Family Cookout

The weather is getting nicer (well it is here on the southeast coast, at least), and families are looking for more fun things to do outside.  My friend Cynthia, has shared a fun idea that her family did for dinner on an old favorite... hamburgers!!

They just patty burgers and seasoned with salt and pepper.  She got big 'fun' FRESH hamburger rolls from her grocery store's bakery section.  Then, she put out a variety of toppings for everyone to top their own burger.  The neatest thing about this SIMPLE idea is that when you let your kids take ownership of what they're eating, they're more likely to EAT IT (or at least try it).  Here's a list of the toppings that she had and the other sides that she served (WITH recipes...YUM!!)

  • swiss cheese
  • cheddar cheese
  • tomatoes
  • lettuce
  • raw onions
  • caramelized onions (super easy to do...just slice onions, put in non-stick pan with generous amount of butter and a few sprinkles of sugar..cook until tender and brown)
  • bacon
  • pickles
baked beans - homestyle canned baked beans to which I add approx. a tablespoon of molasses and a tablespoon of bbq sauce while it cooks
pasta salad - (I make the night before or that morning.)
  • 1 box of pasta noodles
  • 8 hard boiled eggs
  • 1/2 a sweet onion
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  •  salt
  • pepper
  • mayonnaise 
  1. Cook pasta and let it cool.
  2. Boil the eggs, peel them and let them cool. After they're cool, chop them into two pieces.
  3. Finely chop onion and green pepper.
  4. Once pasta and eggs are pretty well cooled, mix together and add onion, green pepper, mayonnaise, paprika, salt and pepper.  (The amount of mayonnaise that you use is up to you.  The more you use, the more 'gooey' your pasta will be.  So, add SMALL amounts at a time.) 
Cynthia also mentioned that with the leftover toppings, they made side salads to serve with dinner the following night!  GREAT way to not waste all of those yummy fresh veggies that go bad so quickly!

Thanks so much for sharing this with us, Cynthia! 

If YOU have a recipe you'd like to share, PLEASE... snap a picture of it and e-mail it to me at handyhousemom@gmail.com

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