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Old 12-08-2017, 05:13 PM   #1
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Need help planning birthday dinner

I want to surprise my boyfriend with a nice, home cooked dinner for his birthday, but every time I ask what he wants he says "idk a burger from In n Out". I want to make like an actual, three course dinner for him but he isn't making it easy. He doesn't like vegetables, or beef (I know this doesn't make sense because he's 80% burger, but I digress). Any ideas on what I could do? I want to make him something he likes, but I really don't want to just go through the in n out drive through for a birthday dinner.

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Old 12-08-2017, 05:28 PM   #2
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Old 12-08-2017, 05:38 PM   #3
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I want to surprise my boyfriend with a nice, home cooked dinner for his birthday, but every time I ask what he wants he says "idk a burger from In n Out". I want to make like an actual, three course dinner for him but he isn't making it easy. He doesn't like vegetables, or beef (I know this doesn't make sense because he's 80% burger, but I digress). Any ideas on what I could do? I want to make him something he likes, but I really don't want to just go through the in n out drive through for a birthday dinner.
How about roasting a couple of spatchcocked Cornish game hens? You can serve a Caesar salad (prepare it table side, it’s really impressive!), some Brussels sprouts roasted with with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and a mousse or sabayon for dessert.

Let us know what you decide!
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Old 12-08-2017, 05:53 PM   #4
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How about roasting a couple of spatchcocked Cornish game hens? You can serve a Caesar salad (prepare it table side, it’s really impressive!), some Brussels sprouts roasted with with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and a mousse or sabayon for dessert.

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Doing poultry is a good idea, I don't know if I can afford game hens because I'm a college student lol, and the Caesar salad idea is also good. I was thinking about making banana pudding for dessert, it's his favorite and my great grandma passed down a recipe for it. Thank you for the ideas!
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If he loves burgers that much cook him a burger meal that's out of this world.
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Old 12-08-2017, 07:15 PM   #6
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If he loves burgers that much cook him a burger meal that's out of this world.
This is what I would do, too. Make caramelized onions - sliced onions slowly cooked in butter with a little salt, over low heat till they're browned and soft. You can do this in advance and reheat it for serving.

Buy some nice cheese at the deli counter, so you can just buy it by the slice. It's less expensive that way. Also get a tiny wedge of real Parmesan and some pretzel buns to serve the burgers on.

Make your Caesar salad and serve the burgers topped with melted cheese, cooked bacon and caramelized onions. Then your banana pudding for dessert. It will be great
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All is right in the world with a really good burger.

As for the banana pudding, I saw Paula Deen (of all people) arrange a layer of Pepperidge farm Chessmen cookies across the top of her recipe. Looked stunning.
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Doing poultry is a good idea, I don't know if I can afford game hens because I'm a college student lol, and the Caesar salad idea is also good. I was thinking about making banana pudding for dessert, it's his favorite and my great grandma passed down a recipe for it. Thank you for the ideas!
I just checked on the price of frozen Cornish game hens at our local (not high-end) supermarket. A pair for $6.99.

I know your boyfriend likes burgers, and some folks have suggested that you make him an epic burger. That’s a great idea, but it doesn’t strike me as very romantic, if romantic is what you’re going for. If all you wanna do is put a big smile on his face, then maybe a burger would be the way to go!
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Thirty-four years of marriage talking here Making an effort to make your partner happy is plenty romantic
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If you don't want to go through the drive-thru (and I don't blame you), here's an In-N-Out Copycat Burger Recipe that might be worth trying:
In-N-Out's Double-Double, Animal Style Recipe | Serious Eats

Maybe it's the best of both worlds. He gets his favorite burger, but it's special and means something because you made it for him yourself.

Other than burgers, what does he like? You said he doesn't like vegetables or beef, so that limits things a little. Does he have any other meals he enjoys? It might even be worth secretly pulling his mom off to the side, and asking if she'd be willing to share with you a favorite recipe she made for him growing up, so you could make it for him. Believe me, all guys like that sort of thing, no matter the age.
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