I am in charge of a gathering of approximately 85 people for a Christmas gathering. I would like an idea that all would share the making of.
I have ruled out barbecued pork, lasagna, phiily steak sandwiches, and need a fresh idea. Can anyone help me.
I will serve Christmas cookie goodies and have eggnog and a punch, but I am at a loss of main course.
It will involve children of all ages also.
Thank you for your help.
First off, are u the only one going to be doing any cooking? Is anyone else bringing any side dishes or covered dishes?
My only idea, and not sure how great it is, is for a baked potato, salad and soup bar. It sounds to me like everyone will be helping to get the meal prepared. Doing a vegetable soup would involve lots of chopping, same with salad. You could make make special toppings for the potatoes like chili, bbq beef, or chicken in a creamy sauce, and don't forget the broccoli & cheese! Good luck, whatever you decide on.
I would do a ham, mushroom meatballs, mashed or scalloped potatoes, a simple lettuce salad or coleslaw and a veggie like kernel corn. Of course rolls, pickles etc. Just an idea. Karen
Okay! When it comes to Holiday meals. Most people know they are going to get a nice meal. Or get tired of so many Holiday functions with the same meal served at every one.
I would suggest you reconsider the lasgna. You could make several trays of them ahead of time and freeze them. To help with the meal preparation.
Here are a few holiday meals of functions I have been too.
Hotdogs, chips, and cookies --yes! Seems off! But it was intended for children and family.
Beef (like you would find at a high class restaurant, sliced thinly), mash potatoes or parsley potatoes, green beans, applesauce or tossed salad. Dessert table.
Stuff chicken, mash potatoes, gravy, corn, green beans, coleslaw, applesauce, and a dessert table.
Turkey, stuffing, mash potatoes, corn, green beans, coleslaw, applesauce, and a dessert table.
Lunch meat layered sandwhiches, potato salad, pasta salad, soup, chips, dips, and crackers, and dessert table.
Is the location a church or a community center that has a kitchen, or does all the food have to be brought in? Is it going to be buffet or served?
One thing I haven't seen suggested yet is Mexican. If it's buffet you could do a build your own taco bar. There could also be some black bean and corn salads, fresh fruit, and maybe churros or flan for desert.
I like the idea of a taco bar, but I would also suggest make your own taco salads. John Woverine's recipe for taco salad is easy and oh so good!
Goodness! I have never cooked for 85 people w/o a team of helpers! I went to an open house over Christmas one year, and the hostess had "stations" all around the house. She used hot trays and crockpots to keep things warm. She has stuff plugged into electrical strips. People brought dishes, warming apparati, serving utensils and plates/cups/plastic forks, etc., and strips. They took home leftovers and dirty dishes.
Here are some of the things I remember (She had lots of help.)
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