Both my DDs have their Bdays on Mother's day weekend. DD#2 on Saturday, DD#1 on Sunday.
Long story short, tradition has been that I will either cook a dinner of their choice for them (and a few friends) or take them out to dinner.
DD#2 opted for a back yard BBQ and asked for some really yummy hamburgers, homemade french fries and a lot of "different" appetizers. There is some BG reasons for her guest list to be a bit larger than just a few, but suffice it to say the guest list is about 10-15 people.
So I thought about doing a variety of sliders in the oven.* I won't do the french fries because you need to eat them hot. Once they get cold or sit out for a while FFs are just no good any more.
So here's my tentative menu:
4 pans of sliders (each pan serving 9-12 sliders, so 4 pans would serve 4 sliders/personish)
--1 pan beacon/mushroom
--1 pan jalapeno/jack cheese (I know my audience, this will be appreciated)
--1 pan bbq style (with sauce mixed in the meat and covered with extra sauce, but this one is iffy to me. I know DD#1 loves bbq sauce. Any other suggestions would be appreciated.)
--1 pan plain ol' burgers with cheese on the side
--lettuce, onions, tomatos, ketchup, mustard, buns, etc.
*I'm thinking of making the burgers a day ahead and then warming them the day of in order to serve them all at one time. Or would you stage this by cooking a pan or two, then a half hour later serving another fresh batch of different variety?
--Potato salad and coleslaw or cucumber salad
--Guacamole, salsa and chips
--Tray of fresh fruits
--Crab stuffed mushrooms
--I'm stuck on other appetizer ideas. Any thoughts?
Party time will be from 2:00 till whenever. I'm planning on serving the burgers and salads around 3:30ish/4:00. Apps will be on the table when guests arrive.
Any thoughts? Suggestions? Ideas? would be greatly appreciated.
On to the next day Bday party dinner . . . which will be much smaller (5? people) since it's also Mother's Day and will happen after DD#1 takes me out for a mani-pedi
DD#1 asked for extra yummy burgers and homemade french fries.
I had to tell her that's exactly what DD#2 asked for. Word for Word! So we decided on BBQ pork steaks. I asked her what else she would like and she said "I don't care, think of something yummy!" . . . Me? I'm thinking leftovers.
I'll do the french fries, order extra thick pork steaks and serve the leftover salads, etc. Is that good enough?edited to add a letter.