Entertain/Food / May 22, 2013

Burgers With Your Besties

Memorial Day Grilling - Burgers

Kick off the summer right this Memorial Day weekend by inviting your besties over for grilled burgers in the backyard. To make it a little more interesting (and stimulating for yourself), try one of the internationally-inspired recipes below which will be sure to surprise and delight your guests. What could be more fun than celebrating America with one of its most favorite foods – the burger!

A Little Latin Flair

Latin Burger via Food Republic
Latin Burger via Food Republic

Burgers with Caramelized Onions, Jalapeño Relish and Red Pepper Mayonnaise
(Recipe via Food Republic)
Wine:  promisQous Red or White

Suggested Side:  Grandma Peggy’s Mexican Rice Casserole
1 C. raw rice
2 C. sour cream
1 lb. jack cheese, grated
16 oz. can diced green chiles
1 lb. sharp cheddar cheese, grated
Salt to taste

1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Cook rice as usual. Combine with sour cream and salt to taste. If you are feeling frisky, add a dash of Cayenne Pepper as well.
3. Arrange half sour cream and rice mixture in bottom of casserole dish. On top layer chiles, jack cheese, and more chiles.
4. Cover with rest of rice mixture and dot with butter. Top with cheddar cheese. 

The Skinny Girl

Backyard Grilled Brie Stuffed Turkey Burgers with Avocado and Greens
(Recipe via Relay Foods)
Wine:  Middle Sister “Smarty Pants” Chardonnay, or Middle Sister “Goodie Two-Shoes” Pinot Noir

Suggested Side:  Spelt Salad with Fava Beans

Oriental Greetings

Asian Pork Burgers via Food & Wine

Asian Style Pork Burgers
(Recipe via Food & Wine)
Wine:  Middle Sister “Sweet & Sassy” Moscato

Suggested Side:  Ginger Spiced Cucumbers

Treats from the Middle East

Middle Eastern Lamb Burgers
(Recipe via Chow)
Wine:  Purple Cowboy Tenacious Red

Suggested Side:  Cherry and Herb Salad

So get grilling girls!  And show your friends how to kick off summer the right way!

XOXO – @girlinthevalley


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