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May 5, 2013 03:56 PM

How do you "enhance" your take out/fast food to your liking?

When I get spicy broccoli and steamed rice, I always add peanuts to the broccoli.

And while I don't eat much fast food because I don't eat meat, I do have a weakness for McGriddles, egg and cheese, no meat. I take it home, nuke it in the microwave so it gets really hot, then I pour real maple syrup on the inside of each of the pancakes, sandwich it back up and enjoy. :-) I'm sure somebody is totally disgusted right now!

Had a friend who would mix mustard and ketchup together and dip her fries in that. That to me is so gross!

Anybody else?

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  1. Hot sauce like Cholula is great on fries, combining zing with the vinegar. Of course mayonnaise is preferred if the fries are any good.

    1. I don't eat much FF, but with chinese I always like chili-garlic sauce. I also really dig a good spicy mustard.

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      1. re: sisterfunkhaus

        Agreed on the chili-garlic. Just finishted a bottle of rooster sauce and I promised myself NOT to buy the chili-garlic until it was done. NOW I can indulge!!!

        1. re: sisterfunkhaus

          Rooster sauce here on Chinese take out. But no garlic. Just straight up chili paste.

        2. I don't eat a lot of ff either it makes me feel like garbage. The one thing I love is pizza of any kind. In the summer when tomatoes are at their peak I will order in a cheese pizza and slice up a tomato s&P it while I wait for the pizza. When I get it, put a few slices on the piece im eating so good.

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          1. re: itsmejessica

            I like to put crushed red pepper flakes on my cheese pizza. And in a pinch I'll eat a frozen pizza if there is nothing else available. Always add extra cheese and onions before tossing it in the oven.

            1. re: Jpan99

              Yes on frozen pizza always extra cheese and crushed red peppers flakes. Maybe some grated garlic. It helps the frozen pizza.

              1. re: itsmejessica

                It's amazing what a healthy drizzle of olive oil will do for a frozen pizza.

                1. re: Pwmfan

                  Who in their right mind would freeze a pizza? I mean, doesn't the cheese get all hard and icy?

                  1. re: MGZ

                    But it doesn't burn your mouth. Much safer for kids.

          2. Sometimes I'll keep a bottle of barbecue sauce in the glove compartment. A cheap value menu cheeseburger or mechanically seperated chicken sandwich tastes a lot better with some Stubbs or Bulls Eye sauce in it.

            If I ever have stale fast food fries leftover, I reheat them in a dry pan over medium heat. The fries will exude their own oil so you don't need to add any. Just keep them moving so they don't burn, and toss with a little table salt at the end. They will be almost as good as fresh-fried.

            Chinese takeout steamed white rice makes really good fried rice because it's drier than the stuff I make at home, so I always order an extra package.

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            1. re: RealMenJulienne

              Not for fast food, but other fries get reheated at 350 on a baking sheet. Frequently better the second time around. Oh, yeah, and sprinkled with RPF.

                1. re: BeefeaterRocks

                  The light bulb just went on, red pepper flakes?

                        1. re: flavrmeistr

                          They don't have fangs, but they do have wicked teeth.

                2. re: RealMenJulienne

                  Thanks for the tip on the fries, I hate soggy cold fries.

                  1. re: RealMenJulienne

                    Excellent suggestion about the Chinese Fried rice. While I love making home made fried rice the consistency or excess moisture of most home made white rice ruins the consistency of the finished fried rice product. Thanks for the tip!

                    1. re: jrvedivici

                      Which is why you always make your fried rice either with leftover rice that's dried out in the fridge overnight, or you make the rice in the morning, spread it out on a half-sheet pan and let it dry on the counter until it's time to make dinner.

                      1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                        True, but this requires foresight and planning skills which I am sadly short of. The dry takeout joint rice is ready to go right out of the carton.

                  2. I like to "enhance" my McDonald's Filet-O-Fish experience with a second Filet-O-Fish.