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Thursday, August 25, 2011

What's for Dinner Tonight? Cheeseburgers, Potato Salad and Fruit

So this is a tricky time of year for me.  I want the convenience of throw and go crock pot cooking but I don't really find myself craving those hot, heavy dishes.  What's a mom to do?  Soccer practice, swim team, working late.......  The only cure for me is PREPARATION!  Tonight we will have grilled cheeseburgers, homemade potato salad and cantaloupe for dinner.  I manage by preparing ahead of time.  Last night I made the potato salad (mine is the best in the world, according to me and my kids and my mom), made up the hamburger patties and cut up a melon.  Tonight when we get home it is a matter of throwing the burgers on the grill and dinner is on the table.  You can also prepare your lettuce, tomatoes and onions or whatever your toppings of choice are.  We prefer sauteed onions so I'll put those on to cook while the burgers grill.  Below are my recipes for potato salad and hamburgers.  

Potato Salad


5-6 pre-baked potatoes (you can microwave them in a pinch but please don't boil!)

1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped

celery seed

3-4 hard boiled eggs

yellow mustard

mayo


Peel and diced the pre-baked and cooled potatoes (you can actually bake them a day or two ahead of time and keep them in the fridge until you are ready to use them.)  Peel and chop the hard boiled eggs (again, can be boiled ahead of time).  Combine the eggs, potatoes and onions in a resealable storage bowl.  Add a tsp of celery seed and 2 T. yellow mustard.  Add mayo to the right consistency.  I usually don't salt or pepper mine at this point.  Put it in the fridge to chill.  When ready to serve taste and then season with salt or pepper as needed.  


Cheeseburgers


1.5 pounds ground beef

3 - 4 T. McCormicks Grill Mates Hamburger Seasoning

1-2 T. Worcestershire Sauce


Mix and form into patties, I typically get 5 - 5 oz patties out of this.  I use a scale to weigh the meat because I hate having one burger left that is really small or really big.  I also have a hamburger patty maker that I bought from Bed, Bath and Beyond that I love.  It makes the perfect size and shape burgers and you can stack them up and store them in the container until you are ready to grill.  Grill them to your desired doneness either on the outside grill or inside grill.  Ours take about 4 minutes on each side and they are a smidge pink in the middle.  Put cheese on them when there is just a minute or two left.  

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