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Recipes Fit for a Crowd

It’s almost Memorial Day, and you know what that means – a string of parties, picnics and potlucks that only begins to subside in September. But don’t let that stress you out. I’m certainly not complaining. I love spending an afternoon or evening with my friends, relaxing and enjoying the company and delicious fare.

As someone who enjoys cooking, I look forward to any chance to let my culinary experimentations shine. But I know not everyone shares my adventurous food spirit and there are some folks whose dietary restrictions keep them from partaking in certain dishes. I keep that in mind when I’m bringing a dish to a potluck or when I’m hosting a cookout, since I don’t want to get too crazy and make something no one is willing to eat.

With just a few simple twists on classic flavors it’s easy to create a menu that goes beyond the usual potluck suspects but still pleases a crowd.


What’s your favorite dish to prepare for a crowd? Let me know in the comments!

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Dave Beaulieu says …

One of my gotos for a larger crowds is bruschetta. Traditional toppings are great, but I also love new ones, like this version http://www.noreciperequired.com/recipe/mushroom-bruschetta with sauteed balsamic mushrooms and a big of goat cheese.

David Crowley says …

Timely article, thanks! I came up with this Steak & Mushroom Farro as a nice way to stretch some good beef with a crowd. Have made it for 50+! (roughly doubling the recipe) http://cookingchat.blogspot.com/2009/06/steak-mushroom-faro.html

Annemarie says …

I love to make homemade ice cream or sorbet. Here is one of my favorites: http://realfoodrealdeals.com/2012/04/17/mango-sorbet/. The recipe makes a small batch of mango sorbet, but it's easily doubled or tripled for a crowd.