(Closed) BIG family dinner, ideas??

posted 6 years ago in Cooking
Post # 3
2191 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

why not do something diferent…. morroccan chicken w lemon, cassoulette (french style chicken thights and sausage and bean stew), or more traditional american pot roast, turkey/chicken dinner

Post # 4
2418 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

You would easily make pulled pork sandwiches, chili or pot roast for that many people.

Post # 5
5956 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

I don’t know a person alive who doesn’t like a good, slow cooked pot roast, you put that honey in that morning with some potatoes and carrots, let it cook all day long, the house will smell amazing, and all you have to do when it’s time to eat is cut & serve!

Post # 6
2622 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

All good suggestions from the above. 

Since they are used to family style I woudl stick with that (and it would be easier)

you could do a large beef roast or ham with roasted potatoes, minted cranberry carrots, steamed asparagus with a balsamic reduction (all surprisingly easy) 

moraccon stuffed pork loin (you will need probably two of them) with some acorn squashes, quartered, rice pilaf, and veggies of your choice. Hummus, artichoke dip etc make good appetizers here as well as spanikopita bites (made or store bought)

Pork with grapes and tarragon You can do the first two steps ahead of time, then do step 3 right before serving. 

Braised Pork Adobo, serve with yellow rice garnished with chopped cilantro, corn, tomato and cucumber salad with a creamy lime vinaigrette etc. All this stuff can be made ahead of time.

Post # 7
8444 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I think it depends on the family.  If they’re adventurous eaters, I’d definitely do dim sum (I did this for my FI’s family that is Italian and the loved it), it’s fun, everything is bite sized, and you can have a big variety of dishes.  If you don’t have the time, or his family isn’t that daring, I’d second the pot roast idea (I make mine with carrots, celery, onion, mushroom and serve it over twice baked or mashed potatoes).


Post # 8
3261 posts
Sugar bee

I think 4 cheese stuffed shells are really good for large crowds because the filling is easy to make and you can count out how many shells you want to make. Rachael Ray has an excellent recipe for it!

Post # 9
7647 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

I would do sandwiches, salads, and dessert. Otherwise I am a slow cooker freak.

However, when we have our get-tgteher once we get into our house we are going to do pulled pork and ribs, since Darling Husband loves to bbq in his smoker. Then just coleslaw, potatoe salad, and some trays of different stuff. Simple, but still good.

Post # 10
7311 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

I’d go for a pork tenderloin. Slow roast it with apples, or wrap it in sage and pancetta then roast. Serve with gourmet mac & cheese (smoked gouda or gruyere would work well) and steamed or roasted veggies (carrots, sweet potato, broccoli, whatever suits your fancy).

The trick with pork is to NOT cook it until it is well done. Contrary to what has been drilled in our heads, pork from any reputable butcher shop does not need to be cooked until 165 to be safe to eat. 150 is perfectly safe, and the meat will be much less dry than if you cook to 165. Once you pull the meat out of the oven, tent it with foil and allow the roast to rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing. This will also make the meat more juicy and delicious. Oh, and go to a butcher shop for a good cut of meat. Don’t trust your grocery store.

Post # 11
1865 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I have 7 siblings, plus my parents, so I grew up cooking for 10 on a regular basis. 

I have a few favorites that my mom makes all the time for guests coming over. They all meet my siblings (and DH’s!) approval and they’re easy to make.  If you want any of the recipes, PM me and I’ll send them to you!  

Turkey or Chicken Salad Wreaths

Lemon-Garlic Chicken (this one is in the crock pot and tastes AMAZING!)

Chicken enchiladas (my mom’s has a white enchilada sauce instead of red)

Chicken and stuffing casserole

Mexican Lasagna (it uses tortillas, taco meat, refried beans and chilies.  DH loves this one)

Beef Burgundy

German Hamburgers (burger and/or sausage, mustard, cheese, onion and parsley stuffed into hollowed out french bread loaves)


Post # 13
9139 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@BLynn:  Chili bar.  Make the chili in a big crock pot (or two.)  Serve alongside a table with condiments such as cheddar cheese, sour cream, bacon, fritos, etc….

Post # 14
6015 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

My Mother-In-Law regularly has all of us over for dinner, that’s about 15.  She makes alot of things with rice, like gumbo.  She also makes Chilli, shepards pie and circle cut ham with mac n’ cheese.  She always gets one of those bags of salads and adds cucumbers, tomato, and squash to go with whatever she serves.

Post # 16
1477 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I would do twice baked potatoes, chicken cordon bleu, roasted veggies with tons of oregano, a garden salad with lots of toppings, fancy mac and cheese with bacon, cornbread casserole, focaccia bread, a pot roast or spare ribs. For dessert, a fruit tart, tiramisu, and cookies.

Pretty much everything above can be prepared in advance, except for the roast and ribs, but those take a while to cook, so they would need to be started well in advance.

It sounds like they have lots of variety for dinner, so I would mimic that. My DH’s family always has large family dinners with amazing Arabic food. I never try to do one of thier dishes, but I do include a lot of variety of other foods when they come over. For DH’s family, I would do a menu like above for them.

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