How to Cook for a Crowd

Cooking for a crowd can be so rewarding, especially when it's for a room filled with friends and family you love. But it can also cause some serious anxiety. It need not, however, and to help you plan for your next big event, we've gathered together our best tips and recipes. Do these four things and you can feed a large group and look forward to it too.

Plan it out. Choose your menu wisely by picking dishes that deliver big results with little effort. Things like big roasts, casseroles and stews are great options that stretch.

Keep it simple. Stick to your favourite recipes, and if you do attempt a dish that you think might be challenging, leave yourself lots of time to make it.

Make-ahead. This is a top tip our own food team employs when we cook for our friends. Opt for dishes you can make the night before, or do-ahead and freeze. We're partial to this freezable Seafood Fettuccine Bake.

Schedule the big day. Block out your time on the day of the event, starting from when your guests arrive and working backwards. Then add an hour -- the time you'll give yourself to tidy and freshen up before your guests arrive.

Now all you need is the menu. Check out all of the ideas below which feed eight or more.

Looking for more entertaining tips? We've got those here.

Cabbage Rolls
Jerk Roast Pork
Greek Moussaka
Quesadilla Pie
Pork Pie With Oka Mash
Seafood Fettuccine Bake
Swedish Meatballs With Rich Gravy
Three-Cheese Rotolo with White Sauce
Chicken Fricot
Orange Spice Pot Roast
Chicken Stew with Dumplings
Southwestern Pulled Pork with Pineapple
Oven-Braised Barbecue Brisket
Spicy, Saucy Rigatoni Bake
Crown Roast of Pork with Prune and Bacon Stuffing


Tags: entertaining, holidays


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