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Cooking For Crowds: Have A Crock Pot Buffet

Updated on March 21, 2013

Crock Pot Food Ideas

This piece is about using crock pots to keep hot foods hot instead of using chafers. First of all what are those? They're oblong, metal covered pans with the fire underneath.The thing is that those are great, but what if you're not calling a caterer, and you don't have any chafers? Of course you have the option of placing pans on electric burners, but that just doesn't look the same. At least with the crock pots, you can line the back of buffet table with a whole long line of them. Now, I know you're thinking,"I only have one crock pot." That's true. Most people only have one if any at all. What you can do is borrow one from everyone attending the party. You might just be able to get them to cook the dish that's going to be served in it if you're lucky.

When you're having a big gathering of course you're concerned about what you'll be serving. It doesn't always have to be the traditional fare for the specific time of year. You can draw up a menu that suits you're situation with keeping hot foods hot, not necessarily including the foods people think they'll be eating. It could be a BBQ, a birthday party, a holiday party, a graduation party, a retirement party, a shower or an average Saturday night at home. To survive with crock pots you'll have certain things that you can serve. Some of those things include:

  • Chicken Alfredo
  • Ravioli
  • Spaghetti
  • BBQ Pulled Pork
  • Scallops
  • Shrimp and Rice
  • Chinese Food
  • Chile
  • Enchilada Bake
  • Steak Bites
  • Meatballs and Gravy
  • Noodles
  • Rice
  • Green Bean Casserole
  • Mexican Salad
  • Short Ribs and Sauce
  • Pepper Steak
  • Cheesy Pasta
  • Sausage and Sauerkraut
  • Prime Rib and Special Sauce
  • BBQ Bacon Chestnut Wraps
  • 7-Layer Mexican Dip
  • Cheesy Potatoes
  • Warm German Potato Salad
  • Escalloped Apples


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