Last Friday night we had friends over for dinner. I was in a bit on an inspiration rut, and tired of making the same dishes when we entertain. One of the tricky things about being a vegetarian is finding meals that everyone is happy to eat – some people think it’s not a meal unless there is meat involved! I find it easier to serve food that is easily adaptable – I can either add meat at the last minute, or serve a vegetarian alternative.
For our latest dinner party I decided on do it yourself burgers. It was perfect for a relaxed Friday night, and meant that everybody could have what they wanted for dinner. I bought a variety of meats, fillings and buns to choose from and put them on the table so our guests could share.
I also made hand cut fries from sweet potato and regular potato (peel and cut to desired size, boil in saucepan until soft enough to pierce with a fork, put on baking tray and sprinkle with olive oil and a little salt, then bake in a 180 degree Celcius oven until brown).
– Chicken breast (marinate in your favourite sauce if you wish)
– Angus beef
– Vegetarian patty (from the cold section of the supermarket, or a homemade patty with chickpeas and vegetables)
– Lettuce (I use a restaurant blend from Coles – just wash well and serve)
– Snow peas
– Capsicum (I love red or yellow as it’s so sweet)
– Sweet chilli
– Baps (the flat hamburger buns)
I know this seems like a very simple idea (and maybe a bit of a no-brainer!), but it’s a fun idea for a casual Summer dinner party with good friends. The other thing I love about it, is that it is a lot healthier than buying take away. The burgers and chips aren’t greasy, and you could have a burger without a bun if you wished. You are really only limited by your imagination!
What are your favourite burger fillings? Does beetroot belong on a burger?