the United States is much more clear. In the US, mayonnaise was first sold in New York City’s Upper West Side. In 1905, the first ready made mayo was on sale at Richard Hellmann’s deli on Columbus Avenue. After being a local success, it was mass marked 7 years later and introduced as Hellmann’s Blue Ribbon Mayonnaise. At the same time on the West Coast, Best Foods created their own version of mayonnaise which became very popular on their side of the country.  Best Foods eventually bought the Hellmann’s company in the early 1930’s, but the demand was so high for both products...