Hosting a World Cup Party: Rachael Ray’s Herb Sliders!

(I’m guesting over at Aggie’s Kitchen blog today, talking about stretching a meal with beans … would you join me over there? Aggie’s blog is amazing — all about food and beautiful photography. You’re going to love her recipes, and I’m so lucky to meet up with Aggie here soon in Park City for the EVO ’10 social media conference!)

Now on to soccer …

Every four years, the soccer world comes together for the ultimate championship. And it’s a very exciting time in our soccer-loving home!

The extent of decorations for our party last week was each person wearing a soccer jersey (my husband changed his 3 times). But you can find soccer-themed decorations at just about any party store. Another idea is to print out flags of each team you support and hang them around your home. You can even print out a large poster of the match brackets so everyone can keep track of her team. ESPN has a cool printable bracket you can use.

One of our decorations was a past year’s soccer victory photo that we had blown up and put on canvas. As you can see, we were enthralled by the image, recalling a great moment.

One thing you can do is to prepare your menu from participating countries around the world, with each country’s most popular food and drinks, or combine a few different ethnic cuisines for an eclectic meal.

For example, serve Mexican-style guacamole and chips, Greek stuffed grape leaves, and English fish and chips. We served lunch and Rachael Ray came through for me, as we prepared her Herb Sliders. They were a hit! Burgers are all-American, so those worked for us!

Our guests brought appetizers and we were good to go!

The goal is to have fun and to give your guests a great World Cup experience.

Now for the recipe!

Rachael Ray Herb Sliders
(12 servings, but we tripled the recipe for our size of group!)

1-1/2 pounds ground beef
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
1 tablespoon chopped flat-leaf parsley
1 large shallot, finely chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Dijon mustard

12 soft dinner rolls, such as potato rolls, split (we toasted ours on the grill. Thank you, Costco!) Add your favorite condiments, such as crunchy lettuce, onions and tomatoes.

In a bowl, combine the ground beef, dill, parsley, shallot, salt and pepper; form into 12 patties.

In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat; add 6 patties and cook for 2 minutes, then flip and cook for 1-1/2 minutes more for medium-rare. Repeat with the remaining olive oil and patties.

Spread some mustard on the roll bottoms and arrange on a broiler pan; place a patty on each and top with the cheese. Melt the cheese under the broiler, about 30 seconds. Cover with the tomato slices and roll tops.

Or BBQ. Simple. Tasty. Go USA!

Have you been watching the World Cup?

8 comments on “Hosting a World Cup Party: Rachael Ray’s Herb Sliders!”

  1. We’ve never been big soccer fans, but my middle son (who isn’t allowed to play sports) is going to be the manager for his school’s soccer team this fall. He invited the team over to watch U.S. v. England game. He did most of the party preparations himself–he grilled hot dogs and served them with chips and soda. Easy and delicious! I made a couple of batches of cookies for the boys, and they all had a great time. Now he’s thinking that he should have another Team U.S.A. party this weekend!
    .-= Richella´s last blog ..Silver =-.

  2. I have come to really love RR’s burger recipes!! I host Saturdays with Rachael Ray on my blog – you should check it out and link this!

  3. i have no interest in soccer. no interest at all. however, i’d still pop by for some of that grub, even if it meant hours of staring at the tv with my eyes glazed over. :)

  4. sounds amazing!!! Nan has been watching the US games. We don’t get it at home so she and my hubby have either gone down to my in-laws or to another friends house to watch it. I wish we got it here…she really likes Landon Donovan!

  5. That looks like a house full of fun! We watched some of the games on vacation cheering on our favorite teams.

    The sliders have got to be tasty with all of the dill. Dill is one of my favorites!

    See you soon!
    .-= Amy from She Wears Many Hats´s last blog ..Bush’s Beans & Bloggers too! =-.

  6. Counting down to the USA-Algeria game. Too early for sliders but they still look good!
    .-= ellen b´s last blog ..June Blooms… =-.

  7. Love World Cup! Growing up in an Italian family it’s basically our super bowl! lol!

    What a fun party! The food looks great!

    Thanks so much for guesting over at AK! I love having you over, can’t wait to see you tomorrow girl!
    .-= Aggie´s last blog ..Underestimating: Stretch a Meal with Bush’s Beans! =-.

  8. The cool thing about a WC party is, you don’t even have to mention the soccer part if folks aren’t big fans. Just have a bunch of international flags and food from all over the world. The WC is all about internationalism, much more than sport.

    By the way, went to a Pampered Chef party where they made sliders in the oven on a baking sheet. Rolled out the ground beef, scored it into squares (a la White Castle burgers), then baked it. Made perfect little burgers with no mess.

    In the spirit of the World Cup …

    .-= The Training Table´s last blog ..Harvest Time =-.

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