Homemade Big Macs & Broccoli Slaw

Ya know how right before you do a lot of cooking for a big holiday, all you really want to eat or cook is really easy food?  Well, in the spirit of not making Thanksgiving food, I’m going to share with y’all what we ate this past week.

Last week I ran across this post on making homemade Big Macs over on Designer Bags and Dirty Diapers (Congratulations on the new baby, Natalie!) and our supper-fate was sealed.  I very, very rarely succumb to the temptation of fast food.  And before you say it, Zaxby’s isn’t “fast food.”  It’s “quick, casual dining.”  At least, that’s what former chicken-slinger Wheat tells me. ;)  But what could be so bad about a homemade Big Mac?

Homemade Big Macs  | Oysters & Pearls

Nothing.  Nothing at all.  They are delicious!  They are the anti-Thanksgiving food.

You can go the super easy route and use Thousand Island dressing as the Big Mac Special Sauce, or you can go all out and make it from “scratch.”  I chose the latter, naturally, and because I’m insane, I doubled the recipe.  I don’t know what’s wrong with me.  I swear I lived through the Great Depression in a former life because I always live in a state of fear that we might run out of food (hence my obsession with canning/pickling/jamming/jarring/freezing/makingfoodaheadoftime).  So of course, for a family of two, I would need to double the recipe for Big Mac Special Sauce.  Obvi.

I am a crazy person.

Homemade Big Mac Sauce | Oysters & Pearls Homemade Big Mac Sauce  | Oysters & Pearls

Big Mac Secret Sauce Recipe
via Designer Bags and Dirty Diapers


– 1/2  cup mayo (Duke’s, duh)
– 2 tablespoons French Dressing
– 4 teaspoons sweet pickle relish
– 1 tablespoon finely minced onion
– 1 teaspoon white vinegar
– 1 teaspoon sugar
– 1/8 teaspoon pepper

Mix it up and top yo burgers.

And speaking of burgers…

Homemade Big Macs | Oysters & Pearls

Patty your ground beef very thinly.  Wheat cooked ours on a flat top griddle, but the grill would have been just fine.  Top with a slice of American cheese while hot, then layer pickles, lettuce, tomato and Special Sauce on a sesame seed bun.  SO GOOD.

Homemade Big Mac Toppings | Oysters & Pearls

Side note: I cannot eat a McDonald’s hamburger or make one at home without laughing.  When we were really young, my little sister (who was very, very little at the time) used to think that the minced onions at McD’s were rice.  She would stone-cold order her Happy Meal hamburger “with no rice.”  I can still remember the looks on the cashier’s faces!  My mom would always have to explain what she meant, and usually my sister would argue that it indeed was RICE on that burger.  And Heaven forbid they mess it up and give her rice on her hamburger.   Still cracks me up just thinking about it!  So, be sure to mince your onions up very finely until they look like rice.  Because I like my McDonald’s hamburgers to have rice on them. ;)

Frying Homemade Potato Chips | Oysters & PearlsWheat insisted on having some sort of fried potato with our Big Macs, and I don’t guess I can blame him.  It is the American way.

So I used my new Cuisinart food processor (<– affiliate link!) to do work on a few potatoes and Wheat got busy frying them.

Homemade Fried Potato Chips | Oysters & Pearls Homemade Potato Chips | Oysters & Pearls

While he worked the grease, I threw together a super quick Carolina broccoli slaw so that there would be some semblance of a balanced meal here.

Carolina Broccoli Slaw Recipe | Oysters & Pearls

Carolina Broccoli Slaw
dressing via southerfood.about.com


– 1 cup sugar
– 1 teaspoon salt
– 2/3 cup vegetable oil
– 1 teaspoon dry mustard
– 1 teaspoon celery seed
– 1 cup cider vinegar
– 1 bag broccoli slaw
– 1/2 bag of shredded carrots


In a saucepan over medium heat, combine everything except the carrots and broccoli slaw and bring to a boil. Simmer, stirring, until sugar is dissolved; pour over vegetables and toss well. Cover and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled.  You can use this dressing over any kind of slaw you’d like, and it’s awesome as a side or as a topper for a pulled pork sandwich.

