If you're from Rochester you know what a big deal the G-Plate is (I'm not going to spell it out because I've been told that the term is copyrighted and I don't want to get in trouble!) and if you're not, then let me tell you....it's a big deal. It may sound weird, but if Jim Gaffigan and one of the largest cities in New York State are fans, then it's worth a try.
Here is the basic idea.
Pick your bases - macaroni salad, home fries, French fries, tater tots, whatever you want.
Pick your protein - hamburger, hot dog, cheeseburger
Put your protein on top of the base and top with hot sauce.
Add your toppings - onions, ketchup, yellow mustard, and relish.
Here are some variations to this Rochester classic is you're looking to switch things up.
Use a protein-rich pasta for your mac salad if you're looking to add more protein or if you need a gluten free option that holds up well. Check out my easy recipe here.
Interested in adding more veggies? Consider swapping a potato base for a veggie mimic, such as zucchini fries or broccoli tots. Or you could mix vegetables into your burger, such as mushrooms. Research has shown that mushrooms have a similar texture to a burger when mixed in, and have "umami" which is the savory taste that is found in proteins.
If you are making plates and have vegans or vegetarians you can always implement meat substitutes for your protein, and vegan mayo in your mac salad (if that's your base).
Looking to watch your sodium intake? Consider swapping canned meat sauce for a homemade plant-based option. Click here for my recipe.
Any other ideas you have? Let me know! In the mean time, enjoy your plate. - Jen