Conquering Large Quantity Recipes

Big, Big Pot for Large Quantity Recipes,

What? You don't have pots and pans of this, um, magnitude?

No worries, there are more practical approaches to large quantity recipes and feeding a crowd, anyway:

Multiply, divide and conquer.

Multiply: Create Large Recipes from Smaller Ones

It's not always easy to find great recipes for large groups. Or, perhaps you have your heart set on using Aunt Betsy's rum cake recipe or Uncle Joe's potato salad recipe although they only serve 8 or 10. Multiply! Any recipe can be multiplied... up to a point.

  • As a rule, you can double or triple a recipe, but no more. Beyond that, complications arise and you don't have bowls and pots big enough anyway.
  • When you do multiply a recipe, keep in mind that baking several dishes in the oven or baking in deeper dishes than a recipe calls for will increase baking time. Watch that oven like a hawk.

Divide and Conquer the Menu

What if doubling or tripling a recipe isn't enough?

  • Make the recipe several times, if need be; caterers do. Especially if the recipe is complicated, you're much better off making the original recipe several times than trying to multiply it.
  • This works: Prepare more than one entree, more than one dessert, more than one side dish. (Was that a "less is more" or "more is less" moment?)
  • Test everything.

Large Quantity Recipes

Although there is more to feeding a crowd than just finding huge recipes, they sure come in handy. I'll be adding recipes of 25 servings or more to this list regularly.

"New Manhattan" Clam Chowder for 50 or More

Almond Chicken Salad Tea Sandwiches for 25

Crab Dip for 25 or More

Tabouli for 50

Carrot Cake for 50

Shrimp Gumbo for 50 or More

Coconut Shrimp for 50 to 100

Simple Salsa for 100

Mango Salsa for 100

Ginger Grilled Pork Tenderloin for 25 or 50

Muffaletta Sandwiches for 50

Shrimp Cocktail for 50 or 100

Easy Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes for 50

Sloppy Joes for 50

Chili for 50 or more

Trash Can Punch for 100

Wedding Punch for 12, 100...

Shrimp Fettuccine for 50

No Baste Turkey for 25 

Return to Cooking for Large Groups: Tips and Charts 

Help with large quantity recipes: Cooking Conversion Charts 

Food Planning for Smaller Parties 


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