Creative Big-Batch Dishes To Serve a Crowd

Creative Big-Batch Dishes To Serve a Crowd
Creative Big-Batch Dishes To Serve a Crowd

Do you have a big group coming over for dinner soon? Start brainstorming delicious feast ideas now. Put away the takeout menus, forget the pizza place’s phone number, and tie on your chef’s apron. Here are a few creative big-batch dishes to serve a crowd that are sure to please.

Pressure-Cooker Chili

Not only is chili a tempting crowd-pleaser, but it’s easy to cook if you have a big Crock-Pot or pressure cooker. Brown your meat of choice (ground turkey and beef are the most popular options), add your favorite beans and sauteed vegetables, and do something different with the spices! Try paprika, turmeric, or even garam masala for full-bodied flavors. Leave to cook for six hours. You can make sides and desserts as the chili cooks, and you’ll have a full meal ready by the time your guests arrive.

Baked Mac and Cheese

Even the picky eaters and young ones in your family will dig into a good baked mac with gusto. Blend your favorite cheeses—cheddar, gruyere, even gouda—into the sauce and add plenty of seasonings. Crumble some bacon in with the pasta and cheese sauce if you’re so inclined. Before you pop it into a 350-degree oven for half an hour, finish it with panko crumbs or crushed-up crackers to get that golden crust on top.

Beef Brisket

Beef brisket, one of the biggest and most satisfying cuts of beef, is tender and juicy when cooked low and slow. It provides enough meat to feed a small village, and it’s a big blank canvas for unique flavor combinations. Swap out your regular brisket for the Wagyu variety for a buttery texture and umami flavor, or rub it down with brown sugar and paprika for a sweet and smoky taste.

Pizza Bar

You’ve probably seen taco and sandwich bars around before, but why not make the DIY experience more interesting for your guests? Have a big batch of pizza dough, either homemade or store-bought, on hand to make mini pizzas. Set out a spread of delicious toppings like Italian sausage, olives, peppers, and pineapple. Pizzas, especially small ones, don’t take long to cook, and your guests will be a part of the cooking experience!

Next time you have a crowd coming for dinner, don’t fret. Feeding a large group is a hefty but artistic and rewarding undertaking. Roll up your sleeves and get to cooking one of these creative big-batch dishes to serve a crowd.

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