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The Infamous Garbage Plate.


Every town in America has their freakish ‘delicacies’. Right? No? Actually, this is pretty far from a delicacy, since I use the term delicacy referring to ingredients that are difficult to find. I think Rochesterians use the term delicacy jokingly. At least, I hope so. This monstrosity is frankensteinishly put together with ingredients that are actually pretty easy to find. And my hometown of Rochester, NY came up with this monstrosity. You’re welcome. Why would we create such a thing? Who knows, maybe we want to get on this website (oh wait, we did). But the website came long after the Garbage Plate was in existence, meaning someone just had a crazy idea combined with a crazy appetite.

The Garbage Plate (appetizing name, I know) consists of 2 cheeseburger patties (or hamburger patties, or hot dogs, or sausages) on top of a bed of half macaroni salad, half home fries, and covered with a special spicy hot sauce. Mustard and ketchup are optional to squirt on top. It usually comes with a side of bread with butter, but I decided to cut the few calories I could in hopes I only have to run 36 miles to burn this off rather than 38 miles.

Even though I lived in Rochester my entire life, I hadn’t tried a Garbage Plate until I was around 21 years old. That was also when I first tried Taco Bell. Once you hit the drinking age, you tend to eat a lot of crap after late nights of drinking binges. There’s something about craving greasy, heavy food after alcohol. Which is why most of the Garbage Plate enthusiasts are college students. I tend to think the rest of the enthusiasts eat it for the nostalgia. Or because they want to speed up Type 2 Diabetes in record time. For reasons unknown.

You can love it or hate it. I hate it, I really do. But once in awhile, especially after running 5 miles, I feel the urge to eat something really, really bad for me. And this hits the spot. Chris was more than anxious to run out to the nearest trash bin to get me a plate of garbage, but I actually had all the ingredients in the fridge. I just needed to be Frankenstein.

*Please eat at your own risk.

Garbage Plate (serves 2)

printable recipe

Ingredients for Cheeseburger:

  • 1 lb. ground beef made into 4 hamburger patties
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 slices American cheese (or cheddar)

Ingredients for Mac Salad:

  • 1/2 cup elbow macaroni, or shells
  • 2 Tbsp. minced pickles
  • 2 Tbsp. mayonnaise
  • salt
  • pepper
  • paprika

Ingredients for Home Fries:

  • 2 medium size potatoes, cubed and patted dry
  • oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • paprika

Secret Spicy Sauce:

  • 1/4 lb. ground beef
  • 1/4 cup minced onions
  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. Frank’s Red Hot sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 3/4 cup water



1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Chop 2 medium size potatoes into cubes; pat dry to soak up moisture. Spread on baking sheet, coat with oil, and sprinkle salt, pepper and paprika. Bake for 40 minutes, turning over once after 20 minutes.

2) As potatoes are baking, boil pasta for salad. After pasta is cooked, drain and cool under cold water. Pour pasta into large bowl, add minced pickles, mayonnaise. Salt, pepper and paprika to taste. Chill in refrigerator until ready to use.

3) In a small pot on medium high heat, cook ground beef, crushing into small bits with a spoon. Add minced onions, cook for about 3 minutes or until onions are translucent. Add chili powder, hot sauce, tomato paste and water. Cook on medium heat, stirring once in awhile, until sauce has thickened enough to coat a spoon. Set aside until ready to use.

4) Cook beef patties as you prefer (grill, pan, etc.) Top with cheese. To plate, layer half the dish with macaroni salad, half with home fried potatoes. Place cheeseburger patties on top. Pour spicy sauce on top. Ketchup and mustard are optional. Serve immediately before any regrets.



I didn’t have two medium size potatoes of equal proportions – I had a big and little one. It evened out.

Patting them of the excess moisture helps them bake up crispier in the oven. I decided to go the oven route so you wouldn’t have to suffer cooking so much on the stove all at once. And within the 40 minutes these are cooking, you can make the mac salad, cheeseburgers and hot sauce.


Coat generously with oil. I used mild olive oil. I’m going say I used about 3 Tbsp. of oil. Just coat it.


Salt, pepper and paprika.


Bake for 40 minutes, flipping over after 20 minutes.


During the time the potatoes are baking, cook the pasta according to box instructions.


Add mayonnaise and minced pickles.


Refrigerate until ready to plate.


To make hot sauce, brown ground beef in small pot on medium high heat, crushing bits of beef with a spoon.


Add minced onions, sautéing for about 3 minutes or until onions are translucent. Add hot sauce, chili powder, tomato paste and water.


Cook on medium heat, stirring once in awhile, until sauce has thickened enough to coat a spoon. Set aside until ready to use.


Cook beef patties as you prefer (grill, pan, etc.) Top with cheese.


To plate, layer half the dish with macaroni salad, half with home fried potatoes.


Perfectly crisp potatoes. This is actually a great side dish for a brunch too. And the mac salad would be good for a picnic lunch. Which is why it’s completely nonsensical to put all this stuff together on a single plate.

Who ever said a plate of garbage had to make sense?


Place cheeseburger patties on top.


Pour spicy sauce on top. Ketchup and mustard are optional. Serve immediately before any regrets arise.


And there you have it. A little taste of Rochester in your mouth. I’ll send you some antacids later. *Burp*

Homemade Chicken Patties with Chives, Ginger and Garlic.

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My weird thought process:

Don’t ask me why I sometimes feel the urge to stress that recipes are ‘homemade’. There are lots of reasons.

This chicken mixture is extremely versatile. You can form them into patties for burgers, in a pita, in a wrap, patties to cook and cut into strips for a stir-fry, patties wrapped in lettuce, you can form them into meatballs, etc. etc. etc.

I should start a category under my Recipes list called ‘Candy makes sh*t up’. But then I always wonder if I really did make it up, or if someone out there is making the same exact thing as me and calling it their own. And if so, who really cares? I still think I made it up. I really doubt there are trademarks or copyrights on things, especially if you’re using fresh ingredients.

Most of the time, I’m not sitting around looking at the ceiling chewing on the tip of my pen pondering what to write for my blog. Surprise surprise! But I am daydreaming about food all day. And usually whatever things that pop up in my head that make me salivate, I put together for dinner. Like…chicken raspberry ginger chives garlic.

Ewwww…what?! Chicken with raspberries? Who the heck would’ve came up with that one??

And then I usually salivate thinking about things fried in oil that are crispy. So the last ingredient I daydream about is panko bread crumbs fried in oil. Mmmmmm.

And then it all comes together very simply. Process chicken, flavor it with cooked chives, ginger and garlic, form into patties (held together with an egg + breadcrumbs), cover it in Panko bread crumbs, pan fry it to get the outside golden and crispy, bake it in the oven until done, then drizzle raspberry sauce over it to eat.

Please tell me you all go through a similar thought process when you daydream about food.

I was asked numerous times to try to come up with recipes that are of interest to the mass public. I will never ever do that. Sorry. Sometimes it does work out that way though, coincidentally my brain is interested in the trends at times. But my belly isn’t interested in the trends! And I have no theme! My belly isn’t interested in that either! And if I had to have a theme it would be something like it’s my party and I can cook what I want to, cook what I want to, cook what I want tooooooooooooo!

And belly says raspberry sauce isn’t just for desserts.

Chicken Patties with Chives, Ginger and Garlic (makes 4 patties)

printable recipe


  • 2 chicken breasts, cut into small cubes
  • 1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup chopped Chinese chives (or 1/2 cup ordinary chives)
  • 1 tbsp. ginger, minced
  • 1 tbsp. garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • pinch of pepper
  • 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • oil

Sauce (optional):


1) Preheat oven at 350 degrees. Put chicken cubes into food processor. Process until it can be formed into patties, meatballs, etc.

2) Pour a tsp. of oil in a small pot heated on medium high. Add chives, ginger and garlic. Cook for 3-4 minutes. Set aside.

3) In a large bowl, mix chicken, chive mixture, Italian bread crumbs, egg, salt and pepper. Form into patties. Press patties (or roll meatballs) in a plate of panko bread crumbs.

4) Pour 1-2 Tbsp. oil in a large skillet, heat on medium high. Brown both sides of the chicken patties until golden, set aside on baking dish. Bake patties for 25 minutes. If baking meatballs, bake for 20 minutes.


Cut chicken breasts into small cubes.

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Chop chives, garlic and ginger. I used Chinese chives, because my mom gave me a large bag full of them.

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Cook chive mixture and process chicken.

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Put all ingredients together except Panko bread crumbs.

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Form into patties and cover both sides with Panko bread crumbs.

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Pan fry both sides until golden, set aside on baking sheet/dish.

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Bake for 25 minutes. If making meatballs, bake for 20 minutes.

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  It would’ve been nice to make a burger out of these with some bread, but I am so tired of eating bread. So I just sautéed some greens and ate it with that.

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Oh and I drizzled raspberry sauce over the chicken patties. I know it doesn’t look appetizing, but just picture Swedish meatballs with Lingonberry sauce (sweet/savory thing going on). See where I was going with it???  That’s where the craving was coming from!

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