When I have friends over for dinner, I like to serve up something interactive – something that is a bit more fun and hands-on than just a plate of food. It helps everyone relax and start chatting away.
Plus, everyone likes their food in a certain way and if they make their own they are bound to be happy!
Introducing the build your own burger bar.
The idea: lay out all the must have ingredients for a perfect burger, and let your guests build their own to their exact specifications whilst you stand back and watch the chaos.
We cooked up three different types of burger – Aberdeen Angus beef, buffalo and a veggie version for me, and toasted some brioche buns.
Salad and coleslaw.
And all the other toppings you might like with your burger.
Sliced gherkins, tomatoes, cheese slices – Cheddar and Swiss.
(I had also bought bacon rashers, but totally forgot to cook them – sorry guys).
A side order of spicy sweet potato wedges.
And of course, a range of sauces.
The rest was up to our guests.
Everyone had fun building their burger exactly to their liking.
Angus beef, Swiss cheese, tomato, gherkin, mayo and relish with a side of salad and sweet pots for Jo.
Veggie, extra cheese, extra gherkins and mayo and relish for me, with a dash of hot sauce.
Pretty much everything for the boys…
We whipped up some classic Margaritas to wash down the burgers.
They are really easy to make. For two you’ll need:
4 shots of tequila
2 shots of lime
2 shots of triple sec/Cointreau
Throw all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker, and shake it like a Polaroid picture. Once the outside of the shaker has condensation on it, you’re ready to serve.
Salt the rims of your glasses and add a lime garnish if you are feeling fancy.
We spent the rest of the night playing Cards Against Humanity, drinking cocktails and beer and fighting over the power to choose the music. Note to all parents – when there is a sleeping baby in the room above, Rihanna is probably not the best artist to pick…
Ps Thanks to Jo, Chris and Mr B for their patience and assistance in the production of this blog post. And sorry for the hangovers.