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Fans of the blog know that we now have a long-running series of posts that explain how to make different Taco Bell menu items at home, for cheaper, and healthier, all of which taste the same or better. We’ve covered the quesarito, burritos, chicken flatbreads, and even the quesalupa which hasn’t been released outside of Ohio yet! Well, let’s continue that tradition with another favorite, the gordita.
So Taco Bell has a history of cutting and pasting menu items together to make new ones, like the quesarito. We already taught you how to make one, and now we’re all eating burritos and quesadillas and everything at home. Hooray, no need for anyone to go to Taco Bell ever again!
But then, they had to go ahead and invent this:
Naturally, the side of me that still wishes I ate Taco Bell felt a bullet go through its heart. I’ve seen some yummy looking menu items go up there since I stopped eating fast food years ago, but nothing really spectacular. But I didn’t let it get me down. No. Instead I decided we here at PCFG were gonna beat them at their own game. Quesadilla-chalupa hybrid? Alright. I like a challenge. Only available as a test item in Ohio for now? Bam. That was your big mistake, because it gave me the time to experiment, and now we’ve already solved the mystery of how to make one. Checkmate, bitches.
Back around Christmas time I saw on TV that the chain restaurant Denny’s was serving Gingerbread French toast. I thought that sounded delicious and decided we needed to try making it ourselves. Unfortunately we didn’t have time to try making them before Christmas. But while gingerbread men are a traditional Christmas cookie, just plain gingerbread is more of just a general wintertime treat, so there’s still time to make gingerbread French toast!
Some basic research revealed a plethora of recipes calling themselves gingerbread French toast. I feared we were too late to jump on the gingerbread French toast bandwagon. However, upon closer inspection we realized most of these recipes didn’t actually use gingerbread! They just used regular bread and added gingerbread spices to it (or were weird things that didn’t even look like French toast, but that’s another story). But where’s the fun in that?
Ever wonder what the most popular posts here on PCFG are? I imagine not a lot of you have, but regardless, our homemade Taco Bell/Mexican food posts are actually really well-received. I imagine that partly makes sense on account of a little correlation I like to call “Younger People Like Taco Bell”. I’m sure plenty of old people like burritos too, but thanks in part to a rising health consciousness in the 18-30 bracket, it seems like people are very interested in figuring out how to make some of these delicious foods they grew up with, while also ensuring that no human body parts or rat feces end up in said food. Hey, tacos and cleanliness, it’s a winning combination! Who know?
Nonetheless, I consider myself a much-learned sage on the venerable fast food chain, thanks to my dark past. So believe me, I know the one menu item which seemed like it was made of pure taco magic, which you could never recreate: the Crunchwrap. A few people have asked me for advice on how to make your own crunchwraps at home. Fortunately, the two of us were able to bullshit and piece together the process step by step, which is actually not as hard as you’d think. And best of all, it is indeed “affordable”. Or let’s just say cheap. Because let’s not beat around the bush.
A few weeks ago, this picture popped up on my Facebook newsfeed courtesy of Ted Allen (host of Chopped)’s fan page.
The caption indicated that they were cheesy French onion soup rings. I immediately Googled this concoction and discovered that they’re a menu item at the New York City restaurant Alder. I immediately sent the picture to Erik saying something along the lines of “Holy shit these look amazing, we need to make them immediately. They’re pretty much just disco fries with onion rings.” He agreed and thus our version, which we’ve been calling disco rings, was born.