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Username Post: Need Menu help for dinner for party of 30....        (Topic#325404)
Grandma to 3 
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02-12-13 12:26 PM - Post#4046916    

DH and I will be going to OBX in June for a week with my whole entire family. I have 5 brothers/sisters and they are all bringing their families...my DS/DDIL are the smart ones and staying away.

So -- it has been declared that each one of us will get one night to pay for/cook dinner for the crowd. So far I have a sister fixing lasagne, one brother fixing taco's (yeah, that easy), another fixing a chicken/rice casserole and another serving (won't say fixing as they plan on ordering out for it) pizza.

I need to come up with a casserole recipe that is simple, easy to fix and cheap (!!) to serve the clan that fits around that menu. Hamburgers/hotdogs are out as those are lunch options.

So far I've come up with these options....

Tater Tot Casserole
Scalloped Potatoes/Ham Casserole

Problem with those is DH/I have those frequently so I'm looking for new ideas....

What can you come up with??

 
scrapanda 
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02-12-13 12:35 PM - Post#4046924    
    In response to Grandma to 3

What about a big old pot of chilli? Or homemade mac and cheese with homemade chicken strips and a veg?

 
hockeymom24 
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02-12-13 12:55 PM - Post#4046928    
    In response to scrapanda

i like the scalloped pototoes and ham or hashbrown casserole and ham. Ham is so easy and not something that is on the menu to begin with.
Or you could even do a ham and potato soup with a side of salad or biscuits.

 
RedSquirrel 
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02-12-13 02:06 PM - Post#4046940    
    In response to hockeymom24

I think chili or a chunky veg curry would be excellent.

 
Grandma to 3 
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02-12-13 02:22 PM - Post#4046948    
    In response to RedSquirrel

Thanks for all the input. I'd have no problem serving a chili or soup for dinner, But I associate those with colder temps than what we hope to be having in June on the beach.

I'm catching flack from DH about the oven casseroles as it is -- but other than that or a crockpot type meal, I'm at a loss.

 
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02-12-13 03:04 PM - Post#4046958    
    In response to Grandma to 3

what about make your own subs? it could get costly but cook up a ham and then it's a bit cheaper that way. ham, lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, onions, and condiments. serve with chips on the side

 
scrapanda 
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02-12-13 03:47 PM - Post#4046962    
    In response to hockeymom24

You could do a ham and some cold salads then such as potato salad and pasta salad

 
kellcinn 
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02-12-13 06:44 PM - Post#4046978    
    In response to scrapanda

How about making pulled pork or beef in the slow cooker at home and freezing it until your day to cook? It might make it even easier. Thaw, warm, add the salads and buns and dinner is served!


 
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02-12-13 08:37 PM - Post#4046990    
    In response to kellcinn

I like the pulled pork idea. You can get pork loin fairly cheap. Do it in a couple of crockpots, one bbq and the other could be terriyaki or whatever you guys like. I'm not big on buns so I would use tortillas instead. Green salad, potato salad and slaw.

You could do a baked potato bar. Bake them in crockpots or the oven (I have one of those big electric roasters so I would use that. Then have toppings like...sour cream, butter, cheese, mushrooms, black olives, chili (canned is fine), bacon, chicken, lettuce, tomato, etc.

 
scrappinmamma 
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02-13-13 08:10 PM - Post#4047226    
    In response to kellcinn

  • kellcinn Said:
How about making pulled pork or beef in the slow cooker at home and freezing it until your day to cook? It might make it even easier. Thaw, warm, add the salads and buns and dinner is served!




I was thinking the same thing! You can buy hamburger buns and have sandwiches.

 
Ashl3yS 
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02-14-13 09:32 AM - Post#4047326    
    In response to scrappinmamma

Make lowcountry boil! It's shrimp, potatoes, sausage and corn al.Cooked in one big pot. Just dump it out on the table and let everyone go at it. Shrimp will be cheap because its in season then.

You boil water and oldbay seasoning and garlic cloves. Add the corn then potatoes. Then sausage and last the shrimp with shells on. They only cook for 3 minutes or you'll overdo them. It's that easy and it feeds buckets of people. We do it all the time down here!

 
Grandma to 3 
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02-14-13 10:07 AM - Post#4047332    
    In response to Ashl3yS

Thanks everyone for their ideas -- I'll bring them up to DH this weekend and see what he thinks. He has to help cook!!

Unfortunately the easy route of burgers/sandwiches are out because I'm told that is usually the fare for lunch. I sure hope I survive this week with 30 people in one house......

 
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