Entertaining: Burger Blitz

By Sheniqua Faulkner
In Feature, Food

Fall sports are in full swing; gather the gang at your place for an afternoon of noshing, sipping and enjoying the game at home.

 

When you can’t be at the game, nothing is better than enjoying the action from the comfort of your own living room. Take it to the next level by inviting over friends, preparing some delicious food and enjoying the hard-hitting action in all its HD glory.

Thyme for Blue Burgers
(Serves 4)

WHAT YOU NEED:

• 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese (2 ounces)
• 1 tablespoon Schnucks unsalted butter, softened
• 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
• 4 ground chuck hamburger patties
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
• 4 onion-topped sandwich rolls or English muffins, toasted
• lettuce, tomato and red onion slices (optional)
• Dijon mustard (optional)

WHAT TO DO:
1. In small bowl, with fork, mix blue cheese, butter and thyme until blended.
2. Make indentation in center of each burger. Place one fourth of blue cheese mixture in each indentation. Shape ground beef around cheese, then flatten each burger into 3/4-inch-thick patties. Sprinkle burgers with salt and pepper.
3. Preheat large skillet or grill pan over medium heat. Add burgers and cook 10 to 12 minutes, turning once, for medium doneness and an internal temperature of 155°F.
4. To serve, place lettuce, tomato and onion on bottom half of rolls; top burgers with mustard, if desired.

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Nosh
Because fans cannot live on handfuls of snacks alone, plan to prepare a more fulfilling meal. Grill up this sports-watching fave with a twist and your guests will be cheering for you come party’s end.

Atmosphere

Get your guests pumped up for the action by putting some effort into your décor. We’re not talking about painting your man cave with your team’s color (although that would be sweet); just a few touches that make fans feel festive. To start, instead of plain cups, napkins and plates, score ones emblazoned with your team’s logo (service ware prices vary, available at Party City, 10861 Old Halls Ferry Rd.).

Fun
Halftime is the perfect time to play your own games. Switch off the report and grab a controller for your own gridiron matchup. Released in August, EA Sports’ “Madden NFL 11” for Wii, XBOX 360, Playstation 2 and 3 and PSP is the latest in the popular video game lineup and is sure to get some friendly competition going among your crew (prices vary by gaming platform and new or used condition, available at GameStop, Saint Louis Galleria).

Sips & Snacks
Most game-watching party hosts throw out a couple of bags of chips, some cans of soda or beer and call it a day. Schnucks Greek Mediterranean Platter features hummus, olive tapenade, muffaletta salad, feta cheese, an assortment of olives, pita bread and chips, elevating your guests snacking options with a party platter beyond your typical crackers and cheese (serves 15-20, $48.99).

And while you’re elevating your guests’ experience, why not offer more than brew to drink? Serving an easy-drinking wine is a good idea for those who prefer vino over beer. We like Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Syrah and Cabernet. The Syrah is a soft red with ripe berry fruit aromas and flavors with hints of vanilla and brown sugar spice. The Cabernet features jammy notes of sweet fruits complemented by a blend of Malbec, Syrah and Merlot to balance the flavors. Both of these wines are accessible and easy to drink, perfect for a laid-back day of hanging with friends (Syrah, $9.48; Cabernet, $12.99; prices good through 12/5/10 at Schnucks).

 

1012_435.jpgThyme for Blue Burgers

1013_435.jpgSchnucks Greek Mediterranean Platter

1014_435.jpgChateau Ste. Michelle’s Syrah

1015_435.jpgSchnucks Greek Mediterranean Platter

 

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