Carolina Broccoli Slaw with Homemade Chips and Big Macs | Oysters & Pearls

We also had this slaw multiple times over the course of last week with BLTs.  It holds up really well since broccoli is pretty sturdy, which is great for quick week day meals.

BLT with Carolina Broccoli Slaw | Oysters & Pearls Carolina Broccoli Slaw | Oysters & Pearls

Homemade Potato Chips & Big Mac | Oysters & Pearls

And finally, beginning tonight I’ll be cooking up a storm and the craziness of the Holiday season will be upon us.  We will have friends staying with us, multiple holiday gatherings, and then making a trip to see my family on Saturday.  I can’t wait for it all to get started!  I’m making pumpkin and pecan pies, an experimental version of an eggnog pound cake (get ready, guinea pigs at my house tonight!), oyster dressing, and collard greens.

And to start a Thanksgiving debate: what will be on your table tomorrow?  “Stuffing” or “Dressing?”

Stuffing versus Dressing | Oysters & Pearls

Stuffing image from Kitchen Simplicity (http://kitchensimplicity.com/simplified-stuffing/) and Dressing image from Just A Pinch Recipes (http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/southern-style-cornbread-dressing.html)

I feel very passionately that Stuffing pales in comparison to Dressing, and that they are, in fact, two very different dishes, even if neither of them ever see the inside of a bird.  Many people claim it’s simply a difference in nomenclature, with it being called “stuffing” north of the Mason-Dixon and “dressing” below the line.  To me, “stuffing” involves hunks of bread and seasonings, while “dressing” is a much heavier dish made with crumbled cornbread (usually) that could masquerade as a casserole with a smoother texture.

And now that I’ve said “stuffing” a hundred times, it sounds super weird.  Like when you say “pajama” like 20 times and then it doesn’t even sound like a word anymore.  But that’s neither here nor there.

So, which is?  Stuffing or Dressing?  I’d love for you to weigh in on the debate about what will be on your plate!

And PS: head over to Aimee’s blog to see her Favorite Things and find out what she is adding to the Bloggers’ Favorite Things Giveaway!  Things are starting to get really exciting!

Happy Cooking!

Until Next Time

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12 thoughts on “Homemade Big Macs & Broccoli Slaw

  1. Rachel

    I our house, the dressing is sacred! My dad is a purist and there’s a story about how he was forced to eat oyster dressing when they were at a friend’s house years ago. Let’s just say it was made VERY clear that he will only eat cornbread dressing moving forward. That slaw looks amazing, by the way!!

  2. Sara

    Dressing! Although I never knew there was a difference until last week! One of my co-workers says stuffing is actually used to “stuff” the turkey! So maybe that’s where the differences started!

    1. oystersandpearls Post author

      I think there are two differences! The in or out of the bird, but also the type of bread used and the consistency. Dressing is made from cornbread and stuffing with chunks of other types of bread (white bread, focaccia, etc.). Dressing holds the key to my heart though!

  3. Usa

    Laughing at Anna Jo and the rice! That was so cute, I think about her every time I order a Happy Meal! Yes, I order them still, with rice! I think you know my stance on Dressing vs Stuffing. Mother made the best, Dressing that is, with Lori following close 2nd! Love you, see y’all this weekend! Usa

    1. oystersandpearls Post author


      Wheat began a noble tradition in the Kirbo household. All the Kirbo brothers have been Zaxby’s chicken slingers at one point or another. Quick, casual dining at its finest!

    2. Kathleen Miller

      Anything made with cornbread is definitely not a “Yankee” dish (stuffing or dressing)!!!! Cornbread in anything is a Southern thing, regardless what you may call it. Sorry to correct you! I have this on authority from my mom, who was born in Arkansas and was the absolute queen of anything cornbread!! She was the best.

    1. oystersandpearls Post author

      I’ll be completely honest, Brittany – I haven’t had a Big Mac from Burger King since high school, probably, so I am probably not the best to compare this sauce to the real thing. However, I thought it was delicious, so I shared. I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy it, but thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts!


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