Molecular Gastronomy Spherification Recipe: The Soup Dumpling Big Mac

August 21, 2012 7:08 AM EDT | By Anthony Smith
McDonald's (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Earlier this year, McDonald's released its famously well-guarded secret recipe for special sauce. The big reveal was, admittedly, a little disappointing. There was no dazzling secret ingredient; rather, there were simply sweet and acidic elements in it in perfect harmony with one another.

In fact, maybe the most culinary thing you could say about it is that it combines two different kinds of relishes, a flourish that speaks to just a little bit of know-how.

In the spirit of doing something really dazzling with it, we're going to be showing you how to use molecular gastronomy to make a burger that's more like a soup dumpling. We'll be spherifying the special sauce so it's suspended in a ravioli and then grilling it in the middle of a ground beef patty.

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That's right. So dope it's crazy.

-Combine 1/4 a cup of Miracle Whip, 1/4 a cup of mayonnaise, 3 tablespoons of French dressing, 1 and 1/2 a tablespoon of dill pickle relish, 1/8 a teaspoon of salt, 1/2 a tablespoon of sweet pickle relish, a teaspoon each of sugar, finely minced onions, white vinegar, ketchup, and CALCIUM LACTATE.

-Mix them all up and put them in a spherical mold. Freeze them.

-Combine patties out of a mixture of ground beef, onion powder, garlic powder, nutmeg, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper. Mold it into the shape of a patty.

-Mix two cups of water with one teaspoon of sodium alginate. Use an immersion blender to mix completely.

-Gently lower the frozen spheres into the mold. Leave to "cook," untouched, for five minutes.

-After five minutes, place them in a water bath to wash the sodium alginate syrup off of them.

-Grab your biggest, nicest one, and place it in the center of the ground beef patty. Make sure it's equally coated with ground beef on either side, above it, and below it, so it's right at the center of the hamburger patty.

-Very gently, grill the burger on both sides until it's cooked. When you flip it, make sure not flip it too hard.

-Assemble it in a bun as you usually would, with lettuce, cheese, pickles, and onions on a sesame seed bun, or however you like. Right before serving, slice down the middle to rupture the sphere of secret sauce. Watch it explode on out as though the burger were a gusher for it.

-Enjoy being not the only person to use a laboratory to concoct a Big Mac :-)

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