Another Fun Evening with Friends

Part of why I love to cook so much is because I love to entertain and share the fruits of my labor with others.  Maybe it comes from working in restaurants and catering for as long as I did.  I love seeing people happy and having a good time.  I find when people open up their kitchens to others, they also open up their hearts.  My family all lovingly call me “a feeder”.  Yep.  I confess.  It’s true.  I love to feed people.  My husband always says stick with what you do best, and feeding people is definitely one of the things I do best.  We shared a good burger night with our very good friends Janet and Bob, and once again, had a fantastic evening filled with good food, good wine and a lot of good times. Life just doesn’t get much better than this.   We had 2-pepper gourmet burgers, Brussel sprout salad and a little of both the left over purple potato salad and the dill potato salad.  I had some left over sauce from when I made the steak au poivre, so we topped our burgers with that.  Delicious!   If I have leftovers, I always try to use them in a different way than they were used for the ” first overs”.  I just hate wasting food, so I really try my best to use everything.  The two peppers were the roasted hatch chilies and then the peppercorns in the au poivre sauce.  You have seen all three of the salads in previous posts, along with their recipes.  The burgers were spicy and full of bold flavors, so I served a Montafiossa Rosa that complimented the meal very well.   Dessert was a strawberry custard over almond shortbread cookies with the Arias port we bought when we were in Maryland awhile back.

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Making the burgers.

I added roasted hatch chile peppers, garlic, onion, salt and pepper, about 1/3 -1/2 cup of bread crumbs and 1 egg to the ground beef mixture and molded it all together.  I find the best way to do it is to just use your hands and then just mash everything together.  Once everything is well mixed, I formed the burger patties.  I like my burgers nice and thick.  Each burger was about 1/3 of a lb.  I let them sit in the refrigerator for a couple of hours before putting them on the grill, but you do not need to.

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Grilling them up.

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We weren’t sure if we were eating inside or outside due to Mother Nature being so temperamental, but we were prepared either way.  The sun finally came out just in time for us to eat, so we all opted for dinner on the deck.  We much prefer that to being inside, and given the choice, we will always eat outside.

The inside option.

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The outside option.

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We all had a fantastic time and thoroughly enjoyed the evening.   Once again, great friends, great food, great wine and great times.  Those are my favorite things.

 

Author: ajeanneinthekitchen

I have worked in the restaurant and catering industry for 35 years. I attended 2 culinary schools in Southern California, and have a degree in culinary arts from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts, as well as a few other degrees in other areas. I love to cook and I love to feed people.

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