No Muss, No Fuss

I actually kind of hate that saying.

And I’m immediately regretting entitling this post with it.

Oh, well.

It’s Monday, my expectations weren’t that high for a post title anyway.

Anyway, the POINT is that I had a little 2-person dinner party with my friend Brooke (see: Chi-rish) the other day.

Now, I don’t claim to be an expert hostess or anything.  I haven’t hosted enough parties in my lifetime to lay claim to a title with such gravitas.

But three things I do know about entertaining:

1.  Don’t try anything too new.
2.  Don’t try anything too complex.
3.  Wine.  Plenty of wine.

You may remember the ladies night dinner party I hosted a while back.

I made meatballs.  They were legendary, as per usual.

But I gotta tell you, they were a little work-heavy.

This time around, I went with ground meat again (this time turkey), but made burgers.

They were infinitely less time consuming.

Here’s my dad’s recipe:

Easy Turkey Burgers
Serves 4-6, depending on how much meat you want {twss}

1 pkg lean ground turkey (mine was 1.4 lbs)
3-4 scallions, chopped
1 egg
1/3 cup breadcrumbs
salt+pepper to taste
1 T vegetable oil (or other oil with high smoking point)

Mix all ingredients in a large mixing bowl until just combined.  Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until it begins to ripple.  Form meat into patties and brown in skillet, about 5 minutes per side.  Once browned, cut through the center of one burger to make sure the juices run clear.

I served these on whole wheat buns (Trader Joe’s brand, obviously) with a squirt of ketchup.

The ketchup bottle farted when I squirted it onto Brooke’s burger.  I laughed like an 8 year old boy.

Like I said- I’m not an expert hostess or anything.

I made some easy roasted potatoes and broccoli (both made on foil-lined sheet pans for easy clean up) on the side.

And I kept the wine flowing, because people like you more when you give them wine.

Errr…I mean, people like wine.  Yes, that’s what I meant.

You probably shouldn’t use any of my entertaining tips.

But you should make this menu.

It’s easy enough that even a fully grown woman with the maturity of  Billy Madison can pull it off without breaking a sweat.


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9 thoughts on “No Muss, No Fuss

  1. Hahaha I giggled for awhile when I read about the farting bottle.

    My moms dog farted as she jumped onto a chair yesterday. It scared her and she ran across the room. I laughed about it all day.
    Some things just never stop being funny.

  2. I agree – never try anything new when you have people over – I’ve sadly learned my lesson the hard way. I tried a different technique for making bbq ribs – and they were awful – and it was for my SIL’s birthday and I had 12 people over – we ended up ordering pizza!

  3. I don’t know much about entertaining either but 3. lots of wine is probably the only step I know of!

  4. I always giggle when I hear fart noises. Or the word “ball.” It will always always always be funny.

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