Ultimate Recipe Swap: Feeding a Crowd

Summertime seems to be the season of get-togethers. Family reunions, birthday parties, softball team barbecues, graduation parties, and 4th of July get-togethers all congregate during the summer months. My inner Martha loves this. There’s nothing more exhilarating to me to have a crowd come feed at my house. Good thing I was born into a big family. Large gatherings are par for the course.

Unlike Martha, however, it’s just not my season to prepare multi-course sit down meals for many. Instead I do what places like Souplantation, Sweet Tomatoes, and Sizzzler do – I host a buffet. I try to organize them around a theme so that there’s some thread pulling all the dishes together.

If you and your 42 cousins were coming to my house, I might serve you one of the following:

Salad’s On! – A salad bar is great for summertime. Everything can be made ahead of time. It’s cool and refreshing. Prepare three to five different salads, just be sure to include some proteins to fill the men up and quiet their squawking. Serve bread and butter on the side.

Caesar Salad
Rice and Bean Salad
Potato Salad
Pasta Salad
Asian Chicken and Noodle Salad
Baby Greens with Nuts, Cranberries, Turkey, and Blue Cheese

Lots of Pasta – Practically everyone likes noodles. Make a large salad, garlic bread and a few choices of pasta dishes.

Shrimp with Noodles and Cream Sauce
Red Sauce with Meats

Viva la Fiesta – Mexican food is simple and hearty. Provide a few different dishes, beans, and rice, and plenty of salsa.

Cheese Enchiladas
Queso Fundido
Crockpot Enchiladas
Shredded Beef Tacos

And of course, the perfect summer dessert for a crowd is an Ice Cream Bar! Nothing too complicated there, just stock up on multiple flavors of sale ice cream and different kinds of cones. But, to give it a cool twist (pun intended) you could use this very snazzy ice cream scoop. Go here for your chance to win it.

What do you cook up when the crowd comes to your house? Share your recipe with us!

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  1. Chili cook out with lots of corn on the cob. Or a wiener roast also with lots of corn on the cob, and salads.

  2. Cardamom says:

    Cleaning the whole house ALWAYS takes longer than it's supposed to! There was once many years ago where I was going to go room-to-room and do the WHOLE THING – 3 months later I was starting to despair! Now I'm learning to think in smaller chunks. With 9 children, it just takes a lot to keep up with the daily stuff, let alone digging out from NOT keeping up with it before and accumulating too much stuff. Hang in there!

  3. I posted a raw blueberry pie recipe that fits in with almost any dietary restrictions, so it's great when cooking for a crowd.

  4. Hi! I posted a fun and affordable chocolate baked (or grilled) banana dessert – so easy! Feeding a crowd nowadays can get costly – this recipe is worth trying.

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