July 4th Party – Hamburgerfest 2009

July 06, 2009 By: erik Category: Food, Partying, Photos, USA 333 views

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July 4th PartySince moving abroad, I have begun a family tradition of eating hamburgers on the fourth of July as sort of a homage to my homeland. To Europeans, the hamburger is the quintessential American food. Like all stereotypes, this one is also false. I suspect that if you surveyed random Americans, less than 20% would name hamburgers as being “the most American food”. But I make a damn good burger, and I don’t mind feeding the stereotype a little bit.

Like last year, we invited some friends over for a little hamburgerfest.
Balloons on Door

Every good party needs some balloons announcing it both to invitees and non-invitees. This photo of our knobless front door may also serve as a visual aid for my previous post.

Balloons on Door

Although also the colors of the French and Russian flags (two countries that red-state Americans can’t stand), we had to go with the old red, white, and blue. Sacrebleu! If they didn’t align horizontally to make the French flag! Euroballoons, whatcha gonna do?

2.3 kg meat = 16 patties

Mixed with my special blend of spices, I made the burgers into patties in the early afternoon and let them sit in the fridge for several hours before cooking.

When I make hamburgers for Marga and myself, I normally buy 400 grams of ground beef and make three burgers. One for Marga and two for the chef. So with a total of 5 couples at the party, I figured I’d make 15 + 1 burgers (2.5 kg), just to be safe. This turned out to be a mistake as I ended up only getting one burger myself. Next year it’s two per person.

July 4th Party

Hamburgerfest 2009 participants. Hooray for tripods.

We tried twice to put Nora to bed during the party, but she was having none of it, so she spent the party lying down on the floor (her most favoritist activity!) in the living room kicking excitedly to salsa music.

See the Clay Keepsake on the shelf behind us?

Can Bin - Morning After

The can bin, the morning after.

It was a good party. With the exception of a slight miscalculation on burgers, and Marga’s failed first attempt at a tiramisu, the party was a great success.

 
  • http://landofnospice.blogspot.com mondraussie

    photos of hamburger patties, but no photos of the burgers themselves? and no hint as to what makes yours a “damn good burger”? i want details!!

  • http://www.erik-rasmussen.com/ Erik R.

    I’m sorry, mondraussie, but that’s a matter of National Security and you just don’t have the clearance.

    I regret not photographing an actual burger like I did last year, but I was so busy serving that I barely had time to snarf mine down. I’ll do better next year.

  • Paul

    I think I spot rum, Scotch, and Bombay Sapphire gin on that table. Is that Bailey’s Irish in a cooling container?

    Did you spend the day making ice?

  • http://www.erik-rasmussen.com/ Erik R.

    That’s Bailey’s behind a french press coffee maker.

    Two trips to the gas station to buy ice.

    Manolo is an excellent drink mixer, so whenever he’s at a party and we’ve had our coffee, someone brings him some glasses, a bowl of ice (see yellow bowl above), lemons, and all the fixin’s. He made me two gin & tonics since I wasn’t driving anywhere. Mmmmm….saphirey goodness.

  • http://simonlitton.wordpress.com simon

    My wife may be able to help out with the tiramisu thing…

  • http://www.thegradys.net Alan

    I suspect that if you surveyed random Americans, less than 20% would name hamburgers as being “the most American food”.

    Really. I would think it be much much higher than that.