How to Feed A Crowd
After the Planning
You can adjust these recipes for the amount of people you are expecting. The recipes are made for groups of 16, 25, 50 and 100.
Chicken for 50
Meat loaf for 25
Coffee for a crowd
Cabbage slaw for 50
8 dozen brownies
Scalloped potatoes for 16
Ambrosia fruit salad for 100
Oven-Browned Chicken for 50
3 pounds onions, thinly sliced
75 chicken legs
75 chicken thighs
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 Tablespoons salt
1/2 Tablespoon pepper
1 1/2 Tablespoons paprika
1 1/2 pounds butter or margarine, melted
Arrange half of the onion slices on the bottoms of shallow baking pans. Add chicken pieces in a single layer. Top with remaining onions. Combine flour, salt, pepper and paprika. Sprinkle over the chicken and onions. Pour butter over all. Bake at 375 degrees F for 1 hour or until chicken is brown and tender. Serve with the onion and pan juices. Serves 50, 3 pieces each.
Meat Loaf with Tomato Sauce for 25
1 can (1 lb. 12 oz) crushed tomatoes, about 3 cups
4 cups soft bread crumbs
4 pounds ground beef
2 pounds ground pork
1 Tablespoon Worchestershire sauce
2 cups chopped celery
1/2 cup finely chopped onions
1/2 cup chopped Italian parsley
8 slices (1/2 lb) bacon, cut in half
Tomato Sauce (recipe follows)
Combine tomatoes and bread crumbs and set aside. Combine beef, pork, Worchestershire, eggs, celery, onions and parsley. Mix well, then stir in tomato-crumb mixture. Shape into 2 loaves. Lay bacon strips over tops of loaves. Bake 375 degrees F for 45-50 minutes. Allow to cool 15 minutes before slicing. Serve with Tomato Sauce (recipe follows) Makes 25 portions.
4 cans cream of tomato soup
1/4 cup horseradish
1/4 cup prepared mustard
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1/8 teaspoon pepper
Combine ingredients in a saucepan and heat through, stirring often. Pour over meat loaves.
For ease in handling, do not double recipe for 50 people. Prepare it twice.
Coffee for a Crowd
If you do not have a large coffee urn, you can use a large stock pot to make 100 servings of coffee.
2 1/2 pounds coffee, regular grind
5 gallons water
Allow 2 quarts cream per 100 servings
Allow 2 pounds sugar per 100 servings
Tie coffee in a cheesecloth bag which is large enough to hold at least twice that amount. Drop bag into boiling water. Cover tightly and reduce heat so coffee does not boil. Let stand 20 minutes. Plunge bag up and down in coffee several times then remove from coffee. Keep coffee hot. Makes 100 servings.
Cabbage Slaw for 50
5 cups sour cream
1 1/4 cups vinegar
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 1/2 Tablespoons salt
1 1/4 teaspoons pepper
12 pounds green cabbage, shredded (should be crisped in water before shredding, then chilled)
Combine all ingredients except cabbage. Add cabbage just before serving. Makes 2 1/4 gallons of slaw or enough for 50 portions, 2/3 cup each.
Scalloped Potatoes for 16
1/4 cup chopped onions
1/2 cup butter or margarine (1 stick)
1/2 cup flour
2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
6 cups milk (1 1/2 qt)
8 cups (2 qts) thinly sliced potatoes
1 cup small buttered bread cubes
Sauté onion in butter until tender, about 5 minutes. Whisk in flour, salt and pepper. Gradually stir in milk and cook until thickened. Starting with potatoes, layer potatoes and sauce in a buttered 13 X 9 X 3 inch baking pan. Top with bread cubes. Bake 375 degreed F for 1-1/4 hours or until potatoes are tender. Makes 16 servings. Prepare more batches rather than doubling recipe.
8 Dozen Brownies
12 squares (12 oz) unsweetened chocolate
2 1/4 cups (about 1 lb) shortening
4 cups (1 qt) flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 dozen eggs
6 1/4 cups sugar
2 Tablespoons vanilla
3 cups chopped walnuts or 5 cups flaked coconut
Melt chocolate over hot water or in microwave 30 seconds at a time (stir after each 30 seconds). Add shortening. Mix flour, baking powder and salt together. Beat eggs. Add sugar and vanilla to eggs and beat well.
Add chocolate to egg mixture and blend. Add flour and nuts, beating until just blended. Pour to a depth of 3/4 inch in well-greased 8 inch square pans. Bake at 350 degrees F for 25-30 minutes or until edges begin to shrink slightly from pans. When cooled, cut into 2 inch squares. Makes 8 dozen.
Mixed Fruit Ambrosia
Sections from 4 dozen oranges
7 packages flaked coconut (7 oz each)
10 cans fruit cocktail (1 lb each)
2 1/4 cups sugar
Combine fruits, coconut and sugar in large bowls. Chill thoroughly. Serves 100, 1/2 cup each.
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