The fast food It is an alternative that the smallest of the house always like (and also those who are not so young). It is varied, it can be eaten (in most cases) with your hands and it is very tasty. Three good reasons to fall into their networks, don’t you think?
Few there are who resist it. We, of course, not. And it is very clear when checking the number of recipes that we have published over the years. Today we review the best 71 fast food recipes from Directo al Paladar, so you can replicate your favorites at home.
Our fast food recipes anyone can prepare them, from the beginner to the most expert cooks. In a short time you will have most of them ready. You will find them grouped by area of origin to make it easier to locate your favorites. If there are any that you miss, leave us a comment so that we can get down to work and add it to our repertoire.
Along with the burger, this is (possibly) the most popular fast food. The dough can be prepared with different formulas: from the one with two ingredients, through the infallible one and ending with the one that will make you look like a professional.
Mix, on the one hand, the flour with the salt and, on the other, the yeast and sugar with the warm water. After a few minutes, when the yeast begins to bubble, add your mixture to the flour and salt. We stir until we obtain a smooth dough.
Add the oil and mix until incorporated. We pass the dough to a floured table and knead for five minutes. During the process we sprinkle the table from time to time with a little flour or semolina, so that it does not stick too much, but always in small quantities.
We form a ball with the dough, we anoint our hands with oil and let some ferment three hours at room temperature in a container covered with a cloth. Then we pass it on a floured table and crush it with our fists to eliminate excess gas.
Divide into three balls and let them rest for 10 minutes, with this the dough relaxes and stretches more easily. Now it only remains to stretch, cover with the chosen ingredients and bake at the maximum temperature that the oven allows until crisp and golden.
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UK, Germany and rest of Europe
Fish & chips
This plate of battered and fried fish With its side fries it is wildly popular in the UK and amongst street stalls and small specialty shops it is found on every corner. If you can’t try it on the spot, here is the recipe.
Ingredients for two people: 4 potatoes, 2 skinless white fish fillets (cod, hake or similar), 200 g of wheat flour, 3 tbsp of baking powder, 250 ml of cold beer, salt, ground black pepper and vegetable oil for frying.
Elaboration: preheat the oven to 180 ºC with heat up and down. We peel the potatoes and cut them into thick sticks. Cook in a saucepan with plenty of salty water for five minutes. We drain and place them on absorbent paper to dry well. Meanwhile we prepare the fish. Dry the cod fillets with absorbent paper and season them on both sides. We have to manage to remove the excess moisture from the fish, so that it is meaty. We mix the flour and the yeast in a deep and wide container. Add the beer and stir with a few rods until there are no lumps. We sprinkle each fish fillet with flour, on all sides, and dip them in the previous mixture, holding by the tail. We drain the excess dough and place them in a pan with plenty of hot oil. The ideal temperature is 190 ºC. Fry for two minutes on each side or until the batter is golden. We transfer to a plate with absorbent paper to remove the excess oil. We keep the fish warm in the oven while we fry the potatoes, in the same oil and pan that we used for the fish. When the potatoes are golden brown, we drain them, salt them and serve immediately together with the battered cod fillets.
Complete recipe | Fish and chips
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The nachos of fast food outlets carry layers and layers of corn chips, with all kinds of hot sauces, minced meat and melted cheese. real nachos They only have three ingredients: chips, cheese, and jalapeños. You can see how our colleague Miguel Ayuso prepares them in the previous video or read the recipe below.
Ingredients for one serving: Homemade corn chips, shredded cheddar cheese and pickled jalapeño peppers.
Elaboration: We arrange the homemade chips on a baking sheet, without overlapping them. Cover the entire surface with a thin layer of grated cheese and place a slice of pickled jalapeño on top of each tortilla chip. For the Nachos to have more flavor, add a couple of tablespoons of the pickle liquid over the chips. Bake at 200º C until the cheese is completely melted and the tips of the chips are golden brown. We serve immediately.
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Smash literally means “smash”, and is a technique very popular in the US to make hamburgers, which consists of forming minced meat discs by crushing it directly on the plate. It is a landmark of American fast food that can be made perfectly at home, in any pan, starting directly from minced meat, with great results.
Ingredients for one serving: 120 g of minced meat, 1 slice of Cheddar cheese, 2 slices of pickle, red onion, lettuce, mayonnaise, hamburger bun, salt and ground black pepper.
Elaboration: Divide the 120 g of minced meat into two 60 g balls, which you should shape gently by hand, without compressing the meat. Salt and pepper them generously. Now prepare the garnish: julienned onion, sliced pickles, well-cut lettuce, mayonnaise and the cheddar or American cheese. Put a large, flat skillet over high heat, add a little butter, and toast the hamburger buns, until they are golden brown. Arrange on a plate, spread with mayonnaise and, on one side, place the lettuce, onion and pickle. In the same pan, place the first ball of minced meat and mash it vigorously with the help of a spatula. You must press hard, so that the burger cooks very quickly. Flip when the edges start to crisp (if the heat is strong enough it won’t take much more than a minute). Put a slice of cheese. When it melts, remove the first hamburger and put it on the vegetables. Repeat the operation with the next hamburger. Cover the sandwich and serve immediately.
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Many of us have images of “Chef” engraved in our memory, the movie that popularized the Cuban sandwich. Perfect for meat lovers, it is very easy to prepare and it takes little time, ready in less than 15 minutes. We have followed the recipe in the book Cuba Gastronomy to the letter, so we dare to affirm that this is how the authentic Cuban sandwich is made.
Ingredients for two units: 10 g of Dijon mustard, 2 individual ciabatta breads, 4 slices of cooked ham, 6 slices of roast pork loin, 4 slices of Swiss cheese, 3 large pickles and 10 g of room temperature butter.
Elaboration: Cut the loaves in half, lengthwise, and spread the inside of the lid with mustard. In the other halves of the bread we are placing the ingredients: the ham, the salami, the loin, the cheese and the pickle (previously sliced). It is important to respect the order of the ingredients. We close the sandwiches with the lids and brush the surface of each one with butter. If we melt it for a few seconds in the microwave, the task will be easier. We place the sandwiches on a griddle, grill or sandwich maker, close and let the bread toast for a few minutes. If we have an iron with adjustable heat, we put it at a soft temperature so that the cheese melts slowly. Once ready, we cut the Cuban sandwiches in half and serve immediately.
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The literal meaning of “yakitori” is grilled chicken. Although behind the simplicity of the term the tastiest chicken skewers in Japanese cuisine are hidden. Vegetables can be added to the chicken to taste and, in fact, we have used chives. They provide a touch of juiciness and a very balanced texture.
Ingredients for four units: 5 boneless skinless chicken thighs, 3 chives, 1 leek, 200 ml of soy sauce, 125 ml of mirin or rice wine, 125 ml of cooking sake, 20 g of brown sugar, sunflower oil and 8 skewers .
Elaboration: we cut the chicken into bite-size pieces. Cut the chives, first in the center lengthwise and then into pieces of about two or three centimeters. Skewer on skewers, alternating pieces of chicken and chives. We booked. We prepare the teriyaki sauce. We cut the leek into large pieces and put them in a pot together with the sake, the mirim, the soy sauce and the brown sugar. Cook over low heat until the sauce thickens and reduces by half. Heat a non-stick griddle or grill and brush with a little sunflower oil. We mark the skewers on all sides while brushing with the sauce. We turn so that they cook on all sides. Serve hot, brushing each skewer with sauce just before serving.
